Headmaster’s Letter 16th March 2018

Posted on 16th March 2018

Thank you to those that came along to the public performances of House Drama on Wednesday after school and/or managed to pop into the D&T exhibition in the Old Hall. Both showcased the creative talent, organisation skills and drive that our students have in abundance.


Wednesday evening’s house performances were the third of the day for our actors. We were treated to performances of An Inspector Calls, Blackadder V and The Little Mermaid. Despite hosting the plays in the temporary venue of the gym rather than the Town Hall, the teams performed extremely well without stage curtains or lighting. I am grateful to Debra West, Artistic Director of Caxtons Theatre, Grimsby, who judged. She chose An Inspector Calls, Hansard’s entry, as the winner. Thank you to Mr Harris for organising the event, to Mr Thompson, our Performing Arts Technician, for providing his support and to Mr Robinson for technical help.


Across in the Old Hall, the D&T exhibition was well attended by parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, aunts and uncles, etc. This is the end of a long, demanding, (occasionally frustrating) but ultimately satisfying journey for the students. Although the end products were all testaments to the skills that students had acquired since the process began earlier this academic year, I believe it’s the way in which students’ characters evolved through problem solving, developing resilience and learning from errors (which are rarely as catastrophic as one might think) are the true qualities that emerge: these can’t be measured in a mark scheme. Former student James Lockwood, director of ID Architecture, Grimsby, and Rob Cook, a former student and a trainee architect at ID, judged. They selected Luke Roberts, for this transparent computer desk, as the winner. Thank you to Mr Dobson, Mr Birch and Mr Hutson for their limitless resources of support to the students. As well as congratulating Luke, I’d like to congratulate five Year 11 who have been invited to attend for an interview over the Easter holiday for a prestigious Arkwright Scholarship. The five are: Guy Annis, James Bushby, Anna Carter, Ben Dawson and Indumita Prakash. They will be interviewed at Cambridge, Sheffield and Northumbria universities and I wish them well.


We participated in the nationwide BBC School Report yesterday. Here’s our students’ work for you to read and listen to. https://www.caistorgrammar.com/bbc-school-reports-2017/ Many thanks to Mr Davey who ran the newsroom.


Later next term, we will be hosting our Sixth Form Challenge of Industry conference. This two day event (July 12 and 13) sees our Year 12, split into groups, take part in several industry/business based activities to help them develop their skills for the world of work in the future. The aim is to provide students with an insight into some of the issues which face practicing managers in Industry. The Conference is not designed as a recruitment exercise, but to demonstrate the challenges and successes of a career in industry. This has been running in our school for many years now and has been very successful. We have had positive feedback from all those advisers taking part and students alike.  We have had a variety of organisations and companies working with us on these conferences, including Novartis, Centrica, Sealord, British Steel (Scunthorpe), the RAF, Army and Leeds/Lincoln/Hull Universities. We also have a number of smaller local businesses providing support. If you know of any organisation or contacts that would be able to assist us, by sending either one or two advisers to provide assistance to one of the student groups. This year we are also looking to bring in new lead advisors who help run the two days. These days would not nearly be as successful without the incredible support of businesses and organisations from the local community. Please contact the Deputy Head of Sixth Form, Mr Andy Hay (Andrew.hay@caistorgrammar.com) if you would like to support.


Thank you to the Friends for a very successful Race Night in the Gym last Friday. In total, £673.83 was raised. Next Friday morning, they will be hosting an Easter tea in the Old Hall. All are welcome. The Friends do a superb job for the school and they are always looking for additional volunteers from the parents to support their multitude of fundraising activities.


Year 8 are at the Civil War Museum in Newark today. Year 8 assessments, which should have been issued today, will be passed to students on Monday instead to ensure that the documents make it home unscrunched.


I would like to draw your attention to some non-teaching vacancies on the website currently. I am advertising for a Senior Science Technician, exams invigilators, relief cleaners and relief till operators in the canteen. Please pass on these opportunities to anyone that you know who might be interested.


I will write next to you at the end of term, which is Wednesday 28 March. Please remember that, like other Caistor schools, we finish at 2.30pm that day. There will be supervision available for any student for whom the early finish presents a transport problem. Please will parents let us know in advance so that we can expect your child.


Yours sincerely,


Alistair Hopkins