Lincoln Christ's Hospital School

Lincoln Christ's Hospital School
Educating in Lincoln since 1090


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Richard and Mary Lucas were involved with Lincoln Christ’s Hospital School from and indeed before the comprehensive school opened in September 1974. Their four children were educated on our Wragby Road site as pupils at either the Lincoln School or the newly opened LCHS as were two grand-children. In due course we will write a much fuller appreciation of their involvement in the development of education in Lincoln. The content below is only the starting point of this account.

Richard Murfin Lucas was born on 29th November 1930. He was admitted to Lincoln School in September 1939, and left in 1948. He was a member of Lindum House, and took his School Certificate in 1946 and his Higher School Certificate in 1948.

Richard was awarded a place at Manchester University in 1948, and graduated in 1952 with a BSc (Honours) degree in Technical Building. Before joining the family building business in Lincoln, he served with the Royal Engineers in Austria. A strong and loyal supporter of his alma mater, he was elected President of the Old Lincolnians’ Society in 1986.

Mary Diana West was born on 22nd December 1932. She won a Kesteven Scholarship to Lincoln Christ’s Hospital Girls’ High School (LHS) in August 1943, following five years at All Saints C of E Primary School in North Hykeham. In 1951 she was awarded a place at Sheffield University to read English with French, and graduated with her BA degree in 1954.

Following graduation, Mary taught in a variety of schools including her alma mater LHS, and at Lincoln Christ’s Hospital School (LCHS) following the comprehensive movement in Lincoln in 1974.

Later in life Mary gained an MA and PhD from Nottingham University, which led to a secondary career as an adult history lecturer. She was a cathedral guide and co-author of Lincoln Cathedral: a Journey from Past to Present. She was also a member of the Survey of Lincoln and made several contributions to its publications.

Richard and Mary married in 1955, and had four children, all of whom attended either Lincoln School or LCHS, as did two of their grandchildren as mentioned previousy.

Both Richard and Mary were enthusiastic supporters of Lincoln Christ’s Hospital School for more than four decades in many different roles. Mary taught French for a number of years and both were consistently supportive and interested in the Modern Languages department. Richard continued to work in the family-run construction business and was heavily involved in the Governors, especially the Property Committee.

Given his background, Richard was professionally interested in all aspects of the buildings, their development, maintenance, and enhancement. Colleagues remember the termly Property Committee meetings, especially the May inspection walk around the site with the Architect, stopping for lively conversations on drains, flashings and so on. According to one long-serving staff member a particular interest was “the steps he had made for the Main Hall stage. He would regularly comment on how they were, and was the first to point out if anything had happened to them, in particular, edging pieces falling off etc. It was quite comical in one respect, in that it became common to remark "better get that fixed before Mr. Lucas sees it!!". His attention to detail became legendary, another example being the crafting of the replacement for a missing leaf for the meeting table in the headteacher’s office.

The result of another memorable enhancement is evident in the Library. The Lincoln School display cabinet had been moved there from the Main Hall around the turn of the century and continues to house the trophies from the boys’ school at the window end. However, as Mary and others pointed out there was no parity or gender equality while the trophies from the Girls’ High School languished in a cardboard box. Mary’s point was made, the Lucases and the School found some money, and Richard sprang into action. Contacts in the ‘trade’ led to the construction of an almost identical cabinet and the girls’ trophies are now beautifully housed at the opposite end of the Library to the Lincoln School ones. This was typical of micro actions supporting macro beliefs. Richard and Mary were a completer-finisher team as well as shaker-movers.

More Richard and Mary teamwork was shown off to best effect after the opening of the Garton Archive in December 2004 in the final days of David Cox’s headship. The new facility had originally been dedicated to the archives of Lincoln School collected by Charles Garton, but other items naturally gravitated to the space including a massive stone plaque from the Girls’ High School. This needed a special mounting, which Richard sourced and fitted himself with a little staff help. Both Richard and Mary served on the Foundation Governors’ Archives Sub-Committee first convened by Chairman Alan Nugent, and contributed to the ground-breaking decision that records from all four pre-1974 schools could be housed in the Garton Archive. At the same time they were firm in their big picture view that the post-1974 records of Lincoln Christ’s Hospital School should have their own repository, which is now being developed near the Old Hall.

Richard and Mary brought other skills and expertise to Lincoln Christ’s Hospital School, notably through their writing and commitment to the cathedral and the history of the city more generally through The Survey of Lincoln. One example is that Richard wrote about “The Lincoln Stradivarius” in 2003. More recently, in addition to writing up extensive research for a wide range of external audiences, Mary contributed several ‘Occasional Papers’ on the Girls’ High School. Both regularly supported Peter Harrod, our pre-1974 archivist, on key details, often shared with animated banter on the accuracy and interpretation of sources

Richard and Mary always brought energy, wisdom and wit as well as their considerable skills and experience garnered through business, City Council, local trusts and committees to the table. Purpose and benefit allied to value for money were at the heart of things. Any conversation could become a lively meeting of minds with a great dash of humour underpinning a huge determination to justify any decision and do the right thing. This was typical of their unswerving commitment to Lincoln Christ’s Hospital School. They will be sorely missed.

Mr C Williams, Post 1974 Archivist and Mr P Harrod, Garton Archivist

From the 22nd of February to the 10th of April LCHS will run a Readathon Sponsored Read and we’d like all the students and members of staff to join in.

Readathon is the UK’s national sponsored reading event for schools, encouraging young people to read for pleasure - an activity proven to increase their chances of success and personal happiness for the rest of their lives. (Source: OECD)

Readathon motivates even reluctant readers to read more because young people love raising money for seriously ill children. The money raised by LCHS’s Readathon will help fund Readathon’s Hospital Programme, providing brand new books and storytellers’ visits to brighten up the days of children in hospitals across the UK. They will also help fund the important work of three children’s charities including CLIC Sargent, Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity and Together for Short Lives.

LCHS will get free books worth 20% of our donation - so the more our students raise the more books we’ll get.

The students will bring home a Readathon sponsorship card showing what they intend to read. Books, e-books, comics, magazines – anything goes! Sharing a book with an adult or listening to an audio book is fine too.

It would be great if UK tax payers could tick the Gift Aid box and fill in their name and address as instructed on the students’ sponsorship card. Readathon will then be able to claim an extra 25% from the Government at no cost to the donor.

Thank you for your support – and happy reading!


Children in Need

Friday 13th November will be a voluntary non-school uniform day for all pupils in support of BBC Children in Need.

Students are encouraged to bring a £1 donation if they would like to take part. There will also be a variety of fundraising activities taking place so students may wish to bring some change and help support this worthy cause. Donations of cake for cakes stalls are always welcome!

If you require any further information, or your child would like to take part in a fund raising activity on the day, please feel free to contact me at school.

Thank you in anticipation of a great day,

Jane Stannard

Coordinator of House Charity Events.

Competitions running before Christmas

All year groups

Art and International

Design the school Christmas card competition

In conjunction with Art and the International department, students from all year groups are invited to design a Christmas Card.  The winning card will be used as the whole school Christmas card and professionally printed by the DT department.  There will be a winner from each house and house Vivos for all those who enter the competition.  All of the entries will be shared with our International partner schools.

Interested students should contact Miss Maltman or Miss White for more details.


The Art Department

Christmas Bauble competition


Students from all year groups are invited to design a Christmas bauble or a Christmas tree decoration.  All of the entries will be displayed on a Christmas tree located in the library.

There will be winner from each house and house Vivos for all those who enter the competition.

Interested students should contact Miss Maltman or Miss Porter for more details.


Best Christmas photograph


Students from all year groups are invited to enter the “Best Christmas Photograph” competition.

There will be winner from each house and house Vivos for all those who enter the competition.  All of the entries will be displayed around the school

Interested students should contact Miss Maltman or Mr Gemill for more details.




The English Department


Short Story Competition


Open to all Year 9, 10 and 11 students.


Why not enter our short story writing competition and win a pair of cinema tickets?

House Vivos for all entries and prizes for the winning entry from each house.

Write a short story entitled ‘The Plan’. No more than 600 words. Submit your entry to your English teacher. Remember to write your name, form and house on your entry. Deadline for entries:

Friday 11th December.

Good Luck!




Open to Year 8 students in ICT.

Year 8 students are invited to design the best Scratch game.

Winners to be selected pre-Christmas by class teachers/HoD. House Vivos for everybody who enters.


Design Technology


RAF project X is this term


Tutor time

Straw and Marshmallow building challenge

Open to all Year 10 students.

Who can build the tallest structure using only straws, marshmallows and masking tape? A prize for the winning entry from each house, and house Vivos for everybody who takes part!

What do you eat for breakfast?

Open to all year 8 students.

House Vivos for everybody who joins in this competition and a form time breakfast for the winning form from each house.

Clean your shoes for Saint Nicolas!

Open to all year 7 students.

All around the world children leave clean and shiny shoes out on the 5th of December ready for Saint Nicolas to pop some presents into.  House points and prizes for all who take part in this fun challenge.

On Monday the 12th of July, 30 students were selected from year 9 to take part in the MFL dragon’s den challenge. 10 from French, 10 from German and 10 from Spanish. We were put into groups of five where we had small tasks to get our brains thinking. We had a presentation from Mrs Turner about we were going to do. She also told us what we were basing our product on; a product that will persuade the younger generation to do sport. She said about what we need to include to get us the best chance of winning. After that we set on our task and we used bits of crafts to make our products. After break we learned some basic Russian greetings and practised them via games. Then the hardest part game and we had to translate our pitch into the language we were picked for. We had to use our knowledge and skills from what we learned in our lessons and a little bit of help from the teacher. The final part came, the showing of our presentation, all our hard work was leading up to this but the nerves and hard work was worth it as the winners revived chocolate. The point of the day was to practise not only to practise our language skills but our team work skills, our creativity skills and most of all our business skills.

Eleanor Rawson