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  • The Priory Academy LSST
    Cross O'Cliff Hill
    LN5 8PW
  • Head: Jane Hopkinson
  • T 01522 889977
  • F 01522 871300
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Lincolnshire
  • Pupils: 1,797; sixth formers: 456
  • Religion: Does not apply
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Good 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Good 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good 1
      • Personal development, behaviour and welfare Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Good 1
    • 1 Full inspection 31st October 2023
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 17th November 2010
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Pitches galore. You name it, they’ve got it. Sports choices rotated frequently so everyone can try everything. Gifted and talented spotted early on and nurtured, but not to the detriment of the less able. Children assessed every six weeks after each module and parents kept well informed. ‘My children go to school every morning knowing what it expected of them, which is excellent,’ said one parent. There is no denying the school is large. Each year group is…

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2016, Jane Hopkinson (40s). Studied maths and chemistry at UEA in Norwich. Planned to be an accountant but work experience put her off. PGCE in maths found her returning to her roots to teach in a girls’ grammar school in Grantham. Joined the academy in 2008, rising to deputy head here before headship at another school, returning here as head. Not very well known by parents but not expected to be in a school this size. ‘I deal with the head of year. The head oversees the school rather than the pupils,’ was one parent’s take on it. ‘She has a strong management team in place,’ from another. All happy with plenty of online communication from head. Quietly spoken, effective and efficient, she strikes us as a lady who will ‘get on with...

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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.

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