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Headmaster’s Letter 31st January

Posted on 31st January 2020

Dear Parent,

University offers

UCAS

As you may be aware, the deadline for UCAS applications closed approximately two weeks ago. This is the focus of the majority of Year 13 students – and the Year 13 tutor team – throughout the Autumn term.  Both personal and academic statements are reviewed and re-written many times by the application’s authors, before Mr McTernan reads each statement to each student.  I cannot think of another School where so much time, care and consideration is spent perfecting the prose of two pieces of extended writing.  After that comes the wait for offers, the visits to universities, deciding upon the first and insurance offer and then finally, results day in August where students often know the outcome of their A levels before coming to School because universities release their decisions at one minute past midnight.

 

I am very aware that each student’s journey is individual.  (For some university is not where they want to go next and that is perfectly fine.)  For those applying to higher education, the status of their next destination is personally unimportant to me – it’s the fact they have achieved their goals and have been empowered to make the choices for their future; that fills us all with a sense of a job well done.  With that in mind, I am publishing a list of ‘where we are at currently’ in terms of offers – it’s exciting to think that our Year 13 have so much potential and a bright future ahead of them, with plenty more offers to come.

Aston University (2)

Bangor (2)

Bath Spa (1)

Birkbeck, London (1)

Birmingham (3)

Birmingham City (2)

Bishop Grosseteste (1)

Bradford (2)

Bristol (1)

Cambridge (4)

Cardiff (2)

Chester (1)

City Univ, London (1)

Coventry (4)

De Montfort (1)

Derby (5)

Durham (9)

East Anglia, UEA (2)

Exeter (2)

Greenwich (1)

Heriot-Watt (1)

Huddersfield (3)

Hull (6)

Imperial (1)

Keele (4)

Kent (2)

Kingston (1)

Lancaster (4)

Leeds (12)

Leeds Beckett (5)

Leeds Trinity (1)

Leicester (5)

Lincoln (16)

Liverpool (7)

Loughborough (8)

Manchester (7)

Manchester Met. (1)

Newcastle (17)

Nottingham (8)

Northumbria (3)

Nottingham Trent (5)

Oxford (3)

Plymouth (1)

Portsmouth (1)

Reading (1)

Roehampton, Lond. (1)

Royal Holloway, Lon. (2)

Salford (2)

Sheffield (14)

Sheffield Hallam (9)

Southampton (2)

Surrey (4)

Sussex (1)

St George’s, London (1)

Warwick (4)

Univ of Law (2)

York (14)

York St. John (1)

Sports

A couple of reports for you from students on recent PE department activities:

U14 Regional netball tournament at Repton School, Derbyshire

Our U14 netball team made it through to the regional finals at Repton School last Saturday. Sienna Osbourne (Y9) wrote this report.

On Saturday 25th January, the U14 netball team faced their biggest challenge yet at the regional tournament in Derby. The team consisted of nine players: Charlotte West, Molly Raithby, Lucy Harper-Smith, Katie West, Maisy Watmough, Mollie Swinscoe, Niamh Noble, Freya Warne and me. Despite the tournament taking place on Saturday, the team decided to make the journey the day before: therefore, arriving at the hotel on Friday evening. On arrival at the accommodation, we split off into rooms to unpack and settle in with the intention to meet a short while later for a team gathering. We were then presented with an array of puzzles and quizzes to complete in teams for some fun, before we eventually made our way back to our rooms to get ready for bed.

The squad woke up to an early morning start and began preparations for the games. We were treated to a delicious breakfast before travelling to the tournament. All the schools were split into 2 divisions, us being in a division with Sponne, Loughborough High, West Bridgeford and Lady Manners. We began warming up as a squad, the nerves finally kicking in and then we proceeded to play our first match against Sponne, who we unfortunately lost 12-9 to. The second match was effectively a decider as to whether we had a chance at going to nationals so, with ambition, we battled through our next game against Loughborough High. Unfortunately, our team lost by just one goal – the score being 10-9 to them. Our third game was against West Bridgeford, a great team who we lost 11-7 to. Before our final match, the team decided that we would end the day with a win, and that is exactly what we did. We won 7-6 against Lady Manners due to our sheer determination to prove ourselves and resulted in us coming 7th out of both divisions – an amazing effort from everyone. Congratulations to all the girls for getting as far as they did, especially players’ player Katie West and manager’s player Charlotte West, who both performed incredibly on court. A huge thanks to Mrs Ellerby, Mrs Buck and Miss Naylor for taking us to the tournament and showing nothing but pride in the team.

…and the Y8/Y9 trip to watch Derby v Hull two weeks ago, written by Kishoor Vasuthevan and Arran Price

On Saturday the 18th of January, the Year 8 and 9 boys went on a trip to see the Derby vs Hull game at the Pride Park. It was an early departure, as we had to arrive at around 10am. We were accompanied by Mr Shutes, Mr Kay and Mr Moloney in this trip. It was a long, tiring trip, so long that we had to stop at the service station. This service station was amazing, it had many fast food places in there such as KFC and Subway, but I do have to admit that I was quite disappointed to not see Greggs there or else this service station would have been like heaven.

By the end everyone had reloaded on snacks and had ate enough food. We then arrived at the Pride Park Stadium at around 2pm with the kick-off at 3pm. We were seated the behind the goals. We were all excited for the match. We were in the Derby stand with many Derby fans, yet there were many Hull City fans with us. They all were rooting for their favourite club without any fear of nearby Derby fans.

We then went down to the field to take a group photo. We then went to do to do flag bearing as well. I held up a tremendously huge flag. We saw players like Wayne Rooney train.

Moving on, I do have to say the first half of the game was slow; the standout moment was a showstopping save from Hull City’s goalkeeper, George Long. After some desperate, unsuccessful Hull City attacks, a goal was scored in the 64th minute from Matthew Clarke for Derby with a beautiful header from a corner taken by Thomas Lawrence. In the end, the score was 1-0 to Derby, much to the despair of the many Hull City fans who were watching. We then went back on the bus and arrived at the Marketplace at around 7pm without stopping at the service station. We all were tired and exhausted but were incredibly happy at the end due to this eventful and fun day.

More PE news:

Good luck to following students who are competing in the Anglian Cross-Country Championships tomorrow: Elliot Smith, Isaac Waterhouse, Alice Fearn and Henry Cullen. All good wishes to the U13 Netball team will be competing in the Superzone Final in Louth on Tuesday afternoon.

 

Debating

Our teams have competed in two competitions this week. On Wednesday, in the English Speaking Union Public Speaking Competition, held at Lincoln University, we were runners up, losing to a very good team from Carres Grammar. Fareedah Salawu (Y11) won Best Speaker and Best Personality at the Final. Thank you to Mr McTernan for running the team.

On Thursday, our team of Emily Sharman, Toby Barnett and Rio Rawlings (Y12) competed in the Year 12 MACE competition, winning their heat. The team will now go through to the next round in early March. Thank you to Mr Robinson for accompanying the team.

Holocaust Memorial Day

On Monday, we acknowledged Holocaust Memorial Day. This year’s theme was ‘standing up’ and students spoke about the Holocaust and cited subsequent genocides with a very clear warning that these occur when prejudices permeate rational thought and everyday life. My thanks to Dr Wilton, who coordinated the assembly, and the following students in Year 12: Ellie Brook, James Day, Danielle Bate, Nisha Prabhakar and Pawel Grab. My thanks also to the students attending the assembly that listened attentively and considered in silence what they could do to make their communities a better place.

Careers on the School website

Mrs Watson, our independent careers adviser, has published a careers news leaflet, which has been uploaded to the website. This edition covers some exciting degree apprenticeship opportunities for Year 12 as well as a chance to write for Grimsby Telegraph.

As well as the newsletter, Mrs Bradbury, Heads of Careers, would like to draw your attention to a couple of holiday opportunities for students. Firstly, Grimsby Institute is holding a Chef School on Monday 17th February (10am-2pm) Students that are interested in taking part should contact Ros Aitchison, Student Recruitment Officer, via email tasters@grimsby.ac.uk

Bishop Grosseteste University run two residential summer schools each year, one for Year 10 students and one for Year 12 students. This is a free opportunity for students to come and stay over on a university campus and get involved in both academic and social sessions to experience first-hand what Higher Education is all about. Applications are now open and further details and forms can be found on www.bishopg.ac.uk/summerschools

Any student in Year 12 looking at dentistry should be aware that there will be a free event at Lincoln County Hospital on Tuesday 3 March (6.30pm-9pm). Further details can be found by clicking here. (This is a repeat of an event from November.)

Half-term – a reminder

Please remember that the final day of this half-term is Thursday 13th February. We are not at School on Friday 14th February.

 

I hope you have a restful weekend,

Alistair Hopkins

Headmaster