Schools

Parish School pupils rise to big workout challenge

Spalding Parish C of E Day School felt the positive results when they took up an excercise challenge set by Body Coach Joe Wicks, who was on a mission to get one million children exercising in one week. The 127 year five and six children from the Parish School, as well as the members of staff who also joined in, ...

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Exclusions down by half in Lincolnshire primary schools – but secondary school figures rise

A new strategy to tackle the rising rate of permanent exclusions in Lincolnshire’s schools has seen the number in primary schools drop by half to 24. However The Inclusive Lincolnshire Strategy – which was introduced to address the problem of a rising and unsustainable rate of permanent exclusions form Lincolnshire schools – has not been so successful in secondary schools. ...

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Pinchbeck mum is left angry after bus fare hike

A Pinchbeck mum has been left angry after a 25 per cent hike in the bus fare to send her son to school. The concerned parent, whose son travels to the Thomas Cowley High School by bus every day, says Cropley Coaches has increased fares from £2 each way to £2.50. She said: “My son has commented that this is ...

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Junior PCSOs train as good values enforcers

Primary school children across South Holland will meet once a month with a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) to tackle issues commonly concerning children. Over the summer holidays, year four pupils from 14 participating local schools completed an application form to register an interest in the scheme. PCSO Naomi Newall oversees the junior PCSOs (JPCSOs) for Holbeach and rural. “The ...

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Tears and cheers alike as big day dawns for A level students

Controversial new reforms to A levels seemed to have little impact on results in South Holland. Both Spalding Grammar School and Spalding High School students achieved good outcomes, according to headteachers. There were smiles and tears alike at Spalding schools as the big day arrived last Thursday. Two years of hard work and study culminated in that breathless and emotional ...

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End of an era as Marion retires

It was the end of an era at St Bartholomew’s Primary School when pupils broke up last week with teaching assistant Marion Christian retiring.   Marion has been at the Pinchbeck school since 1988, but has now made the difficult decision to retire after 29 years in order to spend more time with her family.   Marion has worked across ...

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Garden project turns into reality at Wygate

Pupils at a Spalding primary school have been given the chance to grow their own plants, fruit and vegetables.   Children at Wygate Park Academy, in Witham Road, have also been gifted wheelbarrows, forks and watering cans so they can look after the garden.   It has been created by housebuilder Kier Living Eastern whose employees took time out of ...

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More than 200 children at South Holland Primary Schools’ Music Festival

Scores of children from 11 schools came together for the annual South Holland Primary Schools’ Music Festival on Tuesday (June 6).   The event was hosted by Spalding Parish Church of England Day School. Vicki Twell, teacher at Holbeach’s William Stukeley Primary School and event chairman, said: “This year’s theme was film and TV and each school performed individually songs ...

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UAH is school of rock

University Academy Holbeach’s first Battle of the Bands was organised by some of its older students.   As part of their BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Music, Edward King and Austin Walker-Hyde had to organise and run a community music project. They decided to work with Year 7 pupils to develop the younger pupils’ knowledge of and skills in rock ...

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Holbeach workshop helps pupils appreciate importance of preserving heritage sites

Holbeach Cemetery Chapels trustees organised a stained glass workshop for University Academy Holbeach students.    Eight 6th form art and foundation learner pupils were led by Strawberry Glass tutors Gillian and David Wing. They learnt about the traditional skills of stained glass making, using the copper-foil method, made famous by Louis Tiffany during the early part of the 20th century. The ...

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Acclaimed conductor gets Crowland primary school pupils in fine voice

South View Community Primary School in Crowland had singing workshops with Young Voices principal conductor David Lawrence. It followed the school’s annual trip to the O2 in London to take part in the Young Voices concert. Mr Lawrence is an internationally acclaimed choral conductor who has led the London Symphony Orchestra. More than 200 children from South View’s Key Stage ...

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Spalding Academy pupils and parents upset at prom split

Spalding Academy students will not be part of the Joint Spalding Secondary Schools’ Prom this year. They will have their own prom, leaving Spalding Grammar School and Spalding High School as the only partners in the annual Year 11 event. The decision has upset some Spalding Academy pupils and parents, who claim they have not been given a reason and ...

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Out of this world visit to Holbeach school by planetarium

Pupils from the top two years at Holbeach Primary Academy were enthralled with a visit by an inflatable planetarium. Year 6 teacher Hugh Stanley said: “We look forward to seeing Mr Morton and the StarLincs Planetarium as he explains the wonders of the star system and the constellations so clearly. “This helps us so much with our science work and ...

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Schools’ composting skills scoop £300 prize

Two South Holland schools won £300 of gardening vouchers after impressing in a composting challenge. It was part of a project Anglian Water’s Keep It Clear programme has been running with Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service (LCVS) called Fat of the Land. The aim was to grow awareness of the problems caused by food waste, fats, oils and grease blocking ...

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Pincheck East Primary School Christmas fair a £5,000 success

Pinchbeck East Primary School had one of its most successful Christmas fairs – raising an amazing £5,000. Last Friday’s event, organised by The Friends of the School, took up much of the place and was extremely busy. A big fundraiser was the raffle, with about 30 great prizes including an iPad Mini. Among the many attractions were tombolas with items ...

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Primary school pupils raise the roof in annual choir competition

Hundreds of primary school pupils came together to raise the roof of St John The Baptist Church in Spalding with a very festive feel in the annual school choir competition. The event included renditions from ten schools from Spalding, Sutton Bridge, Gedney Drove End and Deeping St James. And it was the federated primary schools of Westmere at Sutton Bridge ...

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Composting skills win £300 prizes for schools

Two South Holland schools won £300 of gardening vouchers after impressing in a composting challenge. It was part of a project Anglian Water’s Keep It Clear programme has been running with Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service (LCVS) called Fat of the Land. The aim was to grow awareness of the problems caused by food waste, fats, oils and grease blocking ...

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Swinton Insurance and B&Q help out Spalding Primary School’s pupil gardeners

Spalding Primary School has benefited from a community project by Swinton Insurance. A company representative joined the Year 6 gardening club to clear the outdoor learning space and make it usable. And then he teamed up with a representative from B&Q to donate buckets, trowels, spades and gardening gloves for the young gardeners to use to maintain and improve the ...

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Reward for Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme candidates

Dozens of young people in South Holland have been rewarded for their hard work in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme. Many candidates were receiving their bronze award, five have completed the silver award and four teenagers – Spalding High School students Georgina Cantwell, Emily Crossland and Jade Rigby and Spalding Open Award Group member Sophie Roberts – have achieved ...

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Spice ‘n’ easy treat for 11+ exam pupils

Students from Ayscoughfee Hall School celebrated finishing their 11+ papers with a visit to 1498 Spice Affair restaurant in Spalding. The Year 6 pupils combined a lesson on their geography topic of India with a session making their own naan bread. Headteacher Clare Ogden said: “The children all enjoyed a delicious lunch and left understanding a lot more about Goa, ...

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