Boston Big Dig and BGS
On Friday 3rd of May, 16 year 7 pupils took part in the Boston Hanse Group’s Big Dig. The aim of the dig was to uncover evidence of Boston’s Hanseatic past and discover artefacts dating back from the medieval period.
Our pupils split into two groups, with one group taking part in the morning and another in the afternoon. While the boys didn’t find any treasure hoards, they did discover pottery, bones and evidence of settlements dating back from the medieval period!
Despite the weather turning for the worst in the afternoon, both groups thoroughly enjoyed the day and special thanks go to Lydia Hendry and the Heritage Lincolnshire team for organising and leading the experience.
A Happy School and Happy Parents for Year 7 Parents' Evening
At our recent Year 7 Parents' Evening the feedback suggested that Year 7 are off to a great start with lots of smiling faces from staff, pupils and parents.
71 parents completed the questionnaire.
Percentages of responses from parents:
• 100% felt their son likes school.
• 100% felt confident that their son feels safe at school.
• 100% said that the school provides a good to very good education for their son.
• 94% felt that the school provides appropriate homework for their son.
• 98% felt well informed about their son’s progress.
• 100% felt comfortable about approaching teachers with questions, a problem or a complaint.
• 98% thought that the arrangements for Parent’s Evening were helpful.
• 100% would recommend this school to prospective students.
The change between Primary School and Secondary School can sometimes be problematic as access to teachers and the information provided often changes, but pleasingly the vast majority of parents were happy with the process and the progress being made. Of particular note was the 100% positive feedback on recommending us to prospective students.
Most parents did not write in the commentary box, especially those who were happy across the board. As normal, the development ideas will be discussed at an upcoming Senior Leadership Meeting, although we might also take a moment to reflect on the praise too. Many thanks to all those in attendance.
National Finals for BGS students
A team of students from Boston Grammar school travelled to Birmingham University last weekend to compete in the National Finals of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s “Top of the Bench” contest. The four students, selected from years 9, 10 and 11 according to the competition rules, won their place at the finals by beating all their competitors at the regional heat in Lincoln.
The final saw over 200 school children complete an individual Chemistry paper followed by a two-hour team practical aimed at identifying types of plastics. The students were then able to listen to a lecture from one of the University’s research scientists, about their work on developing new types of recyclable plastic, while the scores were calculated.
Although the team did not emerge as the overall winners, Emma Winter, Head of Science said “The boys have benefited hugely from the opportunity to participate in a national competition and work in a world-leading research university laboratory using equipment that they would not otherwise have access to. We are so proud of their hard work and commitment and I am personally very grateful to work with dedicated colleagues who are prepared to give up their weekend to allow the boys to access these opportunities.”
Movember and Eve Appeal Fundraiser 2018 – Raised smiles whilst raising £1028.28!
Written by Rosie Cooper (yr 12) and Mr Deller – Head of English.
On the 30th of November, students and staff at Boston Grammar School organised various fundraising activities in support of the Eve Appeal and Movember. A non-uniform day was held as well as stalls to buy stick on moustaches, pin badges, biscuits and face paint – this ensured that every member of the school could feel part of this unique fundraising event.
The Eve Appeal is the main charity in the UK that supports funding and research into womb, ovarian, cervical, vulval and vaginal cancer. Historically, many gynaecological cancers, specifically ovarian cancer, have a history of incredibly low survival rates. However, the money raised by and for the Eve Appeal helps support research into prevention, detection and prediction of gynaecological cancers. Furthermore, the good news is that with early diagnosis the survival rates are improving and they aim to eradicate all gynaecological cancers by 2040.
Movember is the leading charity providing support and funding for testicular and prostate cancer – as well as suicide prevention in men. Over 15 years they have created and supported more than 1,200 projects around the world. They aim to reduce premature deaths in men by 25% by 2030 – and again, the good news is that with early detection current survival rates of testicular cancer are 95% in the UK!
As well as in-school activities, there were a group of students who had gone to Strasbourg to speak at the European Parliament. These students took moustaches and awareness posters and leaflets overseas with them with the aim of spreading awareness in France and to students from schools representing each country in the EU!
In total, we raised £1028.28 – a school record - which has been split evenly between the two charities!
…Who knows what the future holds? Perhaps BGS’ innovative approach to fundraising will begin a national trend, and soon we will see schools around the country running similar stalls so that everyone – regardless of age or gender - can take part in these important fundraising projects.
Official opening of the new ‘Medlock-Stanley Sixth Form Centre’
Boston Grammar School today unveiled its new look sixth form centre, with two additional purpose-built classrooms, a bespoke private study centre and a dedicated sixth form common room. The extension project was made possible by bequests from Dora Stanley and the Medlock Charitable trust, originally established by Boston Grammar School alumnus Leonard Medlock. David Medlock, who officially opened the new building, said ‘My father opened the original single storey building on this site so to return today to this expanded sixth form centre is a great pleasure and a great indication that the school my father started out from is thriving and ready to send out the next generation of business leaders’.
The building, which will be known as the Medlock Stanley Sixth Form Centre, was also generously endowed by the late Dora Stanley whose fiancé, a Boston Grammar School lad, went to fight in the Second World War and sadly never returned. Miss Stanley left provision in her will for A-level education at the Grammar School and also left funding for a number of scholarships which help BGS students with the cost of a University education.
John McHenry, Headteacher, commented ‘This year we have celebrated the 450th anniversary of the establishment of Boston Grammar School on its current site as a single school room. We have also commemorated those from our school who served and sacrificed in two World Wars and other conflicts as we mark one hundred years since the 1918 armistice. I am proud to be able to offer the current young people of Boston the excellent facilities provided by our new Sixth Form Centre as they continue their own educational journeys, and proud that Boston Grammar School, as it has so many times in its venerable history, continues to evolve and develop to meet the needs of our community’.
11 BGS students experience life as an MEP in Strasbourg
Bonjour de France where 11 students from years 11-13 have had a fantastic time experiencing what it is like to be an MEP. The students have been amazing and have represented our school brilliantly. They were a credit to all their teachers and we can be very proud of them. Special congratulations to Bethany Chambers and Will Richardson for making their speech in Spanish and German respectively to an audience of 600 people of all European nationalities.
Most students defended their project on Europe in front of the same audience with eloquence and diplomacy.
European Day of Languages
What a fantastic way to start our year of international celebrations! We had a great time with lots going on round school, from form time activities to starting lessons by saying hello in another language. There's a library display all about languages and careers with languages, too. In English, we delved into why languages are important, while some lucky Y10s got a taster lesson in Latin!
To top it off, several teachers entered into the spirit of the day and dressed up, while the canteen put on an impressive range of international food, including Spanish omelette and currywurst!
Keep your eyes peeled for the next event...to follow soon!
Calling all budding historians in years 5-8
Boston Grammar School are inviting local primary and secondary schools to enter one team of four students from Years 5-8, led by their teacher, to participate in a regional competition on WW1 as part of the 100 year anniversary of the end of the Great War. The after school event will include a range of fun activities, designed to challenge and develop students’ interest and knowledge of the First World War. This is a great opportunity for any budding historian and is a fantastic opportunity in particular to stretch students in years 5 and 6.
The winning school will win a prize and all of those involved will receive a certificate.
Outstanding results at Boston Grammar School!
The diligence of students and staff at Boston Grammar School has resulted in outstanding GCSE grades. Parental support has also been fundamental in students' successes and I'm grateful to everyone for their hard work and perseverance. Students and their teachers have been incredible throughout the last two years, demonstrating resilience and determination. At a time of such immense change, with courses becoming more demanding, it is great to see the many challenges being overcome so admirably.
100% of grades were good passes or better in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Studies, Art, Music, PE, Russian and Additional Mathematics. In Biology 65% of grades were at the higher level, 7 to 9. In Chemistry the figure was 61% and in Physics 58% of students were graded at 7 to 9. The 7 / 8 grades have replaced the A / A* grades whilst the '9' grade is for exceptional performance. Higher grades have become more difficult to achieve so it's impressive that many students have performed to such an excellent standard.
Particularly commendable, in terms of the higher grades, were Harry Hopkins (7 x '9', 1 x '8', 1 x A* and 2 x '7' grades), Will Richardson ( 6 x '9', 1 x '8', 1 x A*, 3 x '7'), Will Craven ( 3 x '9', 5 x '8', 3 x '7'), Jake Sherrick ( 3 x '9', 4 x '8', 2 x '7'), Finley Roberts ( 8 x '8', 1 x A*, 2 x '7'), Evren Akyuz ( 4 x '9', 1 x '8', 2 x '7', 1 x 'A'), Ryan Halle (1 x '8', 7 x '7', 1 x 'A'), Matthew Leachman ( 5 x '8', 2 x '7', 1 x 'A'), Ben Mepham ( 1 x '9', 4 x '8', 1 x '7', 1 x 'A'), Kirils Mustermans ( 3 x '8', 2 x A*, 4 x '7'), Ayokunie Olamijulo ( 1 x '9', 4 x '8', 3 x '7'), James Pauly ( 7 x '8', 3 x '7'), William Pettitt ( 1 x '8', 5 x '7' and 1 x 'A'). Along with many others they have performed brilliantly and we are all proud of their achievements.
Superb success at BGS – A level results 2018
Boston Grammar School is celebrating brilliant A-level results, again.
I am grateful to all our students and my colleagues for their determined and conscientious efforts. Their hard work has been constant and admirable. In Biology, Business, English, English Literature, Computing, Music, Physics and RS more than 50% of grades were A* - C. In History, Maths, RS, EPQ and Further Maths over 50% of grades were A* - B. These grades demonstrate significant achievement and they are an impressive testament to the talent and industry of all concerned. In spite of the huge amount of change and increased difficulty in courses and assessments over the last couple of years, students have successfully obtained superb grades.
There were numerous noteworthy performances. Particularly impressive were Joel Davidson (A*AA), James Worthington (A*A*A*A), Shahzad Sanjrani (AAAA), Harrison Dell (A*AA), Harry Stainfield (AAB), Damian Powalski (AAB) and Neelay Sant (A*A*A*A*A*). Neelay's outstanding grades reflect his exemplary approach to his studies and have secured him a place at Cambridge to study Chemical Engineering.
Congratulations to all BGS' students on their excellent results! We wish you every success in the future and look forward to celebrating your achievements at Prize Giving.
International Award for BGS
Boston Grammar School has been awarded the British Council’s prestigious International School Award in recognition of its work to bring the world into the classroom.
The International School Award is a badge of honour for schools that do outstanding work in international education, such as through links with partner schools overseas. Fostering an international dimension in the curriculum is at the heart of the British Council’s work with schools, so that young people gain the cultural understanding and skills they need to live and work as global citizens.
This is the second time that Boston Grammar School has received the award following a submission of evidence of ongoing work with schools in Europe and further afield.