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Headmaster’s Letter 13th September

Posted on 13th September 2019

Dear Parent

Year 7 Activity week

Autumn term is up and running. The new Year 7 are making their way around school, growing in confidence each day. Year 13 have played a significant role here: students, led by our senior prefect team, ran a week of activities: getting to know you games, crafts, biscuit decoration, a quiz and party games. Tonight, a number of staff and older students will be staying in school after we finish at 3.45pm to run the Year 7 Social Evening. We begin with the legendary string game, follow on with team building activities, a problem solving game which involves dropping something breakable (tbc) from the top of Casterby, (a lot of) pizza and salad, a quiz, a ceilidh and a disco. All things being well, we finish at 9pm. A lot of staff will be giving up time tonight for this special evening. I, and the students, are grateful for what the staff do to provide an education that goes beyond the classroom.

Awards Evening

Students and parents will have received invitations to attend Awards Evening next Thursday at 7pm in the parish church. This is very important evening in the School calendar. We acknowledge students’ success in all its forms: academic results, tenacity, diligence, character, volunteering, creativity. It is an honour to be invited and I do expect students that have received an award to attend. Please can you write to me if your child cannot make the ceremony. After the event we make our way across to the Old Hall for a reception hosted by the Friends. You do not need to book. Our guest speaker and awards presented is a Caistorian, Cameron Richardson-Eames (2004-11), a concert pianist, tenor and Fullbright Scholar, who in his short time away from us has achieved a great deal.

Careers fair and a lecture

Two dates for your (and your child’s) diary. We host our biennial careers fair in school on Wednesday 9 October from 6pm to 8pm. We have approximately 40 exhibitors. They will be representing local and national employers, apprenticeship schemes, higher and further education providers. At the Year 11 evening on Tuesday, Mr McTernan, the Head of Sixth Form, encouraged our students to start looking, three years before they leave formal education. I believe that this can all start from KS3. All are therefore welcome. The following day, Thursday 10 October the University of Lincoln, is hosting a lecture with Professor Sue Black, who is one of the top 50 women in tech. Her academic journey is inspirational and the event is free, starting at 6.15pm. If you would like to know more about booking tickets, the please click here.

Duke of Edinburgh Award Silver expedition – practice

The Silver students departed school today for their practice expedition. The 16 Year 12 students will be walking and camping in the Wolds over the weekend. Thank you to Mrs Sharp, the Silver coordinator, and Ms Dodsworth, Mr and Mrs Moffat, Mrs Leaning, Mrs Hughes, Mrs McKinsley and Mrs and Mrs Palmer for supporting this over their weekend. The expedition proper takes place 28-30 September.

Friends’ letter

I hope you will have received the School’s Friends’ newsletter this morning via ParentMail. The Friends are parents who support the School in many ways. They served refreshment at parents’ evening, fundraise for specific items that we need to purchase and support the School in its aims. Their first event will be a Quiz Evening in the dining hall on Friday 22 November. This is a popular evening so please book your place via ParentMail quickly.

School photos

Students in Years 7, 9 and 12 had individual photographs taken, while students in Year 7, 11 and 13 had either form or year group photographs taken. The ordering and collection process has been delegated completely to Tempest, the photographic firm. Tempest will contact parents directly by either email or text towards the end of the month about how they can order photos online. All orders will be delivered to home now. The School will not be receiving photographs to distribute.


We’re a small school in a compact site in the heart of a Lincolnshire market town. The roads around school were designed for pedestrians and horse and cart. Please therefore can parents avoid doing drop offs on Church Street. The Market Square is perfectly safe. Parents must not park on double yellow lines or block access to the road from driveways. If you do need to drive down Church Street, please note that it does twist and turn.

HPV letter

Parents of students in Year 8 will receive a letter about the HPV vaccine via ParentMail. The consent form is online – if you would like your child to receive the vaccine please follow the instructions.

I wish you a restful weekend.

Yours sincerely,

Alistair Hopkins