Double delight for town’s high school

PROUD HEADTEACHER: Michele Anderson and her school are celebrating a listing in the UK's top state secondary schools and a brand new, gold standard award.
PROUD HEADTEACHER: Michele Anderson and her school are celebrating a listing in the UK's top state secondary schools and a brand new, gold standard award.
0
Have your say

Headteacher Michele Anderson said the school is “incredibly proud” to be listed as one of The Sunday Times’ top 200.

She said: “The high school regularly appears in the listings and this year rose to 117th, the highest ranking of any South Holland School, and the second highest in the whole of Lincolnshire.

“The Sunday Times’ definitive list of top secondary schools in the UK is ranked by exam results.

“Our A2 (A-level) students achieved a 75 per cent A*-B grade pass rate with 1 per cent of grades being A*.

“We maintain our record of 100 per cent pass rate at A2 with 85 per cent of students securing a place at their first choice university.

“This achievement and these results remain a testament to the very high standards set at the high school and to the hard work of both students and staf, supported by parents and governors.”

The Artsmark is the Arts Council’s flagship programme which enables schools to evaluate, celebrate and accredit their arts and cultural provision.

The bid was coordinated by a staff trio Elizabeth Kelleher (head of art and design), Tanwen Fisk (head of drama and theatre studies) and Lynne Loose (head of music).

In a joint statement, the department heads said: “We are so proud of the achievements of our students and wish to build on this standard to make our arts provision across the school even more inclusive and wide ranging, benefiting all of our students in a deeper way.”

Students played a key role in the application and accreditation process.

Year 9 pupil Freya Cade, who met the assessor, said: “We are really pleased as students to have received this award. The staff have worked really hard and we cannot wait to indulge in the new activities which will be available to us.”

Mrs Anderson said: “Artistic and cultural achievements are as important to the high school as academic achievements.”

She said pupils take part in classroom and extra curricular arts activities run by a committed and talented staff.