Spalding school on a High after winning place in UK ‘good guide’

Headmistress Michele Anderson with students and sixth-formers at Spalding High School.
Headmistress Michele Anderson with students and sixth-formers at Spalding High School.
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Spalding High School is celebrating after winning a place in the UK’s most “trusted guide” on UK education.

The school has been included in The Good Schools Guide which lists more than 1,100 state, independent, grammar, boarding, selective and non-selective schools in the UK.

Critics from the guide, which has more than 260,000 online subscribers, visited the school in the summer after senior staff were invited to be reviewed for the guide.

The review highlighted “diligent girls working hard” at the school, sporting achievement of its students, a “strong schoool council that appears to have influence”, clear disciplinary guidelines and its popularity with parents.

Headmistress Michele Anderson said: “We are very happy to have been invited to be part of the Good School Guide and feel the review reflects nicely all that is special about our school.

“Thank you to all of the parents and pupils who contributed to the process, both anonymously and during the visit.

“This really is a very special school and that is clearly reflected in all that goes on here and by the commitment and loyalty of the pupils, parents, governors and staff.”

An extract from Spalding High School’s review in the Good Schools Guide said: “Parents are positive about the headmistress who is getting her face known locally and forging links with other schools in the area.

“As expected for a selective grammar school, results are good with 42 per cent A*/A grades at GCSE and 35 per cent at A-level (69 per cent A*-B) in 2014.

“The lessons we observed showed diligent girls working hard, (with) their hands down and getting on with it.

“A strong school council that appears to have influence and cabinets stuffed full of silverware from girls playing sport to county standard or higher.

“A school in the heart of the Fenland town of Spalding that has a strong sense of community and is very much involved with it.”