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  • Spalding High School
    PE11 2PJ
  • Head: Mrs Michele Anderson
  • T 01775 722110
  • F 01775 719724
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A state school for girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Lincolnshire
  • Pupils: 955; sixth formers: 206 (13 boys)
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Good 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Personal development, behaviour and welfare Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 29th November 2023
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 10th June 2009
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

We were greeted with smiles from the girls running a cake stall in reception for charity – yet more cake. The main building has lots of bright airy spaces. Large windows letting in lots of light. Tech block very well equipped with lots of girls’ work on display. They have a lathe, laser and 3D printers, quite unusual for a girls’ school – no sexism here, hurrah. Plenty of outside spaces for al fresco dining dotted around the school. Just as well, as according to one mother: ‘There just isn’t enough room in the dining room...'

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What the school says...

Spalding High School sixth form offers a caring, purposeful atmosphere with excellent teaching and specialist facilities. Each individual is valued and given opportunities to aim high, develop their talents, grow in confidence and to take on leadership roles within the sixth form and the wider school. Our students respond by achieving consistently high examination results and the vast majority move into their first choice university course or employment sector. We invite applications from students who wish to become part of this vibrant, welcoming community and who will gain most from the challenges and opportunities that it offers. 11+ entrance examinations consist of: 1 VR test & 1 NVR test ...Read more

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School associations

State grammar school

What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2014, Michele Anderson (40s). BEd in home economics from University of the South Bank in London, but has always taught geography. Her first headship. A Londoner who previously taught at selective and non-selective schools in south London and Kent, new to Lincolnshire. ‘I was looking for a headship but was very particular about the school I wanted. As soon as I walked through the door here I knew, as "the feel" was just right,’ she says. Finding her feet with plans for ‘fine tuning and funding.’ Parents are positive about the new incumbent. ‘She’s fantastic; she knows exactly what she wants and where she wants to take the school,’ said one enthusiastic mother. ‘I like her and she has integrated herself well, getting to know everyone,’ said another. Getting her face known locally...

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Who came from where

Who goes where

Special Education Needs

Spalding High School takes its Special Educational Needs provision very seriously; we are committed to enabling all pupils to flourish in our purposeful, disciplined and successful atmosphere. As a selective grammar school, academic achievement is of the utmost importance, and we shall do all we can to encourage every pupil to fulfil his/her true potential.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

Interpreting catchment maps

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Further reading

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Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

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