Our Mission, Aims and Values
Educating today’s students for tomorrow’s society
We will provide a safe, stimulating, enjoyable and creative environment where all students flourish and achieve their potential
We will ensure that every student achieves their full potential by:
- Working together as a team
- Providing a balanced and appropriate curriculum
- Encouraging curiosity and enthusiasm
- Promoting independence, confidence and resilience
- Instilling a life-long love of learning
- Encouraging self-esteem and respect for others
- Ensuring our students are equipped to meet the challenges of the future
Students enjoy coming to school and value what the school offers them.
Welcome to Kesteven & Sleaford High School
I personally couldn’t be happier with the education my daughter is receiving.
Our aim is to educate every student of today to meet the challenges and opportunities of tomorrow. The highest standards are achieved here each year and it is a pleasure to see our students leave the High School as confident, well rounded young people with the world at their feet.
We pride ourselves on the academic achievements and destinations of our students; the majority go on to study at university but we support and prepare students for various post-16 routes.
We are about far more than examination success however and strongly believe in fostering personal, pastoral and extra-curricular development. The High School is big enough to provide plenty of opportunities but small enough to ensure every student’s talents are noticed and nurtured.
We hope you will discover our ethos is friendly and welcoming. We aim to inspire the young people in our care and strike a careful balance between traditional values and modern attitudes to learning within a safe, stimulating and creative environment.
Head of School
Key Stage 3
All students in Year 7 to 9 follow the National Curriculum with the pace and challenge you would expect to find in a selective school. There are lots of opportunities for students to stretch their knowledge and understanding in a supportive and creative atmosphere, whilst preparing them carefully for the rigours of Key Stage 4 study. We believe in the consolidation of excellent literacy and numeracy skills across the curriculum, in all years.
Key Stage 4
We offer a broad, well balanced curriculum. All our students study the core subjects of English Language and Literature, Mathematics, Science (double or triple award), French and/or German, History and/or Geography as well as Physical Education, Personal, Social & Health Education, and Religious Education. Girls can then choose two further subjects from over fifteen G.C.S.E. choices.
We cater for students of all ages who have a special talent or educational need. Policies on Additional Needs, admission arrangements, behavioural expectations, charging and disability provision can be found here on our website.
Links to Ofsted reports and to student achievement and attainment data can be found on-line too, or are available on request from the school.
High quality relationships between students and with their teachers contribute strongly to learning.
Listening to Our Students
Developing bright young minds means lots of active student involvement in the school. Our School Council represents students in all year groups and regular meetings, chaired by our Head Girl and her team, enable students to influence many aspects of school life.
Students are expected to play their part as a member of our school community and their views are valued on issues as diverse as staffing appointments, school catering and charity fundraising.
Pastoral Care and Transition
The High School is a welcoming and friendly place with lots of opportunities for students and staff to work together and support one another. We realise that transfer to a new school can be a daunting time and we work hard to ensure your child makes smooth transitions throughout their time with us, from primary school right through to university selection or chosen career.
As soon as you accept a place for your daughter at the school we start getting to know her. High School staff visit Year 6 pupils in their primary school to allay any fears and spread the excitement of our July welcome day. A team building Year 7 activity day is popular in September.
Students are placed in tutor groups within their year group and are members of one of our four houses. Right from the start of Year 7, house events, celebrations and competitions encourage students to take part, have fun and enjoy being part of the school community. Guidance and support is at hand whenever it’s needed: from Tutors, Heads of Year and via the student ‘buddy’ system.
Sixth Formers are also allocated a Tutor and meet as a group every day. They use this time to contribute to the leadership of school events such as assemblies and academic tutoring, as well as their own programme of post-16 support.
We hope you will share the view of visitors who often comment on the caring and welcoming atmosphere and the fact that students of all ages seem genuinely happy and involved in lessons and around the school.
The Sleaford Joint Sixth Form
As part of The Robert Carre Trust the High School is a member of The Sleaford Joint Sixth Form. This collaboration between all the secondary schools in Sleaford enables our sixth form students to access over 70 A Level or Level 3 courses across the three school sites.
As well as a rich programme of extra-curricular activities, a range of additional academic and leadership opportunities are offered, helping our sixth form students prepare for bright futures.
The majority of our sixth formers choose to enter Higher Education. The school has notable success in helping students secure places at Oxford, Cambridge and other Russell Group Universities or on highly contested apprenticeship programmes.
The range of extra-curricular and enrichment activities on offer is extensive, which students value and, consequently, there are high levels of participation.
Students at our school are eager participants in a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities, many of which lead to national accreditation and many of which are just for fun. Our clubs include Choir, Drama, Computing, Duke of Edinburgh Bronze, Silver and Gold Award, Public Speaking, Technology, STEM club, School Orchestra, and lots of sporting clubs throughout the week. Young Journalists Team, Arts Award, Debating Club and Photography Club attract many students and extend work undertaken in class. The school puts on a Drama production every year.
Learning outside the classroom is all part of the fun and our students can go skiing, practise new language skills during foreign trips, go on Duke of Edinburgh expeditions, take part in Roman and Tudor days, excel in the Maths Challenge and go on field trips. Other residential visits have included curricular trips to Europe and America as well as volunteering expeditions further afield through the Operation Wallacea and World Challenge charities.
School sports teams exist at all levels and a very competitive fixture list is followed against many of the best schools in Lincolnshire. Our teams have been successful at County, Regional and National level.
As well as timetabled music lessons, specialist instrumental teaching is available through the school. We employ peripatetic music teachers in nearly all instruments. Students have the chance to show off their musical and dramatic talents throughout the school year at concerts, school musicals and drama performances.
Careers Education and Work Experience
We also provide impartial careers education within Key Stage 3 and 4 through the Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) programme and in Key Stage 5 via a Tutorial programme. The careers library is based within the main school library and is the place where we show students how to start planning exciting futures. Special parents’ evenings are held at critical points to prepare for the next steps. Work Experience is offered to all students in Year 12.
We are thrilled with our daughter’s progress: a fantastic school. We have already recommended it to other parents.
Full details of our admissions criteria can be found here.
We welcome students from a wide geographical area which includes Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire. The main criteria being that students meet the required standard set by the Lincolnshire Consortium of Grammar Schools. Details are available from the school’s admissions team.