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Headmistress of Spalding High School 'over the moon' after letter from School Standards Minister confirming its status 'amongst the top nine per cent of state-funded mainstream schools'




Spalding High School's status as one of the top-performing secondary schools in the country has been officially recognised by the Government.

The school has been congratulated on its students' academic progress from Year 6 to Year 11, known as Progress 8 scores, in a letter from School Standards Minister Nick Gibb MP.

Headmistress Michele Anderson described herself as "over the moon" after Mr Gibb confirmed that Spalding High School was amongst the "top nine per cent of state-funded mainstream schools" for students' progress.

Michele Anderson, headmistress of Spalding High School. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG101116-213TW.
Michele Anderson, headmistress of Spalding High School. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG101116-213TW.

Mr Gibb also revealed that the school was among the top two per cent of "all state-funded, mainstream secondary schools in the country for EBacc (English Baccalaureate) subjects which include English language and literature, maths, sciences, geography, history and a modern language.

Mrs Anderson said: "We're absolutely over the moon to have received the letter from Nick Gibb.

"It was wonderful to see such a lovely letter from the Department for Education and it's been shared with the staff, governors, students and parents from whom we've received some very positive feedback.

"It validates all of the incredibly hard work that's done by the students and staff, with the support from parents.

"These sorts of progress results aren't easily achieved because they measure how much, as a school, we've added to the quality of our students' education and how much work they have put in.

"This school is very special and we've promoted that within our community."

Spalding High School students have been praised by Education Minister Nick Gibb for their progress from Key Stages 2 to 4. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG-101018-023TW
Spalding High School students have been praised by Education Minister Nick Gibb for their progress from Key Stages 2 to 4. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG-101018-023TW

Chairman of governors, Dr Peter Gorton, said: "Our students consistently perform very well and they have demonstrated high academic achievement over a number of years now.

"What is less easy to demonstrate is the level of charm, courtesy and determination we see in our students every day and we are very proud of them all."

In his letter, Mr Gibb said: "EBacc subjects provide a sound basis for careers beyond the age of 16 and can also enrich pupils' studies, giving them a broad general knowledge that will enable them to participate in and contribute to society."

Bourne Grammar School was also congratulated by Mr Gibb after its Progress 8 score put it in the top eight per cent of state-funded schools.

In addition, its EBacc results in 2018 meant Bourne Grammar School was amongst the top five per cent of state-funded secondary schools in England.

. Two other schools in the Lincolnshire Free Press area were fortunate enough to receive letters jointly signed by Mr Gibb and Education Secretary Damian Hinds MP.

Kirton and Quadring Cowley and Brown's Primary Schools were both congratulated for their pupils' progress in reading, writing and maths between Key Stages 1 and 2, putting both schools amongst the top three per cent of primary schools in England.



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