GCSE Results 2015
After the recent outstanding performance at A-level, Boston Grammar School’s GCSE results saw continued success in terms of the proportion of students achieving the English Baccalaureate. The figure was again over 50%. There were very impressive performances from Luke Borland, Luke Cocks, Joseph Dean, Adam Hardstaff, Bradley Knight, Owen Long, Bailey Noe, Mohanad Turki, Matthew Wearden and Bradley White. They achieved seven or more A/A* grades with Luke Borland, Luke Cocks, Joseph Dean, Owen Long and Matthew Wearden gaining at least ten A/A* grades. An incredible success at a time when it is becoming more difficult to obtain the higher GCSE grades. Matthew Wearden also gained an ‘A’ in AS Mathematics, a year early.
Our congratulations go to all of our students and staff who worked so hard to make these impressive successes possible!
Outstanding A Level Results!
Boston Grammar School has recorded more outstanding AS and A Level examination results. 100% of students passed.
The students and their teachers worked with determination and enthusiasm. We are all proud of their achievements. Congratulations to them all.
Particularly impressive performances at A Level included those of Luke Bray, James Buckley, Isaac Charles, Nicholas Doddrell, Mastervilla Esprit, Lewis Goulder, Edward Jacobs, Shehryar Khan, John Lisle, Tobias Long, Haffi Mazhar, Bilal Minhas, Mohamed Morgan, Mei Roberts, Rachel Sinha, Jack Taylor, Alice Tetther, Michaela Tomovcikova, Danielle Tooley, Ruba Turki, and Chantel Walsh. Nicholas Doddrell obtained 4 A* grades and has secured a place at Cambridge University to study Natural Sciences. Rachel Sinha achieved three A* grades and two A grades and will pursue a Medicine course. Jacob Moore has successfully gained a much sought after place at RADA, which is a magnificent achievement.
It has been a record year for Physics and Chemistry results with 70% and 64% of students respectively gaining A*-B grades. Further Maths results were absolutely superb with 92% of students (eleven out of twelve) gaining A*-B grades. In Maths it was another successful year with 70% of students gaining A*-B grades. The History Department has received the 2015 Good Schools Guide Award for ‘The Best performance by Boys taking History at an English Grammar School’. 12% of Year 13 Students achieved 3A*-B grades in facilitating subjects, which are the gold standard for universities.
There were outstanding results at AS Level too. The proportion of A/B grades increased again. Particularly noteworthy are the performances of Alejandro Advani de Lafuente, Jason Barnes, James Burr, Hannah Kitchen, Jeremy Lee, Mihir Rao, Chloe Thompson, Matthew Tudball, Kieran Weston and Elizabeth Wilson. Of these, Mihir and Jeremy attained four ‘A’ grades each.
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Student scoops Schools Physicist of the year 2014/2015
It was with great delight that last night Mihir Rao a Yr12 Physics student at BGS was awarded Lincolnshire school physicist of the year 2014/2015. The evening was hosted by the new School of Mathematics and Physics at Lincoln University and sponsored by the Ogden trust, a charitable trust that exists to promote the teaching and learning of physics. This was a well-deserved achievement for a talented and gifted young student.
Students from Boston Grammar School’s Sixth Form have raised £500.00 for Children with Cancer UK.
The money was raised through a non-uniform day and a series of ‘I’m at BGS – Get Me Out of Here!’ shows.
Head of Sixth Form Louise Brown said “A lot of the students have worked really hard for this. They wanted to raise some money to help to pay for their prom later in the summer, and so they came up with a range of events in school. They did all of the organisation and hard work themselves and split the proceeds between their prom fund and the charity. I’m delighted to be handing over this much money to such a good cause”.
Pictured with the cheque making its way to Children with Cancer UK are Alayna Bates, John Lisle, Chantelle Walsh and Alice Tetther.
Outstanding performance by Boston Grammar School in the Engineering Education Scheme
Senior staff from Guttridge, who are based in Spalding, were delighted to watch a confident and inspiring presentation from Boston Grammar School. This was the culmination of the Engineering Education Scheme. The students had designed and manufactured an impressive, fully functioning chain conveyor to a brief supplied by Guttridge. This presentation was the official handing over of the conveyor to Guttridge. The students received, deservedly so, a lot of very positive feedback from Guttridge staff for all the hard work and engineering expertise that the project demanded.
At the recent EES celebration and assessment day, the Boston Grammar Guttridge team were voted 2nd best out of 52 schools in the student vote, a brilliant achievement and thoroughly deserved.
The project description was “To design and build a short chain conveyor section, to test the impact of flight design and machine inclination on efficiency and to provide a test bed for future component testing.”
As well as designing the conveyor itself, the students were required to design the stand that could be dismantled for easy transportation and would support the heavy machine, ensuring that it would be possible to change the inclination in a safe, efficient and reliable manner. They achieved this using a simple but very effective design, meaning that the effectiveness of different flights could be measured at different conveyor inclinations from 0 to 15°.
As part of the project, the students had to produce a comprehensive report explaining the issues that they came up against and how these were resolved as well as the results and conclusions of their tests. This report made really interesting reading, with an enlightening and honest outline of the project.
The students agreed that the biggest challenge they had to overcome was learning how to use Autodesk Inventor, the design software used by Guttridge. They needed to learn how to operate this very quickly so they did not fall behind on the strict schedule that the project demanded.
They found the most helpful parts of working with Guttridge were the weekly meetings with the Guttridge design engineer, who kept the project pro-active and ensured that they stayed focused on what was coming up next in the work plan so that they could plan ahead.
Jason Barnes, a member of the student team, commented “I feel like the project went well, we all bonded as a team and I feel like I have achieved something along with the completion of the project.” Nicholas Millington, another team member added “I loved putting the conveyor together as it was all our hard work finally being put together.”
Benefits to company participants
Simon Hooper, Guttridge Engineering Manager, an enthusiastic participant in the EES, having worked with Boston Grammar School for the last three years, stated “We enjoy working with the students and find it a very valuable experience. Not only are they supplying us with useful data that we will use in the design of our conveying equipment, but they also provide supervisory experience to our staff and a fresh way of looking at things. The enthusiasm of the youngsters is contagious and this year the group have really excelled themselves. The conveyor they have designed and built is outstanding and the amount that they have achieved in the given time period is quite exceptional. They thoroughly deserve to be voted second in the student vote.”
For more on this click on this link: http://www.guttridge.com/eu/en/news/bgs_ees/
Prestigious Award Granted to teachers of Boston Grammar School
Five teachers from Boston Grammar School have been awarded an Erasmus+ European travel grant through the British Council. This enables them to spend time learning or improving their foreign language skills, followed by time spent at a partner school to shadow teachers abroad.
Mr Poole, Mrs Collinson and Mrs Rich will be focussing on German and then spend time with our partner school in Saarbrücken Germany, whilst Miss Boularand will be working on her Spanish prior to going to Spain. Mrs Downie will be spending a week in Finland learning about ICT in teaching and the Finnish educational system.
BGS join The Red Arrows at STEM day
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St Georges Preparatory School were invited to attend a special science experience and quite literally had an explosive time!
Students investigated acids and alkalis and then set fire to their teachers! They then had a tour of the school and visited the historic library and school museum.
World War One Centenary Trip
We (Harry Hopkins and Rob Hayes) were chosen to attend the WW1 Centenary trip which was funded by the Department for Education (DfE) and Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). The trip was on the 1st -4th of March 2015. It was a very exciting opportunity and we gained a great deal from it. Unlike conventional battlefield tours, the itineraries included sites that are rarely visited by schools but that provide additional perspectives and insights into the history of the Western Front. We were also very lucky to have had onsite expertise provided by Guild of Battlefield guides, IOE educators and teacher ambassadors, and the British Army sent a serving soldier (a corporal called Steve) to accompanying each tour. Steve was available for us to ask questions to throughout the tour and provided a contrast to serving as a soldier 100 years ago. Visits to the battlefield sites were enhanced by making sure that we (and Miss Neave) had access to digital equipment. This enabled us to consult online historical sources, record and upload our research findings, and share our initial reflections of what we had experienced with classmates and colleagues back in school.
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Engineering Success for Boston Grammar School at the Engineering Education Scheme Assessment Day
Well done to the four lads pictured above collecting their 2nd place award in the student vote from Lord Digby-Jones - Steen Bates, Jason Barnes, Nicholas Millington, Brandon Whitham.
They worked exceptionally hard throughout the 6month project in partnership with Guttridge Ltd, Spalding. They designed and made this transparent section of a chain conveyour for Guttridge Ltd to be able to see exactly what happens to the product travelling inside the conveyour. A variety of products can be transported within the conveyour, and this allowed them to design and test a variety of different flights to find the most economical design for a certain product.
Ryan makes it to Summer School
Ryan was so successful in the two Maths Challenges that he has been invited to the UKMT Summer School. Only 40 pupils from across the UK are invited and this is an incredible achievement.
We are all so very proud of Ryan’s achievements – well done!
BGS beat Giles 8 - 4 and win the Vidler Cup
BG Group Exploration Challenge National Champions
The project was designed by the BG Group, who are experts in oil and gas exploration, 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, Jason Barnes, Jeremy Lee, Brandon Witham and Joe Kidby 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.
Their prize for winning was a trip to the BG Group headquarters in Reading where they had to undertake various exercises that under graduates would do on joining the company. They then had a tour of the facilities, meeting various engineers and geologists before being presented with the trophy.
Engineering Education Scheme success – voted 2nd in Midlands region
The school has worked with a local company Guttridge Ltd for the past three years on this scheme. The aim is to give lower sixth students the opportunity to work with local engineers on a ‘real life’ project. This year the students had to design and make a conveyor belt system to test various ways in which to move baulk material along a conveyor belt.
This was a very ambitious project that really challenged the students’ abilities and teamwork skills. Over the course of 6 months they learnt how to use a new CAD package, lots of practical skills and how to write, present an engineering report.
The final outcome was a resounding success and the students were voted second in the whole of East / West Midlands region by their peers at the Birmingham presentation day.
The students were Steen Bates, Jason Barnes, Nick Millington and Brandon Witham. The Design and Technology Department would like to thank Guttridge Ltd for their continued support. In particular Steven Lindley, the engineer, who visited the school every Thursday evening to work with the students.
Biology Competitions at BGS
Each year the Biology Department enters a selection of Year 13 students for the British Biology Olympiad and Year 9 and 10 pupils for the Biology Challenge, both run by the Society for Biology.
The Biology Olympiad is designed to identify the highest achieving biologists in the UK, to ultimately enter the top 5 into International competition. This year we are proud to say that Rachel Sinha and Nicholas Doddrell were gold and silver medallists respectively. Both will be invited to attend an award ceremony in London in due course. Our close calls were Shehryar Khan and Mastervilla Esprit whose scores just missed the medal table but still put them in the top 10% of all entrants. These four students are a credit to themselves for the hard work and commitment shown.
The Biology Challenge is more of a quiz than an examination, designed to assess the biological general knowledge of participants. Our boys did us proud this year with 3 gold award winners, plus 5 silver and 8 bronze added to the award total. A further 20 boys will receive “Highly Commended” or “Commended“ certificates. Our three champions for this year are Abdullah Ahmad (Year 9), Joel Davidson and James Worthington (both Year 10).
Well done to all those who took part.
Boston Grammar teacher takes on London Marathon 2015!
On Sunday 26th April Miss Brown will be taking part in the London Marathon, raising money for Children With Cancer UK.
She has a fundraising target of £1500, and is already well on the way. She said “I think it’s fair to say that I am not exactly an elite athlete, so this is certainly a challenge. However, it’s something that I can do to help a great cause. I lost a nephew to leukaemia a few years ago, and so I am very keen to support this charity. The funds raised go towards vital research. The treatments for childhood cancers are improving steadily, but to keep developing them obviously takes a lot of funding. People have been really encouraging in supporting my efforts, and I’m hoping to raise as much money as I can.”
If you would like to help Miss Brown in supporting Children With Cancer UK, you can bring any donations, no matter how small, in to the main office at school. Alternatively, there is an online donation page. The address is virginmoneygiving.com/LouiseBrown.
The London Marathon is televised on the day, starting at 10.00am, but Miss Brown says that you don’t need to turn your television on until tea time if you want to see her in action!
Sixth Form - Admissions September 2015
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Young reporters from Boston Grammar School spent Thursday 19th March researching stories, writing articles and filming interviews for BBC School Report. Students got a taste of life as a journalist as they worked to meet a 4pm deadline. A range of stories were investigated including local politics, problems in the NHS, the proposal to ban energy drinks and the rise of cyber bullying.
Aspiring engineers begin two-year scholarship
Two aspiring engineers have begun a two-year scholarship with Centrica Energy.
George Osmond and Jason Barnes of William Farr and Boston Grammar Schools in Lincolnshire have won two-year
scholarships with the business under the Arkwright Scholarships Trust programme.
The pupils will be supported through their A level studies by graduate electrical engineers Quentin Scrimshire and
Quentin said: “I’ve never been a mentor before so it’s been a steep learning curve for me. I hope that we can learn
from each other.
"There are a lot of choices to make for someone considering a career in engineering so I hope I can help George
navigate his way through these.”
Ahmed said: “I’ve enjoyed working with young people on programmes at Langage previously, so I’m really looking
forward to mentoring Jason and helping him decide what career path in engineering he wishes to pursue.”
During the programme, the pupils will be asked to complete an engineering project and give a presentation and report
on their findings.
George has already been given the task of finding ways to make the Grimsby Renewables Operations and
Maintenance base greener through the greater use of energy saving equipment such as solar panels.
CE is supporting the scholars by providing £2,000 each to spend on equipment, visits and other engineering
The site visits got underway last week when Jason paid a visit to Ahmed at Peterborough Power Station (see pictured
Arkwright scholarships are awarded to the UK’s most talented STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths)
students to help ensure they pursue a career in engineering.
John Weir, head of technical training, said: “An Arkwright scholarship is a prestigious award and to be selected is a
real boost for a student wanting to become a top class engineer.
“Our sponsorship of the scheme forms part of our attraction and engagement strategy which is designed to encourage
more people into engineering.”