Welcome to Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School and thank you for visiting our website. I hope that your visit enables you to capture the essence of our vibrant and dynamic school community. As well as being extremely proud of the school’s long history, I am equally impressed with the range of activities our students get involved in. It is a privilege to lead this remarkable school; students who are friendly, ambitious and creative; staff who are dedicated, caring and talented. Our standards are high; we expect every member of the community to aspire to be the best they can be.
Following a recent survey, we are proud that the points below were rated by our parents/carers as ‘Outstanding’ ....
The poet ‘dreadlockalien’ visited QEGS on Friday 18th July, to work with Y9 for the day. He began by asking students if they thought poetry was boring; most of the year group admitted to feeling that it was. However, after listening to him reciting some of his own poetry, and writing, producing and performing their own poetry, the students discovered poetry can be fun! At the end of the day, when asked if they still thought poetry was boring, no one felt it was, suggesting the day was not only really enjoyable for everyone involved but also very effective in changing minds!
‘Milk’ by Ben Robinson: the winning poem (voted by students),
If we didn’t have milk we wouldn’t have a life,
Neither would my baby ‘cuz it comes from the wife.
Mothers’ milk is what babies are needing
And that’s why we must support breast feeding.
I hope you don’t laugh ‘cuz this ain’t rude,
It’s just how babies naturally get their food.
You just don’t know how much milk is worth,
Everybody needs it on planet earth.
Now I’ll share some news with you that will lift your brow,
Where does milk come from? Well it comes from a ... GOAT.
Anyway, what do I do when I get a little break?
Well, I go out and get me a chocolate milkshake.
But don’t worry, the fat ain’t scary,
‘Cuz the product is mostly dairy.
Milk can be made into butter and cheese, too,
Don’t try to correct it, respect it; it’s valuable like me and you.
Y8 Lake District Trip 2014
On the 9th July, expectations were high as we prepared to embark on a residential trip to the Lake District. There had been an abundance of hype and build up prior to the visit so (naturally) everyone was excited. It seemed like an age until the bus set off from QEGS, but eventually we left with the mini-bus in tow. The journey started slowly, probably because everyone was still tired from a five o’clockish rude awakening. However after a quick pick-me-up and a bargain bucket at a service station the feeling on the bus was one of high spirits.
Challenge of Management
Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School recently ran a Challenge of Management Conference for its Sixth Form. This involved representatives from local businesses coming into the school and acting as advisors to groups of students as they worked their way through a number of management related tasks over the two days. There is a competitive element to the conference and the photographs shows Mike Frecklington and Kieran Wright from Crowders with the winning team. The school is grateful to the following businesses for supporting the conference by providing advisers; Barclays, Badley Geoscience, Badley Ashton & Associates, Chattertons Solicitors, Crowders, Lincoln Cooperative Society and Natwest.
Cricket Tour – Derbyshire
The Year 9 cricket team along with Mr Wilkinson and Mr Parker set off for Hartington on the 10th July for the school’s annual tour. They left the wet weather behind in Horncastle and arrived at Nottingham in glorious sunshine to see India bat for almost an entire day against England in the second day of the first test at Trent Bridge.
The boys took part in 3 matches during their time in the Peak District. The first game saw the boys get easily beaten in a timed game by a very strong team from Thomas Alleyne’s High School in Uttoxeter. Despite QEGS performing well in the field, the total set by Thomas Alleyne’s was always going to be unassailable.
Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award
A very hot but enjoyable weekend was spent in Derbyshire by Year 10 students completing the Bronze expedition for their Duke of Edinburgh Award. The hills were steep, the footpaths long and the water bottles were emptied almost as soon as they were replenished. However the blisters were few and far between, the pasta was plentiful and despite the challenge there were many smiles.
30 Forms of Transport and more
Angus Graham, Luca Saggiorato and Will Beckett from Year 7, travelled across the county on Saturday 5 July and Sunday 6 July using over 30 forms of transport. They started their journey by train and then travelled by canoe, minibus, bicycle, tractor to name but a few before setting up camp at Jubilee Park, Woodhall Spa. The boys completed their challenge and finished their special quest with a victory lap at Skegness Stadium.
Fundraising for the Teenage Cancer Trust
When I found out about Teenage Cancer Trust (through 'The Body Shop') I thought I needed to do something to help people who were the same age as me. I know a teenager who has been diagnosed with cancer and when they were younger they stayed in one of the units provided by Teenage Cancer Trust. This level of care helped them understand that they were not the only one – and this is why I feel the charity is so important.
When it came to fundraising I decided I needed to choose something that I could do on my own so I decided to do a raffle. I got a 'Body Shop' Christmas advent calendar and sold tickets to parents, teachers and friends. I raised £200 and Mrs Lascelles won the calendar. I would seriously recommend fundraising yourself because it is very rewarding and you can do something good for someone. Every day 7 young adults are diagnosed with Cancer and I helped some of these people by raising money.
Sailing Regatta 2014
My day at Wimbledon Thursday 26 June 2014
On Wednesday 25 June, the night before our day out, we were amazed when we found out we would be seeing Nadal, Watson and Federer. Excited, we woke early on Thursday morning and caught our train from Luton Airport Parkway to Wimbledon. Our arrival at Wimbledon greeted us with an exciting doubles match playing on the outside courts, but we were here to see the big boys play so we grabbed our strawberries and cream and planted ourselves in our court side seats.
Nadal was on first and had a tough match as he was playing Rosol, who beat Nadal two years ago in the same round; however, Nadal had the crowd’s support. Rosol won the first set but Nadal’s fitness and skill carried him to victory with 3 sets to 1.
The England Women’s number one seed played our second match: Heather Watson. She unfortunately lost her match to the German Kerber, but she undoubtedly tried her best playing some fantastic tennis. These two great matches went on for so long that we had to leave to catch our train home just as Federer came on to play. Even though we missed the big Swiss player, we watched two incredible matches.
My day at Wimbledon was an amazing experience and we will be applying for ballot tickets again for next year. Hopefully we will get more great opportunities in 2015 to watch the best players of the great game of tennis.
After a very successful cricket season for the QEGS teams the Year 9 team eventually lost in the semi-final of the County Cup Competition to William Farr. The Year 9 team bowled and fielded superbly, restricting William Farr to 101-9 off their 20 overs. (Umair Khan and Karan Gupta taking 2 wickets a piece)
The QEGS batting line up was reduced with the team losing captain Guarav Kacker to injury whilst fielding. With the number 3 batsman unable to bat QEGS were eventually bowled out in the final over for 60 despite the best efforts of some attacking batting by Hugo Finley and Blake K-Forrester particularly.
The Year 9 team depart for their Derbyshire tour tomorrow morning (10.7.14) and can be rightfully optimistic after competing very well all season.
Congratulations also to the Year 8 team, captained by Alfie Lindsey who reached the quarter final of their County Cup Competition before losing to South Axholme school from Doncaster in a very close encounter at Haxey Cricket Club.
Coastal and Wolds Squash Tournament Report
Despite a disappointing low number of entries, the tournament was still very enjoyable with QEGS coming out on top. QEGS, Skegness Grammar and Banovallum made up the tournament and throughout the day there were some close and fierce encounters. It was clear from the start the QEGS team made up of Josh Spivey, Alex Booth, Louis Williams, Cameron Burford Bradshaw and Dominic Horton would dominate the competition. The hours of preparation they had put in during the Tuesday afterschool club as well as four of the five students being club performers. The pressure was very much on to perform to our potential. Winning all of our games QEGS came out as clear winners.
QEGS Students also assisted the competitions manager in scoring and teaching other students from Skegness and Banovallum how to score. They really were a pleasure to spend the afternoon with.
With time to spare at the end of the competition the Competitions Manager then ran two friendly leagues with students competing for themselves QEGS once again were victorious with Alex Booth winning his league and Cameron Burford-Bradshaw winning the other.