Principal’s Blog – 21st October 2016

  • Parent and Child Reading Group Image 1
  • Parent and Child Reading Group Image 2
  • Parent and Child Reading Group Image 3
  • Parent and Child Reading Group Image 4
  • Minsthorpe Students At Boston United FC
  • School Games Logo
  • Girls Rugby Team Vs Hemsworth


Looking Back

It has been an eventful half term. We started September on a high, celebrating our best ever A-level results and GCSE results that put us above the national pass rate. In terms of sports, Minstorpe students have continued our proud tradition and continue to win the right way. On Tuesday October 18th the college received the Bronze School Games Award in recognition to our dedication to curricular and extra-curricular sport for all Minsthorpe students. The college was also hit by a number of tragedies, with both past and present students sadly losing their lives. However, these dreadful events brought us even closer together and we have got through these testing times by caring for one another. Time remains the best healer and I wish both staff and students a well-deserved break in which to rest and re-charge their batteries.

Parent and Child Reading Group

The first meeting of this group took place on Monday October 17th. As you can see from the photographs, it was a lovely evening and a pleasure to see parents reading with their children. Learning is complex; it begins at birth and continues throughout life. Parents are the first teachers and role models for their children, and therefore have a strong influence on their learning. Literacy is one of the areas where parents have the simple facilities (a book or other reading materials) to become involved and to make a difference and helping your child to success in reading is a gateway to success in other academic areas as well. So join this group and give your child a head start – contact Katie Gibson at the college for more details.

Boston United FC

This year Minsthorpe has gone into partnership with Boston United Football Club and Virtual Learning UK to provide an educational platform for students studying Level 3 BTEC National Sport at the Boston United FC Sports College. Established in 2008, VLUK have an impressive record of co-delivering educational courses with schools and colleges and professional sports clubs.

This is a new, exciting and innovative approach to education where the three partners provide a quality educational service to learners aged 16 and over. We currently have 22 students registered at the Boston site which is now classified as a satellite of Minsthorpe Community College! Within the next year the club will be moving from its existing ground at the The Jakemans Stadium to a new purpose built stadium – complete with state-of-the-art new educational facilities – on the outskirts of Boston. We are currently in the process of arranging a number of exciting joint events between our different cohorts of students both here and at Boston. So next time you are Lincolnshire bound give the Pilgrims (Boston United FC’s nickname) a cheer!

Over the year, we hope to open up new Minsthorpe sports academies in and around the Wakefield area in both professional football and rugby clubs.

Girls Rugby

Congratulations to the Year 8 girls rugby team on their first match and first win in a local derby against Hemsworth (32-18). They were quality on Wednesday night and represented the college exceptionally in a tough, physical battle.

Ray Henshaw