Welcome to our new look online magazine or e-zine. We hope that this will allow us to upload more photographs and make the articles much easier to read and interact with. It will also mean that we can keep everybody more up-to-date with what is happening in school as we don’t need to wait until the end of a term to be able to publish articles. Finally, our new e-zine will be much easier to read on a phone or tablet and more user-friendly in general.
It does not seem possible that we are approaching the end of another academic year. As I have said in various fora before, I see the ‘school’ as the people in it and at QEHS relationships between those people are incredibly important to us. Saying goodbye to Year 13 as they take their final exams and look forward to whatever they are doing post-18 is always a sad occasion but we look forward to congratulating them in August on a set of results well-deserved. We have students hoping to go to the most prestigious universities as well as students who have secured the highest quality degree apprenticeships and I wish them all the very best of luck as they collect their results later in the summer and head off to the next stage of their learning.
Equally, we are sad to see Year 11 leave as they come to the end of compulsory schooling, though not the end of compulsory education, employment or training. We are the only outstanding provider of high-quality A levels in the area and any Year 11 student who is considering A levels for post-16 is fortunate to have QEHS so close by. Many students come from other schools to our Sixth Form to benefit from our experienced and skilled teachers, all of whom have degrees in the subjects, or closely related subjects, that they teach in the Sixth Form. I was surprised to read in a recent Nuffield Foundation research paper (2018) that only 48% of maths teachers at GCSE and 57% at A level had a degree in maths or a related subject. For English things were slightly better with 70% of teachers having a degree in a related subject at GCSE and 72% at A level. For us at QEHS the figures are 100% for both subjects at GCSE and A level and it is high quality, experienced staff like this that makes the standard of teaching so high and the student experience in the classroom so excellent.
QEHS continues to work hard to provide a wide range of activities beyond the classroom. Our sports teams have again excelled this year as have individual students, some of whom are on-track to secure a Team GB place and at least one who has already secured her place in the Team GB athletics squad. The Arts are also thriving and our ensembles have entertained us throughout the year whilst we are currently enjoying the Art and Tech show as well as the school musical. STEM has again been successful, particularly our primary school links, and we have again been recognised by The Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards Scheme due to the high number of students gaining their Bronze and Silver Awards. Other societies have also grown this year including Cooking Club, Languages Society and the History Society. My thanks go to all staff who give of their own time to make these opportunities happen for our students, as well as those Sixth Formers who often take the leadership of these societies on.
The high quality teaching and wide range of opportunities for student leadership and engagement in the Sixth Form is why we are the post-16 option of choice in the area.
Whilst we say goodbye to our Year 11 and 13 students, we are preparing to welcome 194 new Year 7 students to the school in September in what will be our largest intake to date. We have also recently run our familiarisation testing days for September 2020 entry.
This year is a milestone for me personally as it marks my tenth year leading QEHS. Being the headteacher of such a long-standing and prestigious school is a privilege and honour and I recognise that I am the custodian of a school with a rich history as well as a bright future. I would like to thank all parents, staff, students and governors who have helped and supported QEHS to ensure it has remained successful throughout the past decade.
We are looking forward to reaching back into our past next year as we make our own contribution to the national Mayflower 400 celebrations through an old boy of the school, John Robinson. We plan to have a number of events linked to the Mayflower 400 activities including a dinner in the summer of 2020 linked to Old Ganians Day which is 30 June.
It only remains for me to wish all of the QEHS community a restful summer break and we look forward to welcoming everybody back in September.
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Continuing to work in partnership with Innovate, we are pleased to announce that we will be introducing a new food outlet that will be available for students to use from September. The Pod will be located behind Rooms 15 and 16, with a choice of grab and go items on sale at break, lunch and after school.
This should shorten the queues in the existing areas, allowing students extra free time at break and lunch. The Pod will be the only outlet open to purchase food from after school as it is ideally located for quick access to the bus waiting area. Innovate will be able to evaluate what products students would like and tailor the service accordingly.
All lost property will be on display in the Lower School Hall on Thursday 18 July (last day of term) for students to re-acquaint themselves with their belongings. Any uncollected items will remain on display for the first two weeks of the school holidays. Should any parents/guardians wish to come and have a look for their child's belongings, please call in to Reception on arrival at the school. After this period, any items that have not been collected will be disposed of.
Student voice has spoken…
After many years of trying to improve the washroom facilities here at QEHS, and the students expressing their dislike of using the amenities, a new and more inclusive approach has been planned. During the summer of 2019 the student toilets in the Lower School building will undergo a massive transformation and an all gender facility will be created. This will allow students access to modern, up to date conveniences.With the help of Ms Muir we have devised a fresh and vibrant colour scheme and we have worked together to create something that we can all be proud of.
QEHS Levels and the Flightpath
As parents/guardians will be aware, every student in the school receives a Grade Card with a current performance grade on it for each subject, three times per year. Current performance grades are based on ‘QEHS Levels’.
Students and parents/guardians have been using these grades to plot progress on the QEHS Flightpath, which is on the back of the Grade Card. The graph shows ‘expected progress’ and students and parents/guardians can use it to assess how well a student is doing. Of course we encourage all of our students exceed expectations and needless to say, many of them do.
We have been monitoring student grades and progress over time and, as a result, we have modified the flightpath to more accurately reflect the grades and progress that we expect students to make at different stages of their career at QEHS. The new Flightpath is below and is in the student planner. It will also be on Grade Cards.
Parents/guardians and students should note that */+/- grades will still be issued at the end of every short term for engagement.
Well done to Renee Hazelden, 8E, who received a Level 2 Certificate for passing her Grade 5 Singing with a Merit!
Where does the time go? Here we are again at the end of a packed academic year to say fond farewells to members of staff who are moving on to new adventures, and to thank them for the contributions they have made during their time at QEHS. We also look forward to welcoming our ‘new recruits’ who will join us in September 2019.
The Christmas holidays saw the first group of leavers which included the retirement of Mr Priest (ICT Systems Manager), Mr Hilton (Computing) moving on to a new and exciting career in robotics and Mr Phillips (Caretaker) who will long be remembered for building our beautiful Old Boys’ memorial at the front of Upper School.
In April and May we said goodbye to Mrs Magill (Curriculum Support) who is now enjoying her retirement after many years of data input for exams, student attendance and the dreaded School Census! We also said ‘au revoir’, ‘adiós’ and ‘auf wiedersehen’ to our wonderful Foreign Language Assistants Julie, Paola and Leonie. We wish them well in their future career paths.
Members of staff who will be leaving us at the end of the academic year include:
- Mr Stroud who has taught Computing to many of our students since January 2019;
- Miss Eyre who has supported our PE Department with tasks, organisation, fixtures and covering lessons during departmental absences;
- Mrs Glew who has supported Mr Allsop, the school and the Lincolnshire Consortium of Grammar Schools as PA to Headteacher tirelessly for the last 8 years;
- Miss Hall who has taught Chemistry and been heavily involved in STEM and other exciting extra-curricular opportunities for our students during her time with us;
- Mrs Carney who, during her time in school, has taught Chemistry (and led the department for a time) but most recently will be remembered for her role as Deputy Head of Sixth Form and her invaluable work with our students;
- Mr Udall who has taught History at QEHS for 20 years, but will most notably be remembered as a staunch Blades supporter;
- and finally, Mrs Marshall who will leave us after 32 years in our English department; an inspiration to many students who during her time have won national competitions and gone on to follow their dreams in literature and connected career paths.
Thank you to you all from staff and students present and past.
Due to the departures listed above we have been fortunate to recruit new members of staff who will join us in September. These include:
- Mrs McGrath – Community Relations Officer
- Mrs Plant – Teacher of History
- Mr Stretton – Teacher of Business Studies
- Mrs Spawton – Teacher of Chemistry
- Mrs Sacker – Teacher of History
- Mr Martin – Teacher of Computing
- Mr Downing – Teacher of Chemistry
- Mrs Whelan – PA to Headteacher
We are looking forward to welcoming them to QEHS.
We would also like to keep you updated with some internal changes which have happened recently, or will start from the start of Term 1:
- Mrs Haldenby : Assistant Headteacher/Head of Sixth Form
- Mr Dawson : Deputy Head of Sixth Form – Year 13
- Mr Watt : Deputy Head of Sixth Form – Year 12
- Mrs Cropper : Deputy Head of Sixth Form – EPQ and UCAS
- Mr Betts : Head of Churchill
- Mrs Daubney : Teaching & Learning Coordinator
- Mrs Wilkinson : Student Support & Learning Coordinator.
We wish them all well in their new roles.
Here’s to a fantastic and exciting 2019-20!
Mrs D Brown
Mrs D Brown
Thurs 18 July
Last day of Academic Year
Sun 11 August
Camps International Cambodia trip returns
Thurs 15 August
A Level results day
Thurs 22 August
GCSE results day
Mon 2 September
New Staff Induction Day
Tues 3 September
Weds 4 September
Year 7 and 12 students only in school
Thurs 5 September
All students in school – Term 1 starts
Thurs 5 September
Year 7, 9 and 12 student individual photos
Thurs 12 September
Junior Presentation Evening: 19.00 for 19.30 start
Weds 2 October
Year 7 parent and tutor meetings: 16.30 – 19.30
3 to 7 October
10 to 13 October
WW1 Battlefield Trip
14 to 21 October
German Exchange students to Germany
Tues 15 October
Year 11 Parents’ Evening: 16.30 – 19.30
Thurs 17 October
House Drama: from 18.00
Fri 18 October
Last day of Term 1 – Civvies Day
Tues 29 October
Term 2 starts for all