Presentation at the Royal Academy of Engineering
Lower sixth Students, Marcus Horry, Nick Dodrell and Liam Ingamells from Boston Grammar were invited to the Royal Academy of Engineering headquarters in London to present their experiences and thoughts on STEM activities they have been involved in over the past year. This was part of the RA Eng engineering celebration day. BGS was the only school invited on the day and they presented their findings to the RA Eng teacher coordinators, STEM ambassadors and school headteachers. The presentation covered their successes in the Exploration Challenge, The Education Engineering scheme and the Gold Crest Award. The presentation went down very well prompting a great deal of questions from the audience.
BG Group – Exploration Challenge Final
During the summer term a team of Lower Sixth Students undertook a six week national STEM project with the Royal Academy of Engineering and BG Group, who are experts in oil and gas exploration. The project was designed by the BG Group to introduce students to how the oil and gas industry works and give an insight into how science and engineering plays an important role in meeting the challenges that have to be dealt with to provide the gas and oil we use every day.
The main objectives of the project were to decide whether an oil field, Project Apple, has the correct qualities and enough accessible oil in order to be worth the cost of drilling. The students, Liam Ingamells, Luke Bray, Jack Staples, Marcus Horry and Nick Doddrell had to undertake a series of experiments and challenges using specialist equipment provided by the BG Group. Throughout the project students were given the opportunity to interact with BG Group geoscientists and engineers, through the use of an online mentoring website, who advised them with any technical issues.
Once the students had completed their tasks they then wrote a report to determine the effective porosity, water permeability, water saturation, oil permeability and oil recovery factor and advised the BG Group Exploration Manager about drilling operations regarding Project Apple.
The whole scheme gave the students a great opportunity to work with real engineers on a realistic project while developing student’s ability to work collaboratively and independently, while improving their understanding of real world engineering.
The final reports were submitted before the summer holidays and assessed by the BG Group. In September we found out that our report was successful and we have been selected along with two other schools to present our findings and compete for the Exploration Challenge Trophy. This will be held at the BG Group headquarters, Reading in early October.
Arkwright Trust Scholarship
This year Jason Barnes was successful in gaining a prestigious Arkwright scholarship. The Arkwright Scholarships Trust offers Engineering Scholarships to nurture and inspire high calibre school students to pursue a career in engineering and related areas of design. Through a rigorous selection process over several months Jason had to write a letter of application, sit an examination and attend an interview. By being successful Jason now looks forward to receiving a financial bonus, expert mentoring and access to a range of sponsors / enrichment events including engineering experience days.
Students who are currently in Year 11 and thinking of Engineering as a career, who are wanting to take 2 or more of the following subjects at A Level - Design and Technology, Maths, Physics, Chemistry. More information can be found at http://www.arkwright.org.uk/welcome/promotional.htm or see Mr Richards / Mr James for more details.
Engineering Education Scheme – Gold Crest Award
Students Liam Ingamells, Marcus Horry, Luke Bray, Zak Duncan-Johal and Joe Kidby successfully completed the Engineering Education Scheme. This involved working with a local engineering company, Guttridge Ltd for 6 months. Their engineer Steve Lindley visited the school most Monday evenings to oversee the students working on a real problem. This was to find the angle of repose for various materials and to build a testing rig.
During this scheme the students had a residential week at Loughborough University where they started to build their final outcome and start testing. The photograph shows the group presenting their work to other schools.
They also went to Birmingham to present back their final findings to a panel of judges.
By doing this scheme the work also went towards their Gold Crest Award. This is an award run by the British Science Association. There are various levels with Gold being the highest. It is also highly regarded by Universities as students who gain this level have demonstrated they can work independently.
The computer aided drawing (by Marcus Horry) shows the test rig made by the students.
GCSE Results 2014 - Baccalaureate boost
After the recent outstanding performance at A-level, Boston Grammar School’s GCSE results saw a huge improvement in terms of the proportion of students achieving the English Baccalaureate. The figure leapt from 36% in 2013 to 56% this year. There were very impressive performances from Jason Barnes, James Burr, Jeremy Lee, Mihir Rao, Matthew Tudball and Kieran Weston. Mihir and Jeremy achieved 10 A* grades and 11 A* grades respectively. After so much hard work by students and staff it is brilliant to see these well-deserved results.
Record results at Boston Grammar School
Boston Grammar School has recorded yet another superb set of examination results. 98% of all A-level entries were graded A*-E, with 26% of all results being A*/A grades. The hard work and conscientious efforts of students and their teachers deserve to be recognised and commended. Particularly outstanding performances included those of Peter Alexander, Adam Bevan, Simon Brackner, Joseph Burns, Kieran Evans, Adam Fountain, Hamish Goodman, Ben Hallam, Michael Jacklin, Vashist Motkur, Hayyan Nadeem, Daniel Overall, Ellis Potter, Aaron Rymer, Rohan Sant, Abhiraj Singh, Alice Stacey and Kimberley Van Haren. Vashist Motkur and Alice Stacey obtained four A* grades and five A* grades respectively. Truly impressive at a time when it is becoming more difficult to achieve high grades and the national press suggests that fewer students are being awarded them. Adam Fountain has secured a place at Cambridge University to study Natural Sciences.
It has been a record year for Maths results with 73% of students gaining A*-B grades. Further Maths gained 80% A*/A grades and 100% A*-B grades. Biology, Chemistry and Physics results were similarly impressive with more than 60% of students being awarded A*-B grades in each subject.
There were very impressive results at AS level. Particularly noteworthy were the performances of James Buckley, Nicholas Doddrell, Lewis Goulder, Shehryar Khan, John Lisle, Tobias Long, Haffi Mazhar, Bilal Minhas, Mei Roberts, Rachel Sinha, Jack Taylor, Alice Tetther, Michaela Tomovcikova and Dannielle Tooley. Of these, Nicholas, Shehryar and Rachel obtained four 'A' grades each.
Alice Stacey A* (Chemistry) A* (Maths) A* (Further Maths) A* (Physics) A* (Psychology)
Vashist Motkur A* (Biology) A* (Chemistry) A* (Maths) A* (Physics)
Rohan Sant A* (Biology) A* (Chemistry) A* (Maths) A (History)
Adam Fountain A* (Biology) A* (Physics) A (Chemistry) A (Maths)
Hayyan Nadeem A* (Biology) A (Chemistry) A (Maths)
Adam Bevan A (Business Studies) A (Economics) A (English Language)
Simon Brackner A (Economics) A (History) A (Sociology)
Kieran Evans A (Economics) A (Maths) A Physics)
Peter Alexander A*(Maths) A (Maths) B (Physics)
Ellis Potter A* (History) A (Politics) B (English Literature)
Joseph Burns A* (Business Studies) A (Maths) B (History)
Ben Hallam A* (Maths) A (Further Maths) B (Physics)
Michael Jacklin A* (Maths) A (Further Maths) B (Physics)
Aaron Rymer A* (Business Studies) A (Economics) B (English Language)
Daniel Overall A (Economics) A (History) B (Maths)
Abhiraj Singh A (Chemistry) A (Maths) B (Biology)
Kimberley Van Haren A (English Language) A (Geography) B (History)
Hamish Goodman A* (Maths) A (General Studies) B (Chemistry) B (Physics)
The school congratulates all of the students on their results and wishes them every success in the future.
What a fantastic afternoon!
Boston Grammar School showed it was on good form, as it held its first Charity Summer Fete. Principal John McHenry was on hand to enjoy the fun with the staff, pupils (pictured below) and many guests including East Midlands Ambulance NHS Trust (EMAS) and L.I.V.E.S on a lovely summer afternoon.
There was no sign of a dampening mood following the flood that caused the school to close in December 2013. The future has never looked brighter.
Music provided by the school band accompanied the Schuhplattler; garden games; Magic Show starring ex-Head Boy, Mark Watson, Punch & Judy Show from Norfolk and all the delights of a summer’s day—ice cream, drinks and home-made cakes whilst fundraising for such worthy charities - Centrepoint Outreach, World War I Memorial and defibrillators for the local community. Local businesses helped the school by offering time to support such good causes and local superbike rider, Ben Wilson took time out to cut the black and amber ribbon at 12 noon.
BGS is sited at the heart of the Boston Community, steeped in history and the organisers, Richard Anderson and Suzanne McKeown are delighted to announce that the BGS “Beach Party” Fete raised over £1,000 for charity and wish to thank all who contributed to this splendid total.
Mayor Reopens The School's Library
At 12pm on Tuesday 17th June, Boston’s Mayor, Councillor Alison Austin officially reopened Boston Grammar School’s Library and gave a wonderful speech to mark the occasion. After six months the school’s traditional heart is restored and back in use, after the tidal surge and resulting flood in December 2013. The building has survived for almost 450 years, dating back to 1567. In attendance were Mr Phillip Bosworth (Chair of Governors), Mr Brian Pycock (Chair of the Foundation Governors), Mr Jim Howes (ex-Chair of Governors), Mr Mick Todd (Governor), Mr Peter Sharman (Old Bostonian Association), pupils and members of staff. Mrs Ellis and her tutor group were pleased to welcome the various guests to their celebration and ceremony. The school is very grateful to all those who have supported us throughout this time. It is reassuring to be reminded of the school’s character and resilience.
Please be aware that roadworks and diversions have started on many of the routes into school and will continue for 6 weeks. There is an article on the Lincolnshire County Council Website that gives further details.
WILLIAM SWAIN WINS NATIONAL BIATHLON
William Swain admitted that he was delighted to be crowned the British Schools’ Modern Biathlon champion in April.
The Boston Grammar School Year 9 pupil won the under 14 boys’ title after competing at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
“I was delighted when I found out I’d won,” said William aged 14.”I finished 13th last year, so my aim was to finish in the top ten. I exceeded all my expectations.”
William finished the 1,600m run in 13th place before completing the 100m swim—in the pool which was used at London 2012-in third.
After a nervy hour-long wait for the final standings to be released, William discovered that he had finished in overall first place.
William trains four times every week at Spalding’s South Lincs. Competitive Club. He admits that swimming is his preferred sport, even if he does enjoy athletics training at school under the watchful eye of teacher Richard Anderson.
After claiming 13th spot in the final at Crystal Palace last year, William booked his place in this year’s showpiece event at the Olympic Park after winning his heat in York.
SPORT RELIEF ON THE WAY TO ONE THOUSAND!
Friday March 21st dawned chilly, but bright and clear and the stage was set for the first “round the field” charity event at BGS in over 30 years!
All classes were summoned to the field in Periods 1,2 and 3 and lads and lasses paid £1 for the privilege of wearing sports gear and £1 for tackling the Sport Relief mile.
As expected, most lads opted to walk round with their friends, but there were a few hardy individuals who chose to run/jog or join with a mate for a three-legged lap!
In the background Charity Clubbers served the thirsty at their fizz & chocolate shop and Lorenzo Noakes of Y9 (Charity Club Manager) played the Top Ten BGS Tracks including (1) Eye of the Tiger by Survivor (2500 Miles by the Proclaimers and (3) Chariots of Fire by Vangelis.
Ellis Potter sorted out the prefects and they did a good job as course marshals, adding their home-grown sense of humour to the proceedings.
Meanwhile, the kitchen ladies were busy preparing their famous MacGrammar Meal Deals (£2 for Burger,Chips & Coke).
Finance Department was kept busy counting the pennies and managed to count up to £800! If all lads and lasses had paid, the total would have been nearer £1,000 and so there is a big drive to collect in the remaining quids by the end of this week.
THANKS TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED IN A POSITIVE MANNER!
CITB / Boston Grammar School / SLGTA
Monday 28th April 2014
CITB and members of SLGTA were invited to speak to Year 10 students at Boston Grammar School today. The students and employers had an opportunity to discuss careers in construction, individual career journeys and challenges. The students had a chance to describe their own career aspirations and explain the skills and experiences they have already achieved, and what positive steps they can take in the next few years. Also during the session Barbara Mehew of Princebuild Ltd, Brian Harper of Boston College and Rhian Lawton from CITB all presented to the group on various aspects of the sector and the opportunities available to young people.
Cathy Ellis, Careers Co-ordinator for the school said ’ it’s really important for young people to meet employers at every possible opportunity and to learn the skills needed to be successful, whatever their future aspirations’.
Rhian Lawton 28/4/14
A great double for BGS footballers. Both the U12 and U13 teams have been crowned County Champions!
The U12’s beat Carre’s GS, Priory Academy Grantham and Skegness Academy and in the final they recorded a 2-0 victory against Trent Valley Academy from Gainsborough to lift the trophy.
The U13’s beat Bourne GS, King’s School Grantham, Carre’s GS and Spalding GS to reach the final where they beat Priory LSST from Lincoln 1-0.
BGS basketballers on the national stage.
Our U18 basketballers have progressed to the zonal rounds of the England Basketball national cup. They have beaten Carre’s GS, Nottingham Academy, Noel Baker School Derby and SEEVIC College so far – they now play Long Road College from Cambridge in the next round.
Boston Grammar School Team Challenge Winners
On Wednesday 19th March, two teams of four Year 10 pupils competed in the Region Year 10 Team Maths Challenge organised by the Further Maths Support Programme. The event, at Cherry Willingham School in Lincoln, was highly competitive with schools from around the region competing against each other. After a shaky start, Team 1 excelled in the following rounds and clinched first place against some strong competition. They now go onto represent the region at the final on the 2nd April at Loughborough University. Team 2 performed well also coming a respectable 7th out of 15 teams. Well done to all those involved.
On the 14th March, James Worthington, Neelay Sant, Dominic Wilson and Dawid Przytula represented the school in the Junior Team Maths Challenge at the Priory LSST Academy in Lincoln. After an excellent start the boys managed to come 10th out of 35 teams from the region. Well done boys!
In the picture to the right is the winning team of: Back: Matthew Wearden and Bradley White
Front: Bradley Knight and Luke Cocks.
Intermediate Maths Challenge Results:
Best in School: Ryan Skinner
Best in Year 11: Mihir Rao
Best in Year 10: Luke Cocks
Best in Year 9: Ryan Skinner
Gold Certificates: Ryan Skinner
Silver Certificates: Bradley White
Bronze Certificates: Michael Flynn
Ryan Skinner qualified for the Cayley Olympiad. Mihir Rao and Luke Cocks qualified for the Pink Kangaroo. We are currently awaiting the results from these invitation only rounds.
On Friday the 21st March the weather was very kind to us!
Each Year group walked twice around the school field to complete the Sport Relief Mile.
We raised over £800 from the event and would like to thank all those involved, especially the prefect for their help marshalling the route.
Thinking Big for the Future
Students from 9 schools from around the East Midlands attended O2 Think Big School events on the 25 and 26th March.
The events hosted by Young Enterprise and supported by Donington Park were held at the Launch Pad at Donington Park Racing Circuit.
Close to 300 students practiced creative thinking and business skills with the teams invited to think about everyday challenges or issues they face - coming up with creative products or services to address them. The students were encouraged to assess their ideas and build a business case to demonstrate how they would benefit the community.
The students were introduced to app development software from Appshed and experimented with creating apps, discovering and creating real digital content for their products, bringing their ideas to life. Students were then invited to present their best ideas to their peers and business people.
“Think Big School is an inspiring programme contributing to the development of relevant employability skills and attitudes including teamwork, problem solving, communication,
confidence, risk taking, organisation, creativity, self management, leadership and digital confidence.” said Paul Thompson, Area Manger for Young Enterprise.
He added “Holding the events at Donington Park with the links to 2 of the areas key market sectors in hospitality/visitor economy and high tech engineering with motorsport and Formula E demonstrates to the students where the future employability opportunities are and the dynamism of the East Midlands.”
The pupils created some wonderful apps and developed their presentation skills too. Two of our teams made it into the final four, a real achievement!
Year 8 Science visit to Magna
On Friday 21st March 2014 Mr Graham and 5 other staff took 73 BGS year 8 students to the Magna Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham.
Magna is situated in the old Templeborough steel works. The steel works had 11 open-hearth furnaces, and 3 more were added later. Templeborough’s 14 chimneys became known as the Fourteen Sisters, a famous Rotherham landmark. It was the largest open-hearth melting shop in Europe. Being so vast, it stretched for a mile on both sides of the road site, navigation was by landmarks. The steelmaking process started at the ‘Sheffield End’ and the finishing took place at the ‘Rotherham End’.
Electric Arc Furnaces were introduced in the early 1960s to replace the open-hearth furnaces that were both lower in efficiency and productivity. At one time the steelworks produced almost 25% of the UK’s electrically melted steel and was the world’s largest steel plant. The new electric furnaces could produce 110 tons of steel in 3 hours and 20 minutes instead of the 10 -12 hours taken in the old furnaces.
In 1993 due to a poor market, and high raw material and power costs the works ceased production.
In 2001 Magna opened to the public celebrating science, technology and the arts, which are interwoven in the fabric of the site’s heritage.
Magna developed from an idea in the early 1990s to establish a steel heritage centre alongside a working steelworks as a way of bringing investment and employment to the region. Closure of the Templeborough Melting Shop in 1993 and the
loss of thousands of jobs provided impetus for itsdevelopment. The concept of Magna as an interactive science centre evolved and Magna Science Adventure Centre opened in April 2001.
During the visit the year 8 students were able to visit the four interactive pavilions:
• Air - a translucent airship.
• Earth - hidden underground.
• Fire - a dramatic tornado.
• Water - a magnificent steel wave.
To experience The Big Melt - a spectacular multimedia show recounting
the life of ‘E’ furnace, one of Templeborough‘s electric arcs and to have fun in
Sci-Tek - the ‘hi-tech’ adventure playground.
Taylor Marshall of 8C gives his experience of the day as follows:
‘At Magna I enjoyed everything. My favourite part of this trip was the fire tornado where they created a whirlwind of flame which dissolved into smoke. My second favourite was the water pavilion where you walked down a corridor with astonishing waterfalls and pools. They had sprinklers that came on when you walked past. Another good thing about Magna was the show. An intelligent man did the experiments. He used a lot of different chemicals, like methanol and vinegar. This show was very impressive and it used a funny experiment with Coca Cola and Mentos, which was very interesting.’
Finally, congratulations to Thomas Holden who won Mr Graham’s Magna Quiz and received an Easter Egg as his prize.
BGS Host STEM Careers Showcase
On Wednesday 5th March, a number of businesses from around the Boston area took part in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Careers Showcase organised by Boston Grammar School (BGS). The aim of the event was to raise the profile of the STEM subjects within the school and to increase students’ knowledge of the career paths which are possible through studying these subjects. Hundreds of students from years 7 to 13 were able to visit the displays and gain an insight into the range of opportunities which will be available to them when they complete their formal education. The event was particularly important for the year 9 and 11 students who are currently making their option choices of subjects to study in the next stage of their education. Students interested in joining the BGS sixth form were also encouraged to attend the event. Exhibitors included BAE Systems, Bakkavor, The Burden Group Ltd, CITB, Cummins Generator Technologies, Datcom, Guttridge Limited, Mastenbroek and RAF Careers.
Sally Taylor, Assistant Head with responsibility for STEM at the school, said “The response from local companies has been very impressive and we’re really pleased that the students have had the opportunity to talk with representatives from such prestigious companies. We hope the STEM Careers Showcase will raise student aspirations and encourage them to become the STEM workforce of the future. We also hope that this will become an annual event at the school.”
Year 9 student comments: I think this opportunity was very good and I learnt a lot about STEM companies and this was very beneficial to me. If this chance came again I would definitely go for it.
It was very interesting and it helped me to learn more about what I want to do when I choose my career. I also enjoyed talking to people about other types of careers.
I thought the visit to the STEM displays was very interesting and it enlightened me on many very sophisticated careers and I would like to have work experience at one of them. I enjoyed talking to the very nice people.
On Monday 30th September William Hussey came into school to talk to year 7 & 8 about his new book ‘Haunted’.
It is about a young boy called Henry who is urged on by his best friend to break into ‘Funland’, a derelict theme park. He has to run the ‘Funland Gauntlet’ and return with the head of a mannequin from the abandoned park’s ghost train. There is only one catch: Funland is rumoured to be haunted.
William Hussey went on to give a fascinating short history of supernatural fiction, from Greek myth and the legend of Faust to Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
Then year 7 & 8 took part in the Dracula v Van Helsing Quiz. Edward Buckley played Count Dracula and Kirils Mustermans played the heroic Professor Van Helsing. The audience was then split into Team Drac and Team Van Helsing where the final battle between Good and Evil took place. It ended as a draw with both teams getting all their answers correct.
The afternoon finished with several boys having their William Hussey books signed.
Sixth Form Admissions 2014
It’s time for Year 11 students across the land to be thinking of their next two years of study. For many of you, this will mean looking for courses that can take you to where you would like to go next in your career progression.
If you are thinking that you might like to go to university, or to study on A Level courses in the traditional facilitating subjects to keep your career options open, then you should come and see what is on offer at BGS at our Open Evening on Thursday November 14th.
To download a copy of the 2014-15 Sixth Form Prospectus, click here.
For details of the Open Evening, click here.
Application for Sixth Form Entry 2014 Form
Welcome to Boston Grammar School
It can be difficult, in a few short lines, to encapsulate the distinctive ethos and aims of a school, and we would encourage all parents considering this school for their child's education to visit us and see the school in action for themselves.
What we believe you will see is a selective school dedicated to the pursuit of academic excellence, within the context of a small, friendly and caring community. With able and motivated pupils, and a dedicated team of staff, this school encourages all talents, creates a purposeful environment in which to learn, and provides opportunities for the spiritual,
moral, cultural and social development of all of its young people.
In the setting of our fine historical buildings, we prepare our pupils to take their place in the wider community, equipping them to compete in the future job market and take their place at the forefront of society.
We are proud of our traditions, and we have a clear vision of the future. We hope that you share in our aspirations for your children.
“Boston Grammar School is a good school”, say Ofsted Inspectors.
In their recent visit to the school, inspectors found that our pupils are making better progress than is found nationally, that the teaching in the large majority of lessons is good or better, that the sixth form is good, and that students’ behaviour is outstanding.
If you would like to know more, the report for the Ofsted inspection of 22nd to 23rd May 2013 can be found here.
Young Enterprise win for BGS
Boston Grammar School’s three Young Enterprise companies: Infinity, Velocity and Vertigo took part in the Boston & Spalding Area Final held at Spalding High School on Tuesday 19th March, competing with companies from Boston and Spalding schools. They had to demonstrate their products by constructing a trade stand, present a 4 minute summary of their findings to an audience and were quizzed by three judges about how they had run their companies since September. Velocity, led by Adam Bevan, won the competition as best company, beating strong competition from across the area, along with trophies for best presentation and financial management. Vertigo won a trophy for best teamwork and Infinity won a trophy for the best marketing. The Velocity company now goes on to represent Boston and Spalding at the County final at RAF Cranwell in May. Congratulations to all participants and to Mr Woodcock, their co-ordinator.
Things are looking up!
We’d like to thank those of you who took the time and trouble to complete our parent survey this year. The 27.9% return was significantly higher than the return of 2010 (17.7%) and gave us a good insight into the things that you like about the school and the things you want for your children.
Particularly pleasing were the responses to the headline questions, as shown in percentage form here:
For an overview of the full survey outcomes, click here.