Mark Wallce

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Having completed his degree at Queen’s University, Belfast and specialising in Mathematics, Mark worked in the banking sector before undertaking his first role in education as Head of Boarding and Sixth Form at Caterham School. After 14 years at Caterham, Mark went on to become the Principal Deputy at Kingston Grammar before joining Lincoln Minster School as Headmaster in September 2015.


This has been another incredibly busy and successful calendar year at Lincoln Minster School (LMS).

Pupils and staff, have once again, thrown themselves into school life and worked together to produce some astonishing achievements.

We have had some wonderful sporting accolades, both individually and collectively, and I think it is fair to say that our level of performance as a co-educational school is becoming the envy of many.

What makes me most proud with regard to our sport is the way in which we have played. Of course, we want to be competitive and win, however sport at LMS is more than just about a good win/loss ratio – it is about helping each other develop the right instincts and characteristics that will see us well later in life.

The same is true of the artistic side of school life, which continues to flourish. The word ‘participation’ springs to mind with staff allowing and giving opportunities to all levels of talent in art exhibitions, drama productions and music concerts. What you learn from these experiences cannot be measured in terms of academic grades, but will be just as important as the academic grades pupils will achieve here, and not, I hasten to add, in spite of these co-curricular experiences but rather, because of them.

Another stand out for me, and what was commented on during our recent ISI inspection, has been the sense of togetherness and connectedness that links staff, parents and pupils. Here, there is a real sense of a shared journey and ambition, underpinned by a caring and nurturing environment. The ‘feel’ of a school is not something that can be manufactured. It comes from the shared values and the way pupils, parents and staff support each other.

As we move into 2018, we will continue to develop our awareness of the school locally, regionally and overseas and showcase Lincoln as a city of excellence for its educational provision.

We will be working with Visit Lincoln, City of Lincoln Council, Lincolnshire County Council, University of Lincoln, Bishop Grosseteste University and The EBP to raise the profile of the city’s offering.

This connectectivity is so important and aligns two areas of national debate in education – globalisation and partnerships between schools and universities. It is exciting that Lincoln Minster School is at the forefront of these two very exciting areas of development. Certainly, having international students as part of our school community is a real strength as it adds to our cultural diversity, thus giving all of our students the opportunity to learn more from each other.

I also want to utilise LMS for wider community access and we have developed a number of partnerships so that this can be possible. We successfully hosted the Select Lincolnshire Food Awards again in October and we will look forward to hosting 2018’s awards as well.

Always at the heart of what we do will be our pupils and their academic, social and wider school participation. We offer an ‘Education for Life’ and our aim is to develop our pupils’ life and soft skills, their character education as well as their opportunities both inside and outside the classroom.

2018 will also see the school develop its ICT strategy for mobile technology in classrooms which will support and enhance classroom teaching and learning.

Being part of and leading such a strong community is a privilege. I am thankful to our wonderful pupils, parents, colleagues, governors and the wider school community for the opportunity to be a part of all we do. I wish everyone a peaceful and enjoyable Christmas and an exciting 2018.

Having completed his degree at Queen’s University, Belfast and specialising in Mathematics, Mark worked in the banking sector before undertaking his first role in education as Head of Boarding and Sixth Form at Caterham School. After 14 years at Caterham, Mark went on to become the Principal Deputy at Kingston Grammar before joining Lincoln Minster School as Headmaster in September 2015.

The end of term brings a period of reflection for all of us and it has been a real pleasure to see just how successful this year has been for many pupils in terms of academic progress and co-curricular achievement.

There are lots of things that make a school great – teachers, support staff, traditions, facilities, multitude of activities and cultural provision, to name a few.

However, a school is nothing without pupils and it is the pupils that make Lincoln Minster School such a special place. They consistently display the qualities that are important to all of us and make us proud to be associated with the school – kindness and compassion, resilience and initiative, ambition and collegiality, humour and optimism.

This comes through in the way they are around the school, the activities and performances they are involved in and the lessons I have been lucky enough to observe. Our parents and, indeed, prospective parents comment on the happy, relaxed and purposeful atmosphere in the school.

It has been a hugely successful year for the school in all areas – music, drama, art and sport – and I have enjoyed sharing these successes and occasions with the pupils and staff.

Our Preparatory School was listed in the Sunday Times Parent Power Top 100 Independent Schools rankings for Key Stage 2 SATs results. This is a remarkable achievement and is testament to the hard work of all the staff at the school under Fiona Thomas’ leadership.

Of course, there are challenges for the school and I have found our biggest challenge to be expanding our brand in the international market place.

We are a co-educational all-through school (2 ½ -18) with boarding facilities for local and international students. Having international students as part of our school community is a real strength as it adds to the cultural diversity thus giving all our students the opportunity to learn more from each other.

As we move into 2017 we will continue to develop our brand awareness overseas and showcase Lincoln as an attractive city for students to come and learn.

I also want to open up Lincoln Minster for wider community access and we have developed a number of partnerships to ensure this is possible. We successfully hosted the Select Lincolnshire Food and Drink Awards in October and we will be hosting the Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet in April.

Alongside the Chamber of Commerce we are hosting a Business and Economics Conference in February and in early January we host BBC Radio 4’s Kitchen Cabinet Food Show with Jay Rayner. As well, we will be hosting the Young Enterprise Area Finals.

Our expanded relationship with Lincoln Cathedral; developing opportunities in careers, creative writing, research and art to name a few, as well as the continuation of our long musical association, is something I am looking forward to.

Always at the heart of what we do will be our pupils and their academic, social and wider school participation. We offer an ‘Education for Life’ and our aim is to develop our pupils’ life skills, their character education as well as their opportunities both inside and outside the classroom.

Being part of, and leading, such a strong community is a privilege. I’d like to thank all of our students, parents, colleagues and the wider school community for the opportunity to be a part of all we do.

I wish everyone a peaceful and enjoyable New Year.

Having completed his degree at Queen’s University, Belfast and specialising in Mathematics, Mark worked in the banking sector before undertaking his first role in education as Head of Boarding and Sixth Form at Caterham School. After 14 years at Caterham, Mark went on to become the Principal Deputy at Kingston Grammar before joining Lincoln Minster School as Headmaster in September 2015.