Lincoln Minster School

Highlighting best practice as a representative in The Parliamentary Review

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HeadteacherMaria Young
Surrounded by Lincoln’s
historical and picturesque
Overlooking the city landscape and nestled beside Lincoln’s
famous cathedral and castle landmarks, Lincoln Minster
School is an independent co-educational day and boarding
school for pupils aged two to 18. The school, which has origins
in the 13th century, aims to sit at the heart of the community,
working in partnership with the city’s major companies, brands
and educational institutions. Below, Headteacher Maria Young
discusses some of these partnerships in detail.
The school is known for its pupil-centred approach. Every teacher knows every
pupil’s first name. This makes for a happy and nurturing community, giving the
pupils confidence to try new things, tackle new challenges and develop their
interests in the educational landscape that surrounds them.
Even though we are proudly non-selective, our pupils achieve excellent academic
results, with the preparatory school ranked 36th in the country and the senior
school recognised as the leading school in Lincolnshire for value-added results at A
level. Pupils’ academic progress, however, is only one part of the story.
A tale of two universities
More than anything else, we have received attention and recognition from across
the city and the educational world more widely for our pioneering work with the
two local universities: the University of Lincoln and Bishop Grosseteste University.
As the school enjoys a location within five minutes’ walking distance of both
universities, it seemed that developing a mutually beneficial working relationship would
be a positive step forward for all institutions and hugely rewarding for the students.
»Headteacher:Maria Young
»Founded in 1996
(originates from 1325)
»Location:Lincoln, Lincolnshire
»Type of school:Independent co-
educational day and boarding
»No. of students: 600
Lincoln Minster
Highlighting best practice
Benefits to Lincoln Minster
School pupils
There have been substantial benefits to
our pupils, including the following:
»All sixth-form LMS pupils have access
to support from the universities,
should they wish, with their
Extended Project Qualification.
»All sixth-form LMS pupils are enrolled
with the universities, allowing access
to the library and online resources.
»All sixth-form LMS pupils can attend
first-year undergraduate lectures to
get a feel for a lecture environment,
as opposed to the teaching and
learning approach they receive
»The school receives early notifications
of external speakers, special guest
lectures and university competitions.
»University lecturers visit the school to
give presentations.
»University lecturers support our
pupils with mock university
interviews and UCAS personal
statement writing.
»International student links are
established between the overseas
university students and our
Collaborative work between
Lincoln Minster School pupils
and university students
Our economics and business studies
department has collaborated on
several projects with students from
both universities. At the University
of Lincoln, our pupils undertook a
research project partnership with a
postgraduate research mentor and
Pipers Crisps. The students worked in
small groups to undertake generational
market research.
With Bishop Grosseteste University,
year 13 pupils have worked on a team
coaching workshop with second-year
undergraduates from the enterprise
and entrepreneurship department.
This involved them playing a series of
educational games and then being
set the task of creating a product
based on superpowers. Additionally,
our pupils undertook the Belbin team
role profiling at BGU, which identifies
their strengths and weaknesses and
can be used to enhance their UCAS
applications. Our pupils have been
able to experience higher education
first-hand, identify what they have
liked about it and discern whether
they could see themselves thriving in
Other areas of collaborative work have
included our year 12 biology students
attending a BioBlitz event at the
University of Lincoln, where they took
part in a series of practical activities
organised and run by resident research
scientists. The pupils experienced
pond-dipping, bacteria staining and
DNA extraction and were given an
insight into Lincolnshire wildlife, as
the event was run in partnership with
Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust.
The importance of
collaboration in leadership
The assistant to the vice-chancellor
from the University of Lincoln sits on
Using the lost art of
conversation at LMS
The school’s
support and
attention to
wellbeing is
regarded, as
are the
available for
pupils to
engaged with
our many
clubs and
the school’s governing body, and I
sit on the advisory board of Lincoln
International Business School and
the business and enterprise advisory
board at Bishop Grosseteste. Bishop
Grosseteste’s head of business school
is a member of our governing body.
We receive regular visits from
University of Lincoln leaders to
observe our year 12 A-level classes.
The objective of these visits is for
university staff to observe the teaching
and learning environment of sixth-
form pupils, better to understand the
process of preparing the pupils for A
levels, just one step away from being a
first-year undergraduate at university.
Partnership in sport and the arts
The school’s pastoral support and
attention to pupils’ wellbeing is highly
regarded, as are the opportunities
available for pupils to become engaged
with our many clubs and societies. This
engagement has led to a number of
our recent alumni achieving national
and international recognition in drama,
music and sport.
The school’s pioneering partnerships
with England Golf, Lincolnshire Tennis
and Lincoln City FC have propelled the
school into the top 100 independent
schools for sport. Additionally, with
the help of the charitable organisation
Hockey for Heroes, the school set a
world record last summer in Nepal for
playing hockey at the highest altitude
ever recorded.
Our pathways programme:
joining up secondary and
tertiary education
Lincoln Minster School and the
University of Lincoln have teamed up
to offer a unique study experience.
Those who study for their A levels at
Lincoln Minster School can benefit from
a direct, bespoke route into further
study at the University of Lincoln. The
programme is innovative within the
education sector and is being seen
by many educational consultants as
the future for international education
Pathways between the institutions exist
in science, business and engineering.
Pupils will benefit from being a part
of the school’s science, business or
engineering performance programmes
while in the sixth form, which gives
them access to the university’s facilities,
teaching and resources one afternoon
a week with students and lecturers
from the university, thus extending
their higher-order thinking and learning
in their intended university pathway.
In summary, we are a school very
much in keeping with our mission of
providing an education for life.
The school’s
with England
Tennis and
Lincoln City FC
have propelled
the school into
the top 100
schools for
An innovative and
buzzing city hub,
surrounded by the
beautiful Lincolnshire

This article was sponsored by Lincoln Minster School. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng.

Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng

This year’s Parliamentary Review reflects on a tumultuous and extraordinary year, globally and nationally. As well as being an MP, I am a keen student of history, and I am conscious that 2020 would mark the end of an era. It will be remembered as the year in which we concluded Brexit negotiations and finally left the European Union. Above all, it will be remembered as the year of Covid-19.

In our fight against the pandemic, I am delighted that our vaccination programme is beginning to turn the tide – and I pay tribute to the British businesses, scientists and all those who have helped us to achieve this. But the virus has dealt enormous damage, and we now have a duty to rebuild our economy.

We must ensure that businesses are protected. We have made more than £350 billion available to that end, with grants, business rates relief and our furlough scheme supporting more than 11 million people and jobs in every corner of the country, maintaining livelihoods while easing the pressure on employers. The next step is to work with business to build back better and greener, putting the net zero carbon challenge at the heart of our recovery. This is a complex undertaking, but one which I hope will be recognised as a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Through the prime minister’s ten point plan for a green industrial revolution, we can level up every region of the UK, supporting 250,000 green jobs while we accelerate our progress towards net zero carbon emissions.

With our commitment to raise R&D spending to 2.4% of GDP and the creation of the Advanced Research & Invention Agency, we are empowering our fantastic researchers to take on groundbreaking research, delivering funding with flexibility and speed. With this approach, innovators will be able to work with our traditional industrial heartlands to explore new technologies, and design and manufacture the products on which the future will be built – ready for export around the globe.

And I believe trade will flourish. We are a leading nation in the fight against climate change. As the host of COP26 this year, we have an incredible opportunity to market our low-carbon products and expertise. Our departure from the EU gives us the chance to be a champion of truly global free trade; we have already signed trade deals with more than 60 countries around the world.

As we turn the page and leave 2020 behind, I am excited about the new chapter which Britain is now writing for itself, and for the opportunities which lie ahead of us.
Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy