Lincoln Minster School,林肯敏斯特中学
Hillside, Lindum Terrace, Lincoln,
Lincolnshire, LN2 5RW
Tel: 01522 543764 Fax: 01522 537938
• CO-ED, 2–18 Day, 7–18 Boarding (full & weekly)
• Pupils 687, Upper sixth 23
• Termly fees £1720–£2675(Day), £4364–£5062 (Boarding), £4045–£4684 (Weekly)
• SHMIS, IAPS, CSCo, CSA
• Enquiries/application to the Head
What it’s like
Founded in 1996 by the Church Schools Company from the merger of two Lincoln
schools – the Cathedral School and St Joseph’s; Stonefield House joined in
January 1997. The school is organised as senior and prep schools and takes boys
and girls through from nursery to the sixth form. It has grown dramatically from
278 pupils in 1996 to the present numbers. The senior school is based on a
compact, urban site close to the cathedral precinct and its handsome buildings,
ancient and modern, are well equipped. The prep school occupies the old deanery
in the cathedral grounds. As the choir school for the cathedral, its pupils
include both the boy and girl choristers. It is a Christian school, catering for
all denominations, and the daily assemblies are held either in the cathedral or
the school chapel. A non-selective school, it provides an all-round education
and examination results are good. Pastoral care is excellent and there is a real
focus on the individual. There is an emphasis on enhancing pupils’
employability, by developing those skills particularly valued by employers. A
range of sports is offered and there are a number of county representatives.
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Total age range 2–18; 687 pupils, 613 day (306 boys, 307
girls), 74 boarding (30 boys, 44 girls). Senior department, 422 pupils (186
boys, 236 girls).
Entrance: Main entry ages 2, 7, 11, 13 and 16. A non-selective school,
open to all faiths. For sixth-form entry, 5 GCSEs at least grade C (grade B in
sixth-form subjects). 50% senior intake from own prep, Lincoln Minster
Preparatory School (tel 01522 523769).
Scholarships, bursaries & extras 10 pa academic scholarships, value
25%–50% fees (awarded at 7, 11, 13 and 16); plus variable number of music,
choral, art and sports scholarships. Some bursaries for those in difficulty.
Average extras £200 for trips etc. Parents not expected to buy textbooks.
Head & staff
Head: Clive Rickart, in post since 1999. Educated at Liverpool Bluecoat
School and Manchester University (history). Previously Head of Lincoln Minster
Preparatory School and of Oswestry Junior School, Boarding Housemaster at
Stamford School. Also member of IAPS, CSA.
Teaching staff: 51 full time, 10 part time. Staff turnover 10%. Average
GCSE: In 2003, 54 in Year 11: 67% gained at least grade C in 8+ subjects;
15% in 5–7, 17% in 1–4 subjects. Average GCSE score 49 (50 over 5 years)
A-levels: 23 in Year 13: 70% passed in 3 subjects, 17% in 2 subjects.
Average final point score achieved by upper sixth formers 279.
University & college entrance On average, 95% sixth-form leavers go
on to a degree course (20% after a gap year). 16% take courses in science,
engineering and medicine, 48% humanities & social sciences, 10% art & design and
26% vocational subjects eg marketing, media studies. Others typically go
straight into employment.
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels and Youth Award Scheme. 15
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level, 3 at A-level;
general studies is not taken. Key skills taught as compulsory, discrete units.
Vocational: Work experience available. Also food hygiene course.
Special provision: EFL teaching; special needs teachers for SLD and close
contact with local dyslexia centre; several pupils with eg severe illnesses.
Languages: French (from age 4) and German offered to GCSE, AS and
A-level. Regular French and German exchanges and visits.
ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject (2 lessons a week in Years 7–9)
and across the curriculum. 65 computers for pupil use (9 hours a day), all
networked and with email and internet access.
Music: 75% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams can
be taken. Many musical groups: choirs, string ensemble, clarinet group, flute
and recorder groups; plus groups in junior department. Several pupils in AB high
scorers concert; regular success at Lincoln Festival; CD (Evensong in Lincoln)
and radio recordings.
Drama: GCSE drama may be taken. Some pupils are involved in school and
Art & design: Design, pottery, textiles offered.
Sport & activities
Sport: Rugby, football and cricket compulsory for boys; netball, hockey
for girls; also tennis, rounders, athletics, basketball. Optional: squash,
badminton, judo, outdoor pursuits, cross-country. Sixth form only: gymnasium
aerobics, self-defence. GCSE PE may be taken. Some county netball,
cross-country, hockey, athletics, rugby representatives.
Activities: Pupils take bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s
Award. Community service optional at age 16. Youth Award Scheme (bronze, silver,
gold and university level) an integral part of the curriculum. Up to 15 clubs,
eg drama, dance, kick boxing, squash, computers.
Boarding Most share in rooms of 2–5. Mixed junior house, 3 senior
single-sex. Termly, weekly or flexible boarding available. Pupils allowed to
visit town from age 13.