Spalding High School, Lincolnshire
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|Motto||Lampada Vitae Tradimus
Hand on the Lamp of Life
|Type||Community grammar school|
|DfE URN||120642 Tables|
Location and admissions
Spalding High School, situated on Stonegate, Spalding, halfway between the Welland (and B1173) and the Coronation Channel to the east. The rear of the school, to the east, backs onto Exeter Drain and both of the Gleed schools (boys' and girls') playing fields. There are no coeducational secondary schools in Spalding. The school also accepts some girls from Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and Norfolk.
SHS admits pupils aged 11–18, all of whom are required to pass an 11+ exam. There are approximately 1,000 staff and students at the school. The headmistress is Michele Anderson.
The school opened in 1920, originally at Ayscoughfee Hall School, then moved to its current site in the late 1950s. There are a number of watercolours of the original site in the school's collection, as well as all full school photos (taken once every five years) dating back to the school's early days. The library keeps an archive of photos, programmes and other memorabilia.
In a typical year group at SHS there are five forms of approximately 30 pupils. Each form is a member of a house. There are five houses, each named after famous women of historic importance:
- Curie - after Marie Curie (physicist)
- Johnson - after Amy Johnson (aviator)
- Nightingale - after Florence Nightingale (medicine)
- Pankhurst - after Emmeline Pankhurst (women's rights)
- Sharman - after Helen Sharman (astronaut)
Notable former pupils
- Christine Russell (1956–63) - Labour MP 1997-2010 for City of Chester, who unseated Gyles Brandreth in 1997.
Notable former teachers
- Jenny Randerson, Baroness Randerson (1972-4 history) - Life peer, former education spokesperson for LibDems in the Welsh Assembly.
- Spalding Grammar School - a school for boys, but accepts girls into the sixth form.