Kesteven and Sleaford High School
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|Motto||Educating today's pupils for tomorrow's society|
|Type||Selective grammar school
|Headteacher||Mr C Booker|
|DfE URN||137667 Tables|
|Ofsted||Reports Pre-academy reports|
|Gender||Girls, Boys accepted to Sixth Form|
|Website||Kesteven and Sleaford High School Selective Academy|
Kesteven and Sleaford High School Selective Academy (KSHSSA), formerly 'Kesteven and Sleaford High School' (KSHS), is a selective school with academy status for girls aged between eleven and sixteen and girls and boys between sixteen and eighteen, located on Jermyn Street in the small market town of Sleaford, Lincolnshire, England, close to Sleaford railway station.
Sleaford and Kesteven High School Ltd. was founded by a group of local businessmen and housed in 62 Southgate, a town-house constructed by local architect and builder Charles Kirk for himself in 1850. Run by a board of nine directors with William V. R. Fane of Fulbeck Hall as chair, the school operated independently until it was taken over by the local education authority in 1919.
When teaching commenced, on 5 May 1902, the headmistress, Margaret Kate Lewer, presided over 23 pupils, including 8 boarders; by 1909, when Frances May Kirk succeeded her, 62 girls were on roll. Over the next quarter of a century, the numbers at the school increased to 350. Kirk retired in 1944 and she was succeeded, after three years of M. A. Baynes acting as head, by Helen Vidal; by the early 1950s, she was overseeing the education of 330 pupils by 20 staff.
KSHSSA is a high performing secondary school and a Leading Edge school. In 2012 it became a Lead School for the School Direct teacher training programme. KSHSSA has also been awarded quality marks in recent years: Career Mark (2006), Charter Mark (2002, 2006), Artsmark Gold (2002, 2007), and Investors in People status (annually since 1997-2013). KSHSSA was also the only school in Lincolnshire to be awarded the Information and communication technologies mark (2006), and has also received a DfES Achievement Award. The school is a founding member of Sleaford Education and Business Partnership.
KSHSSA occupies a site between Sleaford's high street (known as Southgate) to the east and the site of the long-demolished 12th-century Sleaford Castle to the west. The school is housed in a number of buildings, some old and some relatively modern. One of the old buildings is no. 62 Southgate, built about 1850 in the Jacobean style by local architect Charles Kirk who, was responsible for a number of Sleaford's most prominent 19th-century buildings. New buildings for the 21st century include a technology block, sports hall and drama studio, together with the Catermole Block housing the new purpose-built library.
The school has its own playing fields on-site.
School pupils are drawn from a 200 square mile area of South Lincolnshire, and as far as Newark in Nottinghamshire. A number of the pupils and staff have connections to the Royal Air Force as the school lies only a few miles from the RAF College at Cranwell.
The sixth form takes both boys and girls and in 2013 was ranked at 117th in the country for its excellent A levels results due to around 70% of Grades at A Level being A*-B
Fieldwork and other activities
KSHSSA offers foreign trips for pupils studying Geography, History, Art, German and French. Annual ski trips take place. Operation Wallacea trips to South Africa (2011), Mexico (2013) and South Africa (2015) see students completing scientific investigations as well as voluntary work. History pupils in Year 11 have had in the past the opportunity to study the Third Reich and the Cold War on an annual journey to Berlin. However, in October 2010 the trip was to Krakow in Poland where the students visited Auschwitz. Year 9 students can also take part in the joint Geography and History trip to Paris and Normandy.
History pupils are offered a variety of other trips within the UK. Year 7 pupils visit Lincoln Castle, Year 8 make a full-day visit to Parliament in London, and Year 9 visit the Holocaust Centre at Laxton, near Newark. Geography pupils also participate in field trips within the UK. Art students are offered a visit to New York or Paris.
The school supports pupils participating in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme at Bronze, Silver and Gold. Many students take part in the National Citizen Service at the end of year 11 and 12. Other students complete work experience placements or take up school and community leadership roles, participate in the Young Journalist Academy or complete the Arts Award.
Of KSHSSA pupils, 100% gain five or more GCSEs at A*-C, and over 80% achieve A*-B. More than 90% of the AS/A2 level students go on to higher education.
The school's Ofsted report for 2013, carried out in May found the school to be of a 'Good' standard. Inspectors praised students at KSHSSA as having outstanding attitudes to learning. Teaching is described as good with a significant proportion that is outstanding. A key factor they identified in lessons was the excellent relationships between staff and students. The report stated that students feel safe and secure at the school which has a ‘calm and purposeful atmosphere’ complimenting KSHSSA students as being ‘considerate, courteous and polite at all times’.
The headteacher Mr C Booker, leads a staff of approximately 45 teachers
Notable former pupils
- Guy de la Bedoyere – TV personality and author. Currently teaches history, classical civilisation.
- Pawley (1996), p. 119
- "No. 62 Kesteven and Girls' High School, Southgate, Sleaford (HER number 64697)", Heritage Gateway. Retrieved 22 March 2015.
- "Sleaford High School for Girls", Lincolnshire Echo, 29 January 1903, p. 3; Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire, 1919, p. 505
- "Kesteven and Sleaford High School's Jubilee", Sleaford Gazette, 9 May 1952
- Lincolnshire Echo, 5 May 1902, p. 3, col. 5 [no title]
- Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire, 1905, p. 512
- Pawley, Simon (1996). The Book of Sleaford (Baron Birch for Quotes Ltd.) ISBN 0860235599