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.
Students: "I have felt confident studying at this school for seven years and would not want to study elsewhere." "I believe my teachers have provided me with really good support and have continuously motivated me." "QEGS has the best learning environment in which to complete my studies."
Following a recent survey, we are proud that the points below were rated by our parents/carers as ‘Outstanding’ ....
Christmas Fair 2015
The Fair this year will have a wonderful Christmas atmosphere, together with the Christmas tree and the smell of mulled wine and hog roast filling the hall.
We would be grateful for donations of bottles, books, cakes and any tombola items. Please take to the school office.
Our auction will commence early in the evening. If you are unable to attend you will be able to send in sealed bids.
Our school production this year is Honk! - an Olivier-award winning musical comedy based on the story of the Ugly Duckling.
Students from all year groups are taking part as actors, singers, musicians, directors and stage crew.
The performances are on Wednesday 9th - Saturday 12th December, 7pm in the main hall.
Tickets will be available for purchase via ParentPay shortly.
Please come and support us!
Programme of Students Exchange - Mellendorf 2015/2016
This is the link to the current German exchange programme Programme of Students Exchange 2015 in Mellendorf.pdf
Strengthened Links with Bangladesh
The partnership links set up between Tabgi Secondary School, Bhola Island and Horncastle were strengthened last week by the visit of Asim Acharjee to Horncastle. Since the partnership was set up in 2013 it has grown in strength with reciprocal visits by staff to both schools, the most recent by Mrs Bargh to Bangladesh in January this year. Whilst in Horncastle Asim talked about his pupils lives in Bangladesh to students at both QEGS and Banovallum School. He shared pictures and videos taken by both staff and students from Tabgi and work produced for QEGS and Tabgi's on-going British Council Partnership project 'through the window'. Cultural similarities and differences were discussed and Asim answered students questions. He also spent a morning at New York Primary School and immersed himself in QEGS school life by coaching badminton too.
Summary of the School Development Plan 2015-16
Every year the Senior Leadership Team prepares a plan that brings together all the priorities for the coming academic year. This plan is called the School Development Plan (SDP) and it is put forward to the Governing Body for approval. For 2015 - 16 we have identified three priorities:
The governors have now approved our plans and we have already started working on them. We have to report on our progress three times a year to governors who ensure that we stay on track to deliver on all three priorities.
We are extremely proud of our A level students who have delivered excellence across the board. These impressive A level results say much about their hard work and their determination to be the best that they can be; over a quarter of results being either an A grade or one of the prestigious A* grades. Just under a fifth of our students gained at least one A* grade within their three or four A levels. Our Head Boy, Alby Brennan, and Head Girl, Jasmine Roberts, led the way with an impressive set of A* and A grades for their A levels. Alby heads off to Cambridge to read Languages and Jasmine to the London School of Economics to study Geography. They were kept company by Michael Reiners who secured 3 A* and Ben Shingler who secured two A* grades and two A grades. Perri Connor and Stephanie Garner delivered all three of their A levels at A* or A. Not to be outdone, Chris Ravenscroft, James Law and Stephanie Garner produced A grades across the board. The overwhelming majority of our students have secured their first choice university place or been accepted on apprenticeship or training schemes. This time last year, Ben Warren was celebrating achieving three A* grades and opting to take a gap year before going to university. During his year he has worked as a Sixth Form Learning Mentor at QEGS and taken up the challenge of studying for an A2 in Biology; he earned an A* and heads off to study Medicine at Leicester in September. All our students are to be congratulated on their fabulous achievements. They leave with our very best wishes for the future.
Our Year 11 students have enjoyed success again this year with results of which they can be proud. 40% of the year group gained 5 or more grades at A or A*; just over 70% of students earned their English Baccalaureate. Excellent GCSE results do not happen by chance and come about through the hard work and commitment of students and staff along with unfailing support from home.
Special mention should be made of Emily Cliffe, Holly Cooke, Stefan Mills, Victoria Simons, Oscar Simpson, Joshua Smailes, Alekhya Tiruvaluroo, Rohan Varadaraj, Jake Watson and Jade Wheeldon who achieved A or A* in all eleven of their GCSEs. Petra Bachrati, Veronica Bishop, Lucy Curtis, David Hayes, Caleb McCulloch and Niamh Pearce did exactly the same in ten of their eleven GCSEs.
It goes without saying that we are extremely proud of all our students and the contribution they made to the wider life of the school.
Please fill in the retake form (below) and return it to Mrs Bargh by 12:00 Wednesday 3rd February. Payment must be made (by ParentPay) at the same time that the entry sheet is returned. Your subject teacher should sign the form to confirm that he/she thinks it is in your best interests to retake the unit.
Operation Wallacea - South Africa
Over the summer we went on an unforgettable adventure to South Africa, we all agree that it was the trip of a lifetime. Everything was extraordinary, from the wildlife to the landscape surrounding us.
The journey was long, but definitely worth it. Winter in South Africa is characterised by sunny, crisp days and cold nights, sometimes with heavy frosts. We stayed in an area of the Greater Kruger Area called Balule. The reserve is roughly thirty five thousand hectares, and renowned for its abundance of wildlife. There are over thirty species of mammal including the Big Five. Hippos and crocodiles also occupied the Olifants River. The vast variety of eco-systems results in a substantial variety of flora with over three hundred and thirty six recorded tree species.
The Olifants River flowed directly in front of our camp, many animals used this as their main watering hole so this increased our animal sightings. We were lucky enough to see a giraffe drinking, this may not sound like a significant event but due to their characteristics they do not do so often.
Touch Rugby - International Success
Eloise James in Y11 has been playing Touch rugby for about 18 months and is a regular player in Lincoln City’s mixed team. More recently her skill on the field has brought selection to the regional team and played against Cambridge in August. She enjoyed further success as part of the England Ladies Lions under 18 squad taking part in the Junior Championships. Her team played Wales, European Select and Ireland finishing runners’ up overall. The team played exceptionally well, only losing out in a close final to Wales. Eloise played an important role in their success scoring three tries across the tournament.
Boston United FC trials
Liam Cotton in Y8, has been offered a formal trial period with Boston United Football Club. This is a fantastic achievement and well-deserved. During the trial period, he will have to work hard with training twice a week and matches at weekends. However, he is still keen to represent his school at football and support the team.
Collapsed Timetable Days
The Collapsed Timetable days, held this year on 16th and 17th July, have been a yearly venture since 2009 and were created to give students at QEGS the chance to learn new skills whilst having an enjoyable experience. The two days were split to include one charity-based task, and one reward.
Community activities included helping with the Hungry Caterpillar languages day, litter picking in Horncastle, volunteering in a charity shop and learning basic or emergency first aid.
Around 20 students worked with journalists from the University of Lincoln to produce a 16-page newspaper detailing the events of the two days (you can download a copy by clicking here). Musical pupils played in Horncastle market and some pupils designed and created a new ceiling sculpture for the Sixth-Form Common Room.
Reward activities included trips to attractions such as The Deep, the Bradford Media Museum and Alton Towers. Other students were involved with the ‘Spirit of Sutterby’ archaeology project, which aims to tell the story of the forgotten village near Harrington. Others travelled to London for the day to have a tour of the House of Commons, meet the MP for Louth and Horncastle, Victoria Atkins, and have photographs outside 10 Downing Street.
The Collapsed Timetable days prove each year that there is a wealth of education to be found in the local community, or further afield; ensuring that the pupils are well informed and intelligent young people by the time they complete their studies at QEGS.
Juliette Bretan, L6
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