Kesteven and Grantham Girls' School

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Kesteven and Grantham Girls' School
Motto Veras Hinc Dvcere Voces
From this place, draw true inspiration.
Established 1910
Type Grammar;
Headteacher David Scott
Location Sandon Road
NG31 9AU
Coordinates: 52°54′48″N 0°38′01″W / 52.9134°N 0.6337°W / 52.9134; -0.6337
DfE number 925/4004
DfE URN 138638 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Staff 93
Students 1200
Gender Girls
Ages 11–18
Houses Austen, Brontë, Browning, Eliot, Potter, Rossetti
Website KGGS

Kesteven and Grantham Girls' School (KGGS) is a grammar school with academy status for girls in Grantham, Lincolnshire, established in 1910. It has over 1000 pupils ranging from ages 11–18, and has its own sixth form.


KGGS was founded in 1910. Before its establishment Kesteven Local Education Authority had founded the Grantham Institute, which accepted girls. A decision to found a new county grammar school for girls was made by a joint committee of Lincolnshire borough and Grantham Town councils. After the Board of Education recognised Grantham Institute as a secondary grammar school, and the girls' aspect within it, they appointed a principal mistress for the Institute, who would become the Headmistress of a 1910 newly built school called Kesteven and Grantham Girls' Grammar School.[1]

The former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was a pupil at the school between 1936 and 1943, Head Girl in her final year.[2] Teen author Beverley Naidoo opened the English Department in November 2001. The school was awarded dual specialisms in Language and Science.


The school is located near the boys' grammar school, The King's School, and a small number of KGGS pupils take some lessons there at A Level, in a reciprocal arrangement allowing a few King's pupils to take some lessons at KGGS

Form and house activity[edit]

Each form has a form captain and deputy, two school council members and two charity representatives. Form captains deal with problems and represent the form. A school council discusses matters and acts to improve the school and its community. Charity events are organised by forms to raise money for good causes, with a trophy given each year to the form which raises the most.[3][4]

Pupils are allotted to one of six houses within the school, named after famous female writers and poets: Austen, Brontë, Browning, Eliot, Potter, and Rossetti. Each house has its own colour: Austen-Purple, Potter-Green, Rossetti-Red, Bronte-White, Browning-Black and Eliot-Yellow.[4][5] Houses are headed by two Year 13 house captains and two Year 12 house deputies.[citation needed] The house system is maintained and supervised by three Year 13 house secretaries and one member of staff.[citation needed]

House events include a sports day, a pantomime, choir, netball, badminton, rounders, debating, public speaking, general knowledge and dance. House pantomimes and choirs have an important place in the school's calendar each year.[6] House assemblies are held each term, where house captains inform pupils of news, plans and ideas surrounding house events, and encourage participation in activities.

Extracurricular activity[edit]

There are school exchange programmes with Germany, France and Japan;[7] many girls undertake one of these opportunities each year. The school's connection with Minami High School, Fukushima, Japan, involves a group of Japanese students visiting Grantham each year.[8][9][10][11] A group of girls taking Spanish GCSE or A Level were recently invited to take part in a Spanish exchange in conjunction with Carre's Grammar School, Sleaford.

Peripatetic teachers run lessons in various instruments and singing. Music clubs include a school choir, female barber shop quintet, orchestra, wind band, and string group. There is a composing club, and a 'Junk group' in which students make Stomp-style music using items such as brooms, cardboard boxes and phone books. There is also an occasional magazine called News4u.[5][12]

Curriculum support and revision sessions are held, some for GCSE, AS or A-level.[citation needed]

The school runs the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme, and school sports teams and individuals compete at a national level.[5][13]

KGGS holds classes that are open to the public, such as GCSE in Statistics and Digital Imaging, and GCE AS level in Science in Society.[citation needed]

Notable former pupils[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Wickstead, Arthur, in chapter 10, "Education for all Children", in Twentieth Century Lincolnshire, editor Dennis R. Mills, History of Lincolnshire Committee for the Society of Lincolnshire History and Archaeology (1989), pp.258, 259. ISBN 0902668153
  2. ^ "About School - School aims". 
  3. ^ "Student Achievement Awards". 
  4. ^ a b "Centenary Celebrations - Balloon Race". 
  5. ^ a b c "Extra curricular". 
  6. ^ "House News - House Panto 2012". 
  7. ^ "Exchange programme". 
  8. ^ "Minami High School in Japan and the Aftermath of Friday March 11th". 
  9. ^ "Minami High School in Japan". 
  10. ^ "Update : 17th March 2011". 
  11. ^ "Fundraising for Minami High School". 
  12. ^ "News4U@KGGS". 
  13. ^ "Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme" (PDF). 

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