chairman's keynote speech: hmc annual conference '17
Delivered by Chris King, HMC Chairman and Headmaster of Leicester Grammar School
Chris King was Chair of the HMC Professional Development Committee from 2009 to 2014 and a HMC full board member since 2006. He was Chair in 2015-16 and is Chair of HMC again in 2017-18. To read his Keynote Speech from the HMC Annual Conference 2017, click here
NEW! Full Scholarship for Sixth Form
Leicester Grammar School Trust is pleased to announce a new opportunity for students hoping to join the Sixth Form. The funding for this is from the Sir Thomas White Trust and covers the full fee for both sixth form years.
The conditions are:
- You should expect to achieve 9 A* and A grades at GCSE level with ideally most at A*
- You should be currently educated in a state school
- Your family should earn less than £35,000 and this can be means tested on application
- You will be interviewed by representatives of the Sir Thomas White Trust who make the final selection. To convince the interviewing panel you will need to show ambition and drive to succeed
Application is through the normal Grammar School application form with a covering letter to explain why you should be considered for the award. Application forms can be found by clicking this link.
Teenage use of mobile devices during the night
I thought parents might be interested in the statistics below arising from recent research by HMC on the use of mobile devices by pupils at night. The third and fourth bullet points are quite revealing suggesting that almost all pupils are on social media in one form or another after they go to bed but that two thirds of parents are not aware of this. Parents might find these statistics helpful to start a conversation with your children? It follows on from the recent Friends led evening event who centred on the use of social media by children.
Headmaster and Chief Executive, Christopher King
HMC has conducted a survey this term of 2,750 pupils aged 11-18, looking into teenage use of mobile devices overnight and the impact this is having on their health and wellbeing.
The survey found that almost half (45%) of students admit they check their mobile device after going to bed. Of these:
- a quarter (23%) check their mobile device more than 10 times a night;
- a quarter (25%) spend more than an hour on their mobile device after going to bed (just over 11% of the whole);
- a third (32%) of these students’ parents are not aware that they check their mobile device after going to bed;
- almost all (94%) of these students are on social media after going to bed;
- 75% are listening to music after going to bed;
- over half (57%) are watching films;
- 70% of boys are playing games after going to bed;
- 10% of students said they’d feel stressed about missing out if they didn’t check their mobile device before going to sleep;
- 38% of students said they’d be curious to know what’s happening if they didn’t check their mobile device before going to sleep.
Other findings show that:
- 68% of students say that using their mobile devices at night affects their school work
- a quarter of students (25%) also say they feel tired during the day because of how often they use their mobile device at night
- almost half (42%) of students keep their phone next to their bed at night
HMC conducted this survey of 2,750 pupils aged 11-18 in state-funded and independent schools in September 2016, in partnership with online safety organisation Digital Awareness UK (DAUK). DAUK’s work focusses on pupil safety throughout the country, tackling issues such as cyberbullying, sexting and hacking. It says that the HMC findings chime with what they’re seeing in schools across Britain.
What is LGS Enterprises?
I wanted to clarify the purpose of LGS Enterprises Ltd as I believe it is not always clear and understood.
LGS Enterprises carries out a wide range of activities in conjunction with the schools that operate within the LGS Trust in order to make a profit. Profits are gifted back to the Trust for the funding of bursaries for children that would not otherwise benefit from an education at Leicester Grammar School.
Last year, as well as operating the Red Squirrel Café, LGS Enterprise activities involved the rental of the swimming pool for lessons, the main school buildings for weddings and other events, BBC Question Time, music and drama productions by third parties including Lemon Jelly Arts and The Salvation Army as well as the sports grounds for use by City Cricket Academy and various hockey clubs.
All of the rental opportunities are carefully orchestrated to take place around the school calendar so that there is little or no disruption to the day-to-day school routine. This will remain a priority.
In 2015 LGS Enterprises gifted four full bursary places to the Trust. At the last Board Meeting on Monday 26th September 2016, it was agreed that this year LGS Enterprises will donate over £50,000 to the Trust for the funding of four and a half full bursary places. The aim is to increase the amount of funding year on year for bursary places, which I am sure you will agree is a wholly worthwhile objective.
Peru 2016 – Rhea Patel UVI
UVI student, Rhea Patel spent a month in Peru this Summer. Read her account and watch the film she made about her adventure below.
A month away from home was probably my biggest fear about the trip. All those home comforts and not having to think about where the hot water for the shower will come from or how my clothes will get washed. Now I realise how trivial my worries really were.
My trip to Peru was a life changing experience, and being able to help local people in the rural communities is a remarkable feeling that will stick with me forever. The type of work that we were taught to carry out was making mud bricks, digging foundations and irrigation channels and installing flushing toilets. Carrying out this type of work encouraged me to notice how much I actually have and how fortunate I am. Their humble lifestyles and their gratefulness for our relatively small amounts of help are something I will forever admire.
Waking up to the views throughout the whole trip was unbelievable and it was one of the things I missed most when I got back to England. Although the views were breath taking, waking up every day and seeing the culture and the way the locals live was the thing I paid most attention too. The vibrant smiles and the welcoming ‘Hola’s’ when walking through the villages truly showed me how appreciative and content the local people were for everything they had no matter how little.
Surprisingly not having my phone wasn’t as tough as I thought it would be. The feeling of being oblivious to what was happening in the world was pleasantly satisfying. There was no reason to worry about receiving the next text message or what awful things were happening around the world. To think that this was how the people of the rural villages we were helping in lived daily was a very strange thought. They weren’t going to go home at the end of the month and find out everything that had been happening in the world. They couldn’t just go back to their phones laptops and hot showers after they’d finish their one-month trip.
Trekking Machu Picchu is on many people’s bucket list and I feel so privileged to say that this trip gave me the opportunity to complete the 5-day Salkantay Trek. Completing the trek let me prove to myself that I am stronger than I could ever imagine; not only physically but also mentally. The trek truly did push my limits and was one of the most challenging things I’ve completed. The 12 hour days of walking gave me plenty of time to reflect on the trip and just things in general. As cliché as it sounds I think I truly found myself on the trip with all the time to think and just clear my mind.
The most important thing that I have taken away with me from the trip is that I could do without many luxuries that I never thought I would be able to. It has also made me want to carry on travelling and I am even considering taking a gap year so I can carry on discovering cultures around the world.
Malaysia & Singapore Senior Girls' Tour Fundraiser
In the summer of 2017, thirty-seven Leicester Grammar School pupils will be attending Singapore and Malaysia on a Hockey and Netball Tour. As part of their visit they will be visiting The Ramakrishna Orphanage in Penang, which houses orphaned boys and girls aged between 6 and 20. The tour party is spending the period between now and our departure raising money to donate to the orphanage to assist with the children's basic needs and education.
To contribute towards our fundraising for this great cause, the pupils will be taking part in a team 12 hour sponsored run/row/cycle from Singapore to Penang, which equates to 712km or roughly 20km per pupil. The Headmaster completed the first 17km in the foyer at the start of lunch! The girls will begin their challenge on Friday 16th September at 8.30pm and exercise through the night, in an attempt to cover the distance before 8.30am on Saturday 17th.
If you would like to donate any money to The Ramakrishna Orphanage, please send it to LGS reception in a clearly marked envelope.
Leicester Grammar School Results 2016
For the second consecutive year, Leicester Grammar School is the top-performing school for GCSE and A Level results in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. 2016 has seen Leicester Grammar School produce its best ever GCSE results with 78% A*/A grades and 93% A*/B. Eight pupils achieved straight A*s in ten or eleven subjects.
At A Level almost 60% A*/A and 84.9% A*/B grades were awarded. The outcome for the vast majority of the Upper Sixth students is that they are able to secure their first or second choice universities.
These results are in line with Leicester Grammar School’s consistently excellent results for the last seven years. Leicester Grammar School has performed very strongly when compared with other local independent schools at both A level and GCSE level and remains a long way ahead of local state schools in Leicestershire.
“We are really proud of all of our students. They have achieved outstanding grades and left us as confident yet grounded young men and women, ready to succeed in the wider world.”
Headmaster and Chief Executive, Christopher King