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Headmaster’s Letter 9th November

Posted on 14th November 2018

House Music


Thank you to all who participated in and supported our Senior and Junior House Music competition that took place on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively.  Our two afternoons led to an evening performance on Wednesday.  Charlie Maxson (Y12), leading the three houses off of the stage for a final procession to the back of the auditorium to Tony Christie’s (Is this the way to) Amarillo? will be a lasting memory as will Jonathan Murthwaite’s (Y9) accordion playing.  There were many, many other individual performances of note, too many to list here, but what struck me most was the sense of inclusivity. Several students were performing for the first time in public too!  Although it is a competition, (Ayscough won the senior and Hansard won the Junior), friends supported friends.  And as in previous years, our senior students, led by the house performing arts captains, encouraged some wonderful solo performances, duets and ensembles.  Thank you to Mrs Cooke, Ms Dales and Mr Markham, our Heads of House, who coordinate this and other house activities, to Mr Robinson for leading the technical team of Guy Lyons (Y12), Pippa Baugh (Y11), Jack Dowthwaite (Y8) and Ellie Stothard (Y9), to Mrs Thompson the director of music and Mr Lillywhite, the performing arts technician and finally to Mr McTernan, who oversees the house competitions.


Remembrance service


We have today in School acknowledged those that have died in conflicts in the service of their country.  This morning, two services of remembrance were held.  A silhouette of a WW1 solider was placed on the terrace, with the names of four Caistorians, and we observed a two-minute silence at 11am.  The school will be represented at the Armistice Service in Caistor on Sunday.  Our remembrance service this morning acknowledged the role that we can play in making a world free from conflict. At lunchtime, students gave readings of war poetry.


Traffic outside school


There was a road traffic accident outside School on Tuesday morning when a student was struck by a car.  I hope the student will be back with us on Monday having suffered minor cuts and bruises.  The police attended and statements were taken.  I would prefer that parents don’t drop their child off outside the School’s Church Street entrance because it is a narrow road and the bend by the church means there is limited visibility.  However, if you need to use this entrance, please proceed with extreme caution. The pathway opposite the church is very narrow.


KS3/4 uniform consultation


Many thanks parents that responded to my second request for views about a proposed change to the girls’ skirt.  It is clear that there is no appetite to change the skirt, so the bespoke box pleat skirt will remain.  It is likely that there will be a modification to the guidance about skirt length, but I will explain this later in the year.  We are close to agreeing an arrangement with a second supplier in the Scunthorpe area and I will write to parents about this before we break for the Christmas holiday.



Scunthorpe United


Congratulations to Joey Dawson (Y11) who has secured a scholarship with Scunthorpe United, starting in July, once he has completed his GCSEs. He will remain in full education. Joey is a very determined and committed sportsman and this is a well-earned reward for many years of practice and hard work.


Forest Pines parking


If you collect your child from Bus 7 or Bus 8 and park in Forest Pines car park to wait for the bus, we would advise you that parking there is free for only 20 minutes.


Parent Mail permissions


We take our safeguarding duties very seriously at school.  We often offer students the opportunity to remain in school if they are performing or participating in an evening event. This saves them (and their carer) an unnecessary journey.  We will always ask parents via ParentMail to give their permission for their child to stay behind.  Unless we hear otherwise, giving permission is a firm and unambiguous commitment to putting your child into our care. If you change your mind, please inform us via email to  On Wednesday this week, 20 students did not attend the after-school care sessions before the evening performance of House Music, despite parents giving their permissions.  An hour and a half was spent trying to locate students via phone to ensure that parents knew of their whereabouts.  I am sure you will see that this was an unnecessary use of time.  Thank you for your understanding.


Children in Need


We will be holding our usual fancy dress day for Children in Need next Friday 16 November. The student council will be organising events throughout that day.  I hope as many students as possible use the weekend to plan for the event.


With best wishes for the weekend,


Yours sincerely


Alistair Hopkins