Education – May 2023

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

Lincoln Minster School, a co-educational independent day and boarding school for ages 4-18, shares advice on how to make moving to a new school a positive experience for all the family.

Whether you’re leaving state education, moving house, or starting a new year group, joining a new school can be daunting for both you and your child. Luckily, there’s plenty we can all do to make the transition a smooth and positive experience for your family.

Visit the School
We recommend visiting the school as much as possible, so you and your child are familiar with the staff, facilities and brand-new learning environment. Here at Lincoln Minster School, we offer Individual Tours for families throughout the year, which can be booked online, as well as Taster Days for your child so they can experience the classroom environment before they enrol.

Meet Your New Teachers
Meeting their new teachers can really help to put your child’s mind at ease. Whether it’s as part of your Individual Tour or an arranged Taster Day, meeting them will not only provide a familiar face for their first day, but is also an opportunity for you to discuss any needs, areas for improvement and aspirations.

Involve Your Child
Allowing your child to be involved in the process will not only make them feel much calmer about the transition, but it will also help them to enjoy it! Getting them excited about their new school outfit or shopping for new stationery will ease any nerves and get them looking forward to the first day of their new school.

If you want to learn more about how we can support your transition to Lincoln Minster School, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’re here to support you through every step of the process.

To discover more about Lincoln Minster Prep School, Senior School or Sixth Form, book an Individual Tour at or call 01522 551300.

About Lincoln Minster School:
• UK top 40 Preparatory School (The Times Parent Power Guide 2023)
• Finalist in the national Independent Schools of the Year Awards (2022) for Student Wellbeing
• Shortlisted in the Independent Schools of the Year Awards (2022) for Sporting Achievement

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

Based in the idyllic village of Woodhall Spa, St Hugh’s is a leading independent nursery, day and boarding preparatory school for boys and girls aged two to 13.

Set in our own beautiful grounds, we have exceptional facilities. The enviable learning environment at St Hugh’s provides a space where classrooms and playing fields provide 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. We were a finalist in the Lincolnshire Sport & Physical Activity Awards and most recently won the School category in the Lindum Lincolnshire & LTA Tennis Awards.

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Sixth Form learning at Sir Robert Pattinson Academy in North Hykeham is based around an ethos of developing young adults who are fully prepared for a successful life.

We see our Sixth Form as a community where young people are taught to think, understand and be independent – all within a safe environment and a framework of excellent education.

Our team work together to support our students with both their pastoral and academic needs.
As part of our Sixth Form, the Academy provides an extensive programme including:
• Comprehensive careers guidance – we have a skilled team offering tailored support to help students in their career goals and to guide them through the University, employment or apprenticeship application process.
• Work experience – all Year 12 students benefit from a work experience programme which often leads to employment.
• Enrichment – our enrichment programme has a wealth of opportunities for students to broaden their experience.
• EPQ – for our highest achievers, the Academy offers the Extended Project Qualification which enables students to pursue a topic of their choice in greater depth. This is enhanced through university visits.
• Volunteering – all students are expected to volunteer in the Sixth Form as part of their enrichment. As well as being integral to our ethos, it is also valued by universities, employers and apprenticeship providers.
• Student leadership – our Sixth Form student leadership team lead from the front at Academy Council, on open evenings and other events at the Academy.

ocus allows us to create a school community where independence, understanding, creative thinking, responsibility, and commitment to positive community impact flourishes.

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Stamford School and Stamford High School are set to become fully co-educational when they merge this autumn.

At Stamford we have been educating students since 1532. In September 2023 we will be merging Stamford School and Stamford High School to become the fully co-educational Stamford School.

This is perhaps the biggest change in the 500-year history of the boys’ school and the 145-year history of the girls’ school. This will be the most exciting, challenging, yet rewarding time in the schools’ history.

At the heart of what we offer at Stamford is the opportunity for children to thrive and to help them become the best version of themselves. Every student at Stamford, from nursery through to sixth form, is encouraged to be an independent thinker.

Stamford Junior School is a forward-thinking, bright and vibrant community of learners – distinctively unstuffy, open, inquiring and curious. We make sure every child understands brilliance as striving to achieve their own personal best: not to measure themselves against the goals or performance of others, but to build on yesterday’s experiences to go even further today.

From September this year, our co-educational senior school will bring together boys and girls on the same school campus at St Paul’s, to create a community where Stamford’s heritage and history will remain, but where we can evolve into a stronger school with a very bright future.

Our sixth form will remain mixed, offering students a unique experience at our bespoke St Martin’s campus.

Home from home boarding
Our boarding community is small but offers a ‘home away from home’ experience for those students who stay with us throughout the term.

Our seven boarding properties ensure pupils and our boarding houseparents feel part of a close-knit community, and no child is ever overlooked.

We offer a range of boarding options, from full termly boarding, weekly boarding for three, four or five nights, or flexi boarding for the occasional stay when required.

Stamford students are determined, hard-working and eager to get involved with everything we offer. We enable them to grasp each and every opportunity, and to be the very best they can be, both in and out of the classroom. Within a sound framework of pastoral care and continuous development, Stamfordians are filled with the skills and confidence to face the future as rounded and grounded young adults.

Our broad co-curricular programme offers a range of activities for all students to build inclusivity, community and teamwork outside of the academic timetable; we believe that our co-curricular offering is an essential part of a student’s schooling with us.

At Stamford we give every student the opportunity to thrive, and while our schools have a long and prestigious heritage, everything we do now is focused on preparing young people to lead happy and fulfilling lives in the 21st century.

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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 and dedicated laboratories means that the college now offers courses in sport, business, public services, 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.

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