KGGS pupils celebrate their truly ‘outstanding’ school

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STAFF and students at Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School jumped for joy this week at their ‘outstanding’ Ofsted report.

The report marked a phenomenal turnaround for the school, which was designated as a “school causing concern” by Lincolnshire County Council four years ago.

Headteacher Graham Burks, who took over in 2007, said: “It’s great news for the school. The first day of the inspection went really well but it was quite harrowing, they certainly didn’t give us an easy time. On the second day they started to see what they needed to see and it was fantastic. The girls are really excited about it as well.”

In 2007, former headteacher Lynda Poole resigned and since then Mr Burks has implemented a different management style.

He said: “It’s a completely different school now. There was quite a lot of anger in the school at that time, it was quite a dark period. I focus on the good people and shame those that haven’t been. There’s been quite a turnover of staff, there’s no question about that. The staff are delivering these day, there’s a competitiveness about them and it’s just a really happy place to be.”

The grades at GCSE and A-level back up the Ofsted report by putting the school as one of the best in the county but Mr Burks said he will not stop working to make it even better.

Ofsted reporting inspector David Martin, who gave the school 48 hours to prepare for the inspection, said: “KGGS is outstanding because it produces successful, confident, mature young women who are well equipped to succeed in the next stages of their education and lives.”

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