South Kesteven

South Kesteven

South Kesteven is a local government district in Lincolnshire, England, forming part of the traditional Kesteven division of the county. It covers Grantham, Stamford, Bourne and Market Deeping.

The district was formed on April 1, 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, from the municipal boroughs of Grantham and Stamford, along with Bourne Urban district, South Kesteven Rural District and West Kesteven Rural District.

South Kesteven borders North Kesteven to the north, South Holland to the east, the unitary authorities of Rutland and Peterborough to the south, and the county of Leicestershire to the west.

Electoral wards

South Kesteven consists of 34 electoral wards:

  • All Saints (Stamford)
  • Aveland
  • Barrowby
  • Belmont
  • Bourne East
  • Bourne West
  • Deeping St James
  • Earlesfield (Grantham)
  • Ermine
  • Forest
  • Glen Eden
  • Grantham St Johns
  • Green Hill
  • Greyfriars
  • Harrowby
  • Heath
  • Hillsides
  • Isaac Newton
  • Lincrest
  • Loveden
  • Market and West Deeping
  • Morkery
  • Peascliffe
  • Ringstone
  • Saxonwell
  • St. Annes
  • St. George's
  • St. Mary's
  • St. Wulfram's
  • Stamford St John's
  • Thurlby
  • Toller
  • Truesdale
  • Witham Valley

Link to all 56 South Kesteven district councillors

Civil parishes in South Kesteven

Local area forums

The district council organizes six Local Area Forums (formerly called Local Area Assemblies) which are designed as a medium by which county, district and town/parish councillors, together with local officials, consult the public in the relevant parts of the district.

Boundary recommendations

Local Government Commission for England report


There were 124,788 citizens in the district at the 2001 census; it is the second largest district in Lincolnshire by population after East Lindsey. However, it has the most number of people in the county aged under 19 and between 25-49. It has the most number of university-educated people in the county and the healthiest people. It has the most number of employed people in the county - 61,000. The median age of the district is 39.


South Kesteven gets the best GCSE results for districts in Lincolnshire. Similar to North Kesteven and West Lindsey, the district has a mixture of selective and comprehensive education, depending on which town you go to school in. Officially, Grantham and Bourne have selective schools and Stamford and Market Deeping have comprehensive schools. Overall, results at GCSE in Bourne and Grantham are much better than in Stamford. The situation is complicated in the south of the district because Bourne Grammar School (which gets the second best A level results for state schools in the East Midlands), can take a small proportion of pupils from Stamford and Market Deeping - essentially Bourne Grammar is the most selective school in the district (for those not living near to Bourne). For those people not wishing to take the Eleven plus, the Deepings School would offer the best education, followed by the Robert Manning College in Bourne, with both having good sixth forms. The nearby Casterton Business and Enterprise College, over in Rutland LEA, would also be a satisfactory alternative. Stamford has recently acquired a sixth form college at New College Stamford. Conversely, Bourne has no FE college for vocational subjects. In Grantham, none of the secondary modern schools have a sixth form.

The low-performing Aveland School in Billingborough confuses admissions in the district as well, because it takes most of its intake from North Kesteven (villages south of Sleaford).


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