Independent Schools Council proposal for free places

Following this morning’s news from the Independent Schools Council for private schools to provide up to 10,000 free places a year to low-income families in England, our headmaster, Mr Mark Wallace comments:

“We welcome the opportunity to offer our education, across our three schools, to more students in the county. We are already a non-selective school that offers a number of assisted places and scholarships that benefit a wide range of children, but accessing the government funding already in place for every child would enable us to extend this programme to welcome a broader range of abilities and not just support academically, but with our outstanding pastoral care and exceptional co-curricular programme.

We are already leading the way with our work with state schools and the local community. As Lincolnshire’s Duke of Edinburgh Centre we support pupils from state schools who want to achieve a Duke of Edinburgh Award. Our relationship with Lincoln Cathedral is seeing an outreach programme develop to extend links to local schools through history, religious studies and art, providing joint projects and competitions.

We have recently developed a new partnership with the Lincolnshire Music Service aiming to encourage more pupils to develop their skills in music and, working alongside Lincoln Cathedral, we offer free places on our Ready, Steady, Choir programme which is open to all children aged 7-14.

Lincoln Minster School hosts an extensive range of sports, including being Lincolnshire’s hub for all hockey activities including tournaments and staff training, and our Squash coach provides an outreach programme to encourage participation with local primary schools.

In February we are hosting a Business and Economics Conference, in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce, to welcome students from state schools across Lincolnshire studying GCSE and A-levels.”

For more information on the proposal visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-38258454