Spalding High School marks spot in UK top 250

Spalding High School students and staff have more reason to celebrate after the school was named as one of the top 250 UK state secondary schools by the Sunday Times newspaper.  Photo supplied.  ANL-161114-164211001.
Spalding High School students and staff have more reason to celebrate after the school was named as one of the top 250 UK state secondary schools by the Sunday Times newspaper. Photo supplied. ANL-161114-164211001.
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Spalding High School has earned a place amongst the top 250 state-run secondary schools in the UK, according to a new poll by a national newspaper.

The school in Stonegate, Spalding, came 194th in the list of the best-performing secondary schools published by the Sunday Times just two weeks after this year’s Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian Education Awards.

Spalding High School was named School of the Year (Secondary) at the awards, held in Spalding on Thursday, November 10, while head of art, Elizabeth Kelleher, was named Inspirational Teacher of the Year (Secondary).

The list ranked schools according to the percentage of students who achieved A* to B grades at A-level and A* or A grades at GCSE level.

Headmistress Michele Anderson said: “Spalding High School is incredibly proud to have again been listed as one of the Sunday Times’ top 200 state secondary schools in the UK.

“The results achieved by our students remain a testament to the very high standards set at the High School and to the hard work of both students and staff, in addition to the incredible support given by parents and governors.”

The results achieved by our students remain a testament to the very high standards set at the High School and to the hard work of both students and staff, in addition to the incredible support given by parents and governors

Michele Anderson, headmistress, Spalding High School

The school was ranked 164th in the same list last year when 62 per cent of students collected A* to B grades at A-level, whilst 47 per cent of GCSE grades were either A* or A.

In 2016, 61 per cent of A-level students earned A* to B grades and 45 per cent of GCSE grades were A* or A.

Chairman of governors Dr Peter Gorton said: “The governing body is delighted to hear the news that Spalding High School is listed among the best two hundred schools nationally.

“It is an achievement which everyone here shares - students, staff and the families they represent.

“All have a share in making this school the happy and successful place it is and we are proud to be part of it.”

In all, just 12 schools from Lincolnshire were included in the list and the only other one from south-east Lincolnshire was Bourne Grammar School which came 159th.

The proportion of A-level students with A* to B grades this summer was 64 per cent, with 51 per cent of GCSE grades being A* and A.

Headmaster Jonathan Maddox said: “It was another good year for us as our standing in the Sunday Times table shows, but a Bourne Grammar education is not all about academic league tables though.

“We find that by supporting the students in all they do and maintaining a pleasant and supportive atmosphere, our students go on to achieve the best results in their studies and all manner of other things as well.

“It is always pleasing to see the students’ achievements recognised in national performance tables but such things do not go to our heads.

“The school will never be complacent and all of us here continue to be absolutely dedicated to ensuring that our students receive the best education and opportunities that we are able to offer them.”

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