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  • Caistor Grammar School
    Church Street
    LN7 6QJ
  • Head: Alistair Hopkins
  • T 01472 851250
  • F 01472 852248
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  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Lincolnshire
  • Pupils: 686; sixth formers: 182
  • Religion: None
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 25th September 2008
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 8th December 2005
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Parents spoke about the ‘family atmosphere and sense of community,’ and ‘the children have real pride in the place.’ ‘It just felt right, with a much warmer feel to it than larger schools we had visited.’ Able children are taught an excellent work ethic and independent thinking and are well set up for later life. ‘They are taught to be independent learners and to work things out for themselves, but help and support is there if they need it...

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What the school says...

Entrance examinations consist of: Entry into Years 7,8 and 9: 2 VR tests. Year 10: Maths, English & 2 VR tests. Sixth Form: Minimum of 5 Cs at GCSE including B grades in subjects to be pursued.

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Physics at an English Grammar School (GCE A level)
  • Best performance by Boys taking Classical Civilisation at an English Grammar School (GCE A level)
  • Best performance by Boys taking General Studies at an English Grammar School (GCE A level)

2016 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking History at an English Grammar School (GCSE Full Course)

School associations

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since January 2017, Alistair Hopkins (mid 40s). English language and literature MA from Oxford, followed by MEd education leadership from Buckingham. Started out as a journalist, editing the Cherwell at uni and winning a scholarship at The Times. Offered a job but wanted to go down the traditional journalist training route working on local papers; however, found he felt removed from the community as he progressed. After four years away from education, viewed it differently, and ‘it seemed the natural thing to do, to teach, as you’re part of the community working towards a common goal.’ An interesting character, worked as a trainee vicar before uni, ‘but it wasn’t for me, as I wasn’t mature enough then.’ Has always worked in selective schools, in the private sector, ‘which I sort of stumbled into.’ This...

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