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’ ....
Vacancy for a Parent Governor
YOUR CHANCE TO BECOME A PARENT GOVERNOR
A vacancy has occurred for a parent governor. This is an excellent opportunity to become involved in school affairs. Governors are drawn from all walks of life and, if you feel you have something to contribute, please don’t hesitate to put your name forward.
Around The World in 80 Days
QUEEN ELIZABETH’S GRAMMAR SCHOOL, HORNCASTLE
Chipping Norton Theatre & Oxfordshire Theatre Company
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS
Thursday 13 November 2014, 7.00 pm
Year 7 Big Sleepover
This year the sleepover event for our new year 7 students was as busy and exciting as ever. After a long week in school the evening began with building towers with jelly babies, eating a few along the way, some uplifting singing and splashing around in the swimming pool. It was then time to make themselves at home in a classroom, setting out sleeping bags and being entertained by the wonderful sixth form helpers playing games and watching films until midnight was approaching. Most of the year group managed a brief sleep!
Saturday saw a quiet but hungry year group tucking into breakfast then ready to head outside and build on their teamwork skills through problem solving tasks. Out on the field there was equipment galore and lots of discussion about the best way to meet the objectives. Transporting water, ping pong balls or themselves on precariously placed logs were some of the tasks to be completed. After some lunch in the sunshine the final stint was rocket making, dropping and launching!
Everyone took part in their own way and enjoyed the whole experience so a huge thank you to each of the sixth form helpers, teaching staff, catering team and Edward Kinnear for all of their efforts in making it a success.
Challenge Award Scheme
The Challenge Award scheme at QEGS aims to give students a chance to undertake an activity of which they may not have any other means of achieving. The Parents’ Association allots a certain amount of money to successful applicants, giving them the opportunity to do something they care about. Choices of challenge range immeasurably: learning a new skill, or acquiring further knowledge and experience of an existing talent; trialling for charity; or simply going on an enjoyable venture. Another category of Challenge Award, of which my experience falls into, is a personal affair.
A Commemoration of the Life of Władysław Szpilmanby Juliette Bretan
My Challenge Award was a very personal trip for me to be able to see sights connected to a Holocaust survivor called Władysław Szpilman, whose story has had a very profound effect on me. I decided to commemorate his life on my Challenge Award because his story has had a very great effect on my life, and seeing the places he saw and visiting places he knew; effectively walking in his footsteps, was an important action personally that I felt I needed to take. My life has been changed through knowing about him; by the sheer strength, courage and perseverance this man had. He was not only a very talented man, not only survived the Holocaust, but also lived a wonderful life afterwards, despite losing his close family, his possessions and his home, and having to deal with starvation, disease and desperation during the war.
One of the most crucial parts of my trip was to see Szpilman’s grave, and to pay my respects to him. It was one of the most important, moving and heart-rending moments of my entire life and it meant so much to me to be stood there.
British Transplant Games
Over the summer holidays Declan Bennett in Year 11 took part in the British Transplant Games in Bolton. He achieved the following in the swimming events: gold in the 50m butterfly, 50m backstroke, 50m freestyle, 100m freestyle and relay; also he gained silver in the 50m breaststroke. Our congratulations go to Declan on his achievements.
The Astonish[ing] poet Anne Stevenson visited Q.E.G.S., to discuss her poetry with sixth form ‘gifted and talented’ English Literature students. A regular visitor, she again delighted students by reading her poetry, explaining her inspirations and back stories, and encouraged them to be curious about the world around them. The students were thrilled to have the opportunity to talk to a “real-life” poet. We can now all read more of her work as Anne donated signed copies of two of her volumes of poetry to our library.
Making Poetry: a student’s perception.
The poet Anne Stevenson visited Q.E.G.S on Tuesday 30th September to talk to 14 ‘Gifted and Talented’ English students about her writing.
Stevenson discussed her poems’ possible meanings and her views on modern poetry. She held that it is the contemporary poet’s aim to achieve an unknown area of consciousness; to remind humans that they are not machines despite the incessant shrill tones of computers intertwined with humanity; and to turn the unconsciousness into consciousness. Her view was an encouraging one: she urged students to write poetry so they could embrace their creative thought and not let their souls wither.
Some of her poems especially were touching because of their backstory: the poem ‘Suicide’, for example, concerned Stevenson’s ideas about why her son’s best friend had killed himself as a young man. Some, too, had themes: ‘Why Take Against Mythology’, a two-part poem, was veined with the conflicting concepts of God and science, whilst ‘False Flowers’ was a description of the changing nature of love in a relationship, seen by Stevenson as a necessary act; and the essence of death.
What stood out was Stevenson’s eloquent recital of her works: her profound reading of the poems was bursting with deep feeling; every syllable she breathed was an insight into her magnificent life and prosodic genius.
Students thought the event was brilliant, and will benefit greatly from the experience of meeting such a remarkable poet. The school, too, will benefit: Stevenson donated two of her books to the school library so generations to come can also appreciate her brilliant work.
By Juliette Bretan
Student Council Trip
On Friday, 18th July 2014 the Student Council ventured out to ‘The Showroom’ in Lincoln for a day’s activities. These included rock climbing, dance mats, bowling and parkour which the students were thoroughly excited about. On arrival we split into three groups and were ready to take on the challenge. In the “party room” we tackled the dance mats and were set the task of working in pairs to get the highest score. The difficulty then went up a notch as we had to attempt a reflected version of the challenge, which proved confusing but satisfying when the correct technique was mastered. Then we had a short break to catch our breath on the mini ten pin bowling lanes.
Parkour was something completely different, incorporating specific controlled moves similar to gymnastics in order to overcome obstacles. Although difficult at first, all students had a brilliant time and found overcoming a new experience rewarding. The instructor told us at the end that we were one of the best beginner groups he had ever taught and thoroughly encouraged us all to come back in the summer and take part in the workshops and activity days that he was organising. Rock climbing had to be one of the most daunting of tasks due to the sheer size of the walls. After initial instruction on how to climb safely and how to look after your partner, the group took it upon themselves to scale the wall one by one and tried to get a high as possible. Many of us managed to get to the top and even Mrs Bourne got in on the action.
Overall the day was not only fun and challenging but succeeded in bringing the council closer together and was extremely rewarding after a year’s work. We developed our teamwork skills, communicated clearly and all fully involved ourselves in the new activities. We would like to thank Mrs Divers for organising and taking us on the trip as well as Mrs Bourne for accompanying us.
RAF Scampton Visit
On 16 September ten lucky Year 9 students boarded the school minibus to enjoy a fun, action-packed morning near Lincoln.
They were about to be part of an event organised by the Education-Business Partnership which would be reported on both Look North and Calendar News later in the day. The EBP had secured the participation of many successful and famous companies such as Rolls Royce, Aston Martin, Jaguar Landrover and Bentley.
Students made model gliders and cars, learned about the jet engine, and spoke to university students who had built their own real-size automobile. They picked up posters about ‘Bloodhound’, a British project which will shortly attempt to break the land-speed record.
They listened to celebrities such as Professor Brian Cox, and spoke to the television presenter Jason Bradbury, whose brothers attended QEGS.
Finally they watched a breathtaking display of aerobatics by the world-renowned Red Arrows, and still were back (more or less) in time for afternoon school.
A morning to remember indeed!
S C Ward, M Priestley
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.