Kesteven and Sleaford High School

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Kesteven and Sleaford High School Selective Academy
Motto Educating today's pupils for tomorrow's society
Established 1902
Type Selective grammar school
Headteacher Mr C Booker
Location Jermyn Street
NG34 7RS
DfE number 925/4005
DfE URN 137667 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Staff 45 approx.
Students 844 approx.
Gender Girls, Boys accepted to Sixth Form
Ages 11–18
Colours Green, yellow
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.[1][2] When teaching commenced, on 5 May 1902,[3] the headmistress, Margaret Kate Lewer, presided over 23 pupils, including 8 boarders; by 1909, 62 girls were on roll and over the next quarter of a century, the numbers at the school increased to 350.[4] 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.[5][4]

As the school increased in size, buildings were added to its grounds. The first were wooden huts, installed shortly after the end of the First World War, which provided the school with an assembly hall, office space and classrooms. A brick block was completed in 1924, followed by an extension to the original house three years later.[6] The County Council planned to rebuild the school in 1930, but this never came to fruition; instead, the school had to wait for prefabricated classrooms to be added in 1946–7.[7] The former Urban District Council offices at Jermyn Street were also purchased by the Council and converted into classrooms for the school.[8]

The Education Act 1944 abolished fees for state schools and standardised entrance examinations. As a result, KSHS wound down its preparatory school during the mid-1940s and the County Selection Examination was used for all admissions.[9] By the early 1950s, there were 330 pupils by 20 staff at the school.[4] In 1952, as part of the school's golden jubilee celebrations, staff and pupils at the school proposed purchasing land behind the school house. Owned by British Railways, the firm eventually agreed a price of £750; over a three year period, the school raised the funds through donations from parents, staff and local people. The playing fields were eventually purchased, but delays meant that they were not opened until 1962.[10]

In 1957, the Council proposed erecting new classrooms and laboratories on the site of some disused air-raid shelters located within the grounds. Over the next decade, a series of new buildings were completed around the site, creating a hall, dining room, music, art and staff rooms, and a classroom block, which were completed in 1968.[11]


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.


No. 62 Southgate, Sleaford, forming part of the campus of Kesteven and Sleaford High School.

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.[12] 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 annual intake to Year 7 for Key Stage 3 is around 120, although in 2006 the number rose to 150. In 2013 there were 844 girls on the roll.[citation needed]

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[edit]

Year 11 Kesteven and Sleaford High School students visiting Sachsenhausen concentration camp during the February 2007 History trip to Berlin.

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.[13] 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.[14]

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’.[15]

The headteacher Mr C Booker, leads a staff of approximately 45 teachers


  • 1902–1909: Miss Margaret Kate Lewer[4][16]
  • 1909–1944: Miss Frances May Kirk[4]
  • 1944–1946: Miss Mary A. Barnes (acting)[4]
  • 1946–1971: Miss Helen E. Vidal[4][17]
  • 1971–1980: Miss R. A. Brooks[18]
  • 1980–1996: Mr Neville W. MacFarlane
  • 1996–2012: Mrs Alison Ross[19]
  • 2012–present: Mr Craig Booker[19]

Notable former pupils[edit]

Notable teachers[edit]



  1. ^ Pawley (1996), p. 119
  2. ^ "No. 62 Kesteven and Girls' High School, Southgate, Sleaford (HER number 64697)", Heritage Gateway. Retrieved 22 March 2015.
  3. ^ Lincolnshire Echo, 5 May 1902, p. 3, col. 5 [no title]
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "Kesteven and Sleaford High School's Jubilee", Sleaford Gazette, 9 May 1952
  5. ^ "Sleaford High School for Girls", Lincolnshire Echo, 29 January 1903, p. 3; Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire, 1919, p. 505
  6. ^ Edmonds and Venn 1977, p. 95
  7. ^ Edmonds and Venn 1977, pp. 95–96
  8. ^ Edmonds and Venn 1977, pp. 96
  9. ^ Edmonds and Venn 1977, p. 59
  10. ^ Edmonds and Venn 1977, p. 67
  11. ^ Edmonds and Venn 1977, pp. 67–68
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  16. ^ Kelly's Directory of Lincolnshire, 1905, p. 512
  17. ^ Edmonds and Venn 1977, p. 12
  18. ^ Edmonds and Venn 1977, pp. 6–7
  19. ^ a b "Deputy becomes high school head", Sleaford Target, 18 January 2012, p. 11
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  • Edmonds, Kate; Venn, Elizabeth (1977). A School Remembers: Kesteven and Sleaford High School 1902–1977 (privately printed by the school)
  • Pawley, Simon (1996). The Book of Sleaford (Baron Birch for Quotes Ltd.) ISBN 0860235599

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