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  • Caistor Grammar School
    Church Street
    LN7 6QJ
  • Head: Shona Buck
  • T 01472 851250
  • F 01472 852248
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Lincolnshire
  • Pupils: 688; sixth formers: 181
  • Religion: None
  • Open days: May
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Good 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Good 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Good 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good 1
      • Personal development, behaviour and welfare Good 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Good 1
    • 1 Full inspection 24th May 2022
  • 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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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2022, Shona Buck.


Unusually, the school sets its own 11+ papers, differing slightly from the LA test in that it consists of only verbal reasoning. Pupils usually take the county’s 11+ paper as well to give them the chance of getting into other local grammars if they do not get a place at Caistor. About 270 take the paper, 25 per cent from within catchment, 75 per cent without. A hundred places are offered. Students who live within catchment, a radius of 6.5 miles from head’s office, have priority. Pupils rarely leave unless the family relocates, which is unusual. There is no sibling rule.

Up to 20 join in the sixth form; 50 apply for a place. Pupils come from local comprehensives, other grammars and the occasional private school. Applicants...

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Please note: Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

Who came from where

Who goes where

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Interpreting catchment maps

The maps show in colour where the pupils at a school came from*. Red = most pupils to Blue = fewest.

Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

For help and explanation of our catchment maps see: Catchment maps explained

Further reading

If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

Children get into the school from here:

most years
quite often
sometimes, but not in this year

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