Key dates for the Summer.
Thursday 13th August -
A2 results to be collected from 8am in the Sixth Form Centre.
AS results to be collected at 10am from the Sixth Form Centre.
Thursday 20th August -
Year 11 GCSE results to be collected from the Sixth Form Centre at 10am.
Year 10 GCSE results to be collected from the Sixth Form Centre at 11am.
Senior staff will be available to discuss all aspects of your son/daughter's results with them on these important days and on subsequent days, should they have any exam enquiries.
For any student who may require a post results service please use this form:
Payment for this service should be made via ParentPay and the form returned to Mrs Bargh for any post results service to be actioned.
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. 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
Future Radio and TV Stars at QEGS
A number of students at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Horncastle enjoy a day of creating their own radio programme during their collapsed timetable days (Thursday 16th and Friday 17th July 2015) in which they have a reward day and a day of community service.
The radio programme experience helped one student (Caylen) “appreciate the effort and work that goes into making a radio show” and achieves “a new experience for many of us”. The “effort and work” included finding relevant articles in newspapers then ordering the articles, music and information to be included.
The production of the program “is also very complicated but is easy when you get the hang of it” says Lucy (a student at QEGS) “you have to coordinate and work with your partner” whilst producing, Chloe adds.
More news reports to follow but check out The Smiley Show on the YJA website.
Hitting the airwaves at QEGS
Young newsmakers from Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Horncastle, produced unique and exciting radio and TV news packages today.
Working with YJA Mentors the teams got down to planning their news stories and also received some expert guidance from Tim Johns, Producer for the BBC Radio 2’s The Jeremy Vine Show, and Jake Zuckerman, BBC Look North Presenter, who telephoned each team during the day!
Click here to listen to the radio programme (recorded ‘as live’) and the excellent TV news report.
Year 9 Girls District Athletics Report
On Thursday 9th of July, a team of 9, Year 9 girls attended the Coastal and Wolds athletics Championships at the King George V Stadium in Grimsby.
The team consisted of: Evie Gregory, Emma Haslam, Millie Goodwin, Lucy Gedney, Zoe Ankude, Megan Bennett, Katie Porter, Jess Hake and Morgan Bennett. This year at the Championships was our first year competing in Division 1 after being promoted up from Division 2 the previous year. However, this did not stop us from having a very good day overall, coming home with 6 firsts and winning the Division one Year 9 girls section of the Championships.
Here are the results from the day:
· 100m- Morgan Bennett (1st place)
· 200m- Zoe Ankude (1st place)
· 300m- Emma Haslam (3rd place)
· 800m- Jess Hake (2nd place)
· 1500m- Megan Bennett (1st place)
· Hurdles-Katie Porter (6th place)
· High Jump- Millie Goodwin (1st place)
· Long Jump- Zoe Ankude (2nd place)
· Triple Jump- Morgan Bennett (1st place)
· Shotput- Lucy Gedney (2nd place)
· Javelin- Evie Gregory (3rd place)
· Relay- Morgan Bennett, Katie Porter, Emma Haslam and Zoe Ankude (1st place)
Adding to these successes QEGS Year 9 girls also managed to break 3 records in the division 1 Championships; this was in the 100m, 200m and the relay. The girls were very thankful of Mr Cope and Miss MacLean for taking us and to the Sixth Form helpers who helped to run and organise the events.
Written by Morgan Bennett 9W
Lincolnshire Young People’s Book Awards
I was fortunate enough to take part in the Lincolnshire Young people’s Book awards. It is a competition run annually by Lincolnshire Libraries for the “Best Read” of the year as voted for by young people in Lincolnshire aged 9-14.
The aims of the award are to encourage reading for pleasure, to encourage use of school libraries and community libraries, to encourage debate and critical appreciation of stories and to involve young people in decision making.
I attended the awards ceremony at the Priory Academy LSST in Lincoln on Monday 6th July 2015. There were some authors there that spoke to us about the things that they thought would help “budding young authors like [us]”and what their favourite book/author/character from books they had read etc was. After the award for the best read, which was J. A. Buckle’s Half My Facebook Friends Are Ferrets, we got a chance to talk to the authors themselves and collect autographs from them.
I had a really fun time there and I will remember it for a long time!
By Matthew Eggleton, 9HLincolnshire Young people’s Book awards
Sailing Regatta 2015
Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School Sailing Team stormed their annual regatta and came home with two trophies. Beckett Marshall, 15, took first place in the Topper class, with Roisin Waters, 17, achieving second place and Adam Kemp, 15, third. All three sailors not only beat the competition from other Lincolnshire schools, but also managed to finish before a sailor who will sail at the Topper Worlds at Lake Garda in the summer.
Horncastle’s sixteen participating students can be proud of their achievements. QEGS Sailing Club runs during the summer months with students travelling to Hykeham Sailing Club to sail and develop their racing skills. Staff and Sixth form students who have gained RYA Instructor qualifications will be running Learn to Sail courses over the summer. For more information see the LDSA website. Mr O’Neill, who runs QEGS Sailing, is planning to extend participation to Banovallum students next year. The school’s Sailing Club has been running since the 1980s.
DTRA Ladies Day
On Saturday the 4th of July I helped to organise and instruct at a Ladies only Flat track training day down in Essex.
The training day sold out almost instantly! Some of the women had bikes on the road but had never done anything like flat track before and some of the women had never even ridden a motorcycle, so we had a real mixture of abilities. We split everyone off into four groups of five so an instructor could concentrate on each person more and everyone could have more bike time. We started off on mini bikes which are really easy bikes for learners. They're Kawasaki 110's and don't have a clutch, so perfect for learning! We did some simple drills which aimed to teach basic body position, throttle control and improve steering and riding style. We later moved on to the full oval on the mini bikes and then progressed onto big bikes! I lent my KTM 350 and a couple of other lads lent their 450s. As the day progressed everybody improved and everybody was having so much fun, you could see all of their smiles beaming through the gaps in their helmets! I spent most of the day instructing the ladies on how to ride my big bike and offering tips on the mini bikes. I also did some demonstrations and rode around the track with a few of the ladies showing them the best lines.
All in all the day was a great success! We had so much positive feedback and so many fantastic posts on social media promoting the racing series! We are already planning the next training day!! Hopefully the day has encouraged more women to get into motor sport.
Lincolnshire Schools' Prom
West Street Jazz (our resident jazz band) closed the first half of this year's Lincolnshire Schools' Prom. All performing from memory, our students performed 'Soul Bossa Nova', 'She Said' and 'Runaway Baby'. They had to audition to gain a place at the concert, held at the Embassy Theatre, Skegness. In addition, Fraser Dever performed a tuba solo, Tubaphonics, demonstrating rather unusual techniques on the instruments and the ability to sing and play through the tuba simultaneously - it was a fascinating and excellent performance. For the first time, the Lincolnshire Music and Arts Hub awarded people in various different categories and we had 2 successes. Charlotte Richardson won 'Young Music Maker of the Year' and our brass teacher and jazz band director, David Chambers, won 'Inspirational Leader of the Year'.
On Thursday 25th June 28 students went to Cadwell Park to perform as part of the National Cycling Championships Samba Band. Organised by the Lincolnshire Music Service, the 600-piece band performed on the bank of the track by the start line. The sun was shining and we all had a great day.
On Wednesday 24th June the Music Department had their annual singing recital. Students from all year groups performed solos (some for the first time) and there was also a performance by the Horncastle Community Choir. Genres ranged from Brahms and Schubert to Gershwin and Sondheim. One student even performed a song they composed themselves. This concert concluded our concert series for this academic year and it restarts in December 2015!
Year 10 Mixed Rounders Tournament
Team: Joelle Bromidge, Ioan Clark, Hugo Finley, Grace Fuller, Jamie Jenkins, Blake Keneally Forrester, Alden Midmer, Hattie Needham and Layla Sultan
On Thursday the 24th of June a selected group of Year 10 girls and boys from Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar school, Horncastle, took part in a rounders tournament at Skegness grammar school.
This tournament consisted of 6 schools, meaning we played 5 games and managed to beat our opposition each time, due to our excellent fielding and batting skills. Everybody in the team worked well together and managed to play to the best of their capability, but certain players did stand out, for example; Hugo Finley’s batting skills were incredible, twice he even managed to hit the ball out of the field in which the tournament was held up temporarily, meaning that practically every time he had the chance to bat, he would score the team a rounder.
Read more: Year 10 Mixed Rounders Tournament
BYOD for 6th Form
We are delighted to announce the introduction of BYOD (bring your own device) at QEGS. Initially available to our Sixth Form students, this means that own devices such as laptops, tablets and netbooks can be brought to school and will have approved, regulated access to our school wi-fi network.
The aim will be for BYOD to become an important classroom tool, enabling staff to enhance the learning experience for students of all abilities. It is intended that this increases the use of technology in a broad range of lessons; staff will be able to plan and explore the use of other educational tools, for example, educational apps, the vast majority of which are available in multiple formats across a range of devices for use at school and at home.
Students and parents are asked to read and sign a specific user agreement, which can be found within student planners, before own devices are utilised at school. A copy of the agreement can be found on this page for reference.
Sixth Form BYOD Acceptable Use Policy.pdf
Students can access user guidance on our intranet within the Help section.
GCSE RESULTS FOR QUEEN ELIZABETH’S GRAMMAR SCHOOL, HORNCASTLE
Mrs Heather Payne, Headteacher commented:
Our Year 11 students have enjoyed tremendous success again this year with results of which they can be proud. Nearly 50% of the year group gained 5 or more grades at A or A*; just over 80% 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 Hina Khan who gained 11 GCSEs at A*. She is kept company by Damaris Bennett, Mollie Biggadike, Abigail Hunter, Lucy Thompson and Rosalind Walden who each earned either 9 or 10 A* grades. Others, like Shriya Arya, Catherine Benson, Juliette Bretan, Elijah Catchpole, Nicola Cragg, Tristan English, Matthew Geldard, Daniel Hall, James Haslam, Aaron Hutton, Kate Loosemore, Dylan Moore, Simon Morton, Ahsan Mustafa, Holly O’Neill, and Daniel Scullion achieved A or A* in 10 or 11 of their 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. We are looking forward to welcoming many of them back in the Sixth Form in September.
Exam Results - A Level
We are extremely proud of our A level students who have delivered excellence across the board, surpassing the high standard set by last year’s cohort. These impressive A level results say much about their hard work and their determination to be the best that they can be. We have sustained our 100% pass rate A* - E with over a third of results being either an A grade or one of the prestigious A* grades. Just over a fifth of our students gained at least one A* grade within their three or four A levels. Special mention should be made of Sam Hough, George Needham, Jack Pesterfield and Ben Warren who each gained 3 of their grades at A* whilst Tabitha Bennett, Nia Clark, Matthew Dalton, Lucas Fuller, Sarah Gosling, Ben Samra and Dom Samra, each had 2 of their grades at A*. They were in good company with David Aby, Muzakkir Ali, Eleanor Brown, Elizabeth Crane, Melissa Hill, Rhiannon Pearce, Steven Price, Elanor Siriwardena and Shannon Woodley all earning an impressive array of A and A* grades for their A level subjects. The overwhelming majority of our students have secured their first choice university place or been accepted on apprenticeship schemes. We were delighted to learn that Ben Samra has earned a place at Cambridge to study Medicine. This time last year, Grace Hillsmith was celebrating achieving two A* grades and an A grade and opting to take a gap year before going to university. During her year out, she took up the challenge of studying, part-time, for an A2 in English Literature. She earned an A grade and heads off to study Medicine at Newcastle in September. All our students are to be congratulated on their fabulous achievements. They leave with our very best wishes for the future.