Education – January 2023

Your guide to education options for your child’s future.

Get the skills you need to succeed in your chosen career with specialist, technical education at Riseholme College.

Based near Lincoln, the college has expanded both its facilities and the courses on offer to ensure that students have access to the very best education that will prepare them for industry. Known for its experience in land-based subjects, Riseholme offers those studying Agriculture, Engineering, Animal Management and Equine access to a raft of state-of-the-art facilities, including:
• A Centre for Agri-Food Technology (part of the Lincolnshire Institute of Technology collaboration), with a range of robotics and precision technology equipment
• Agri-Tech Health and Nutrition Centre
• Expanded Animal Management Unit which is home to a wide range of species
• An Equine Centre with indoor and outdoor arenas and a rider performance suite

But there’s more to Riseholme than just land-based subjects. A Sports and Health Centre complete with a gym and 3G pitch, dedicated laboratories and professional kitchens means that the college now offers courses in Applied Science, Professional Cookery, Sport, T Level in Education and Childcare and much more.

Students studying at college (16+) and degree (18+) level work with experienced lecturers to develop their theoretical knowledge and practical skills through hands-on learning, ensuring that they are ready for work or a higher level of study.

Discover what Riseholme has to offer by visiting and registering for an upcoming Open Event.

Stallingborough-based nursery The Children’s House, which offers an authentic Montessori early education for children, celebrates its 23rd anniversary this year marking 20 years in its purpose-built premises in North East Lincolnshire and a third outstanding Ofsted report.

The nursery originally opened in April 2000 in a converted barn before moving to a purpose-built nursery on an adjacent site, to accommodate a growing demand for places.

The early years education setting prides itself on being at the forefront of early years development, working with leading research institutions such as the International Montessori Institute at Leeds Beckett University, to ensure its continued high standards and improvement.

Nursery director and co-founder, Theresa Ellerby, said: “I have been involved in the early years sector for more than 30 years and founded the nursery with Sylvia [Tiffney] because of how passionately we believed in the Montessori approach and how much we wanted to bring its many benefits to the area.”

Since opening its doors to North Lincolnshire’s children, The Children’s House has won or been shortlisted for no fewer than 15 educational awards and has received an “Outstanding” grading from Ofsted on three occasions, the latest coming in 2022.

Nursery director and co-founder, Sylvia Tiffney added: “Looking back on the 23 years and seeing how the setting has helped so many children is a proud moment. The outstanding Ofsted reports and the multiple awards are great recognition and a testament to our team and to the parents and children who attend the setting, but the real reward is seeing our young people flourish and grow as individuals.”

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Franklin, North East Lincolnshire’s only Sixth Form College, specialises in full time study programmes for 16-19 year old learners seeking to develop their skills and qualifications in pursuit of great future opportunities.

We support hundreds of young people to secure progression routes across a huge range of higher education, apprenticeship and employment. We take great pride in the reputation we have as specialists in sixth form education.

Our curriculum is broad, flexible and well resourced, including the widest range of A Levels and Applied Qualifications within the region. This makes Franklin a popular choice for level 3 study, with a full-time cohort of 1,600, representing an unrivalled talent pool.

become the much needed professionals, specialists, entrepreneurs of the future. We work to enable every student to achieve more than they thought possible and we are immensely proud of our community, our students and their achievements.

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The Best Provider in the Region for 16-19 Progress.

Co-educational day and boarding independent school, Lincoln Minster School has collaborated with Woodhall Spa Golf Management to deliver a new BTEC National Extended Diploma in Sport (Golf).

The level 3 extended diploma aims to develop a student’s theoretical knowledge within sports science and the golf industry whilst also developing their golf skills on a full-time performance pathway.   

Pupils will have the opportunity to utilise the world-renowned facilities at the National Golf Centre, Woodhall Spa, the home of England Golf, play the world-famous Hotchkin course (the 61st ranked course in the world), receive exceptional golf coaching, whilst also having access to a first-class academic provision at Lincoln Minster School.  

Students on the programme can also have the chance to be part of Q&As with professional golfers, enjoy an experience day at a UK based tournament and receive coaching from some of the leading names in golf coaching.   

Simon Grocott, deputy head at Lincoln Minster School, said: “Having witnessed our students being coached at Woodhall Spa first-hand on many occasions, the opportunity for any student to improve their game is truly immense and I believe, unrivalled.  

“The BTEC programme ensures that students combine outstanding coaching with a qualification that will prepare them for the next stage in their golfing journey – whatever that may be.”    

The latest development comes after the school was recently recognised nationally for Sporting Achievement in the Independent Schools of the Year Awards 2022.

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Known for its academic excellence and pastoral care, Oakham School is an outstanding co-educational day and boarding school for 10-18 year olds located in the heart of Rutland’s historic county town.

Within the 70-acre campus and outstanding facilities is the “hidden gem” of the Lower School, offering a first-class education to the youngest pupils at the school. Children can join Oakham from Year 6 (aged 10), giving them an early introduction to the vast range of opportunities available.

Lower 1 (Year 6) pupils at Oakham School follow a timetable that is grounded in primary teaching with a primary specialist class teacher and a classroom base where they’re taught their lessons.

They also benefit from being taught by subject specialists for French, Science, the Creative and Performing Arts subjects, and Physical Education (PE), as well as taking part in several exciting trips and activities.

A former Lower 1 parent said: “All three of my children joined Oakham in Lower 1 and it really helped to ease them into the rhythm of school life. They loved starting at ‘big school’ a year early and enjoyed all the social and academic advantages, whilst benefitting hugely from being taught in small classes in their own classroom.”

Caring for pupils’ wellbeing
Pastoral care lies at the heart of Oakham School. All pupils – day and boarding – belong to a “house”, where they are part of a larger community of pupils and staff.

Led by a housemaster or housemistress, and supported by a team of tutors, prefects and a matron, each house community is filled with people who care for all aspects of the pupils’ wellbeing.

Over many years, the school has received national recognition for its outstanding achievements in sport, music, drama and the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme.

Joining Lower 1 means that pupils can immediately benefit from the broad Oakham curriculum that swiftly embeds them into the rounded experience of life at Oakham School.

Its genuinely holistic approach to education means that students leave Oakham as intellectually ambitious thinkers, who are effective and independent learners, well equipped with the skills and habits of mind to thrive in tomorrow’s world.

Attend an open event to get a feel for the school’s wonderful, friendly atmosphere – Middle and Upper School: 25th February, Lower School: 4th March, Middle and Upper School: 29th April.

To find out more contact Oakham School’s friendly admissions team: or tel: 01572 758758.

Queen Elizabeth’s High School in Gainsborough aims to offer an outstanding education by providing an environment in which students are academically challenged, well cared for, and are afforded access to a broad range of fulfilling and enriching co-curricular activities.

With its motto and values of “tradition, achievement and opportunity”, Queen Elizabeth’s High School strives to fulfil the potential of each student.

We aim for high standards in all we do and achieve this through a carefully planned, broad education in which enthusiastic teachers use a variety of teaching styles in activities inside and outside the classroom.

We maintain a friendly and caring atmosphere in which students and staff share a mutual respect.

When they leave Queen Elizabeth’s High School, we want students to be well-balanced adults, inspired to continue their learning and able to contribute positively to society.

Queen Elizabeth’s High School is also committed to the highest possible standards of child protection.

We are committed to working together as a school to ensure that students enjoy and achieve in all of their endeavours. Learning is at the heart of our thinking as a community and we encourage students to grasp opportunities in order to broaden their knowledge, skills and understanding.

To support this we have developed the QEHS Learner Standards. These set out to identify three key areas of focus for learning and are used as a framework for all that we do.

The Learner Standards are as follows:
1. Behaviour for Learning
2. Learning to Learn
3. Leadership for Learning

See the full Admissions Policy on the school website

There’s no doubt that Sir Robert Pattinson Academy is a school with a growing reputation and a growing roll call to match. The school has rightly earned its status as a community where pupils are safe, valued, challenged and strive to achieve their best.

High value has been placed on creating a safe environment and encouraging students and staff to play a positive role in the community.

Headteacher Dale Hardy has high expectations of both teachers and students. Challenging targets are set for all and pupils and teachers support each other to achieve them, monitoring accurately the progress of students during the year.

Recently the school completed a £400,000 project to install new fencing, new gates and 90 new CCTV cameras to deliver on its commitment to student safety.

New facilities designed for students who need extra help have also been opened creating two “hubs” dedicated to providing professional counselling and specialist learning.

Little wonder that the school – and Mr Hardy himself – have amassed an impressive array of awards in the past year – including a national award from The Children’s Society and Carers Trust for the support it provided to young carers during the pandemic, as well as the Eco-Schools Award.

The Anti-Bullying Alliance awarded the academy Gold Award status – marking the school’s commitment and actions in promoting positive attitudes and behaviour and Mr Hardy scooped Headteacher of the Year for his commitment and dedication to his work.

Communication with parents and residents is seen as paramount and investment has been made in a new phone system. The Head also writes to every parent every week to update them on progress.

All this contributes to a strong school ethos that every student should value, enjoy, respect and be excited by learning and the world around them – giving them a unique opportunity to achieve and be successful in a safe and nurturing environment.

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Based in the idyllic village of Woodhall Spa, we are a leading independent nursery, day and boarding preparatory school for boys and girls aged 2-13.

Set in our own beautiful grounds, we have exceptional facilities. Our swimming pool has recently undergone major refurbishment and all our pupils benefit from weekly swimming lessons.

The enviable learning environment at St Hugh’s provides a space where classrooms and playing fields offer equal opportunities for all – be it in a lesson, a match, a concert or a play, there are opportunities for children to develop, encouraged by professionals who are proud to be part of the school and who love what they do.

In our last ISI inspection we achieved “Excellent” in all areas and our nursery was deemed “Outstanding”.

In the Independent Schools Awards 2022, we were proud to be shortlisted for Small Independent School of the Year and Independent School of the Year for Student Wellbeing, while most recently, we were a finalist in the Lincolnshire Sport & Physical Activity Awards.

We welcome prospective pupils and their families to visit us at any time throughout the year.

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