Academic Year 2019/20
Includes details on Term Dates, School Timetables, Fee Schedule and more.
Pupils from across Lincolnshire and the surrounding area attend our school and we are pleased to offer a number of school buses serving routes in the following areas: Kirton Lindsey, Horncastle, Woodhall Spa, Sleaford, Grantham, Newark, Louth, Retford and Market Rasen. We also offer a service that collects pupils from Lincoln Train Station.
Our school uniform is provided by SchoolBlazer, making it simple for parents to order uniform with fast delivery times and an intuitive online shop offering free returns.
Parents can register online to see the benefits of SchoolBlazer’s Intelligent Sizing System and order uniform with name tapes applied free of charge. Once logged in, you can enter your child’s details and the website will automatically display the uniform items relevant to the gender and year group of that child. A small question mark contained in a red box in the top left-hand corner of the uniform photographs denotes if the item is compulsory or optional.
The school, in consultation with SchoolBlazer, have made a few changes to the style of certain uniform items in 2018, although no deadline has been set for the transition from old style clothing to new, and children may therefore continue to wear their existing school uniform until such time as it requires replacement either through growth of the child, or wear and tear. The most significant change is the introduction of a ‘tailored fit’ striped blazer for the Senior girls, with a Revere collar blouse which may be worn without a tie.
At Lincoln Minster School we put our pupils first, seeking to ensure that their talents and abilities are nurtured and encouraged to flourish in an environment of support and appreciation. This approach is demonstrated throughout every age range, with a curriculum designed to build the strong foundations for success in both academic and personal development.
We are recognised for the excellent pastoral care we provide to pupils who enjoy a warm and caring school community. We truly value and support one another, encouraging our pupils to embrace their unique strengths and potential.
Our exceptional standard of pastoral care ensures that each individual has the confidence to contribute and succeed at every stage of their school life. Pupils are supported by Mrs Jenny Muir, Assistant Head: Pastoral and Safeguarding Lead, Form Tutors, dedicated Heads of Year and Mrs Joyce our school nurse. Additionally, the pastoral team is supported by two counsellors and external agencies as necessary and appropriate.
We firmly believe in valuing pupils for who they are and not just for what they can do. Each of our pupils is encouraged and supported to achieve their academic and social potential with personal, vocational and academic guidance along the way.
Our pastoral curriculum encourages the development of these skills through PSHCE lessons, visits from external speakers, involvement in national anti-bullying and mental health campaigns as well as the opportunity to join and lead our pupil social action and wellbeing groups. As a result, pupils are afforded opportunities to develop and exercise important life skills.
Mealtimes are an essential part of school life and can make the difference between a good day and a great one, a sluggish afternoon or feeling energised and ready to learn. We believe in instilling a love and awareness of healthy eating and the benefits of a balanced diet from a very young age. Eating is also a social occasion and throughout the school it is a chance for teachers and pupils to sit down together and enjoy good food, freshly prepared on each site by our dedicated catering teams.
Locally sourced ingredients form the basis of our menus wherever possible across the school, and we are proud members of the Select Lincolnshire scheme. We have been delighted to win the ‘Teaching Establishment of the Year’ at the 2018 Lincolnshire Food and Drink Awards.
Each of our three kitchens – at Pre-Prep, Prep and Senior sites – holds a full five-star hygiene award from the City of Lincoln Council in recognition of our high standards of hygiene practices, training and management skills: awards of which we feel justly proud.
We are committed to meeting the dietary requirements of our pupils and cater for allergies, intolerances and special diets in a discreet and respectful way.
Our menus run on a three-week rotation with new menus introduces at the start of each term.
Our House System presents a fresh opportunity for pupils throughout the whole school, from Nursery to Upper Sixth, to become involved in a little healthy competition.
The houses are organised on a vertical basis across all tutor groups throughout the school, with form tutors overseeing and supporting the activities in each House. We encourage leadership with a variety of pupil roles available within the House teams.
House Points are collected throughout the year across an array of activities such as maths challenges, ten-pin bowling, bake-offs, art competitions and numerous sporting events, including our annual Sports Day.
Our ‘I AM ME’ principle refers to how we celebrate our pupils as individuals and what they bring to Lincoln Minster School in their own special way. From Pre-Prep to Prep, through to Senior, the levels of participation of our pupils across many areas of school life is a real joy to see. I strongly believe that a very important part of our mission is to inspire pupils to develop interests beyond the classroom and also develop a sense of balance in their lives.
A real stand out for me is the sense of togetherness and connectedness that links staff, parents and pupils. Here, there is a real sense of a shared journey and ambition, underpinned by a caring and nurturing environment. The ‘feel’ of a school is not something that can be manufactured. It comes from the shared values and the way pupils, parents and staff support each other.
Our intention is to provide an inspiring ‘Education for Life’, from 2 years of age all the way through to our A Level pupils. Individual needs are catered for across all age groups where boys and girls, of differing abilities and interests, excel in our vibrant community and where pupils have the opportunity to develop their leadership, mentoring and communication skills. We have a blend of day pupils and boarders, both from overseas and from the UK. This broad social and cultural mix ensures the school has a truly national and global outlook.
We encourage our pupils to stretch and challenge themselves, to test new skills outside their comfort zone, not to worry when they make a mistake, but to learn from it. This way, our boys and girls develop a resilience, grow in self-esteem and become more equipped to face the challenges that lie ahead.
Being part of and leading such a strong community is an absolute privilege. I hope our website gives you a feel for what Lincoln Minster School offers, however, nothing beats visiting the school itself and I invite you to visit us so that you can see our pupils in class and so acquire a sense of the way they learn. You will be most welcome.
J. M. Wallace MBA BA(Hons) PGCE