Schools

Damning Ofsted report of Long Sutton school

Peele Community College in Long Sutton has been rated ‘inadequate’ in six out of six categories in a recent Ofsted inspection – but has set out a statement of intent to improve. The school released a statement saying it is “disappointed” by its recent ‘inadequate’ Ofsted rating but is “confident the school can build on its strengths” to move out ...

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Spalding Special school remains ‘outstanding’

A Spalding special school has retained its ‘outstanding’ status following a short Ofsted inspection last month. The Garth School on Pinchbeck Road was judged outstanding in June 2015 and after the February’s visit, retains its status. The Ofsted report praised many areas of the school, including the high level of care pupils receive and the school’s governance as a whole. ...

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Learn like an Egyptian at St John’s

It’s been a busy month for Years Two and Three and St John the Baptist C of E Primary School in Spalding with The Great Fire of London and the Egyptians on their agendas. Year Two have been studying the 1666 fire and shared everything they had learned in a presentation to parents. They were also treated to a visit ...

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Broadband boost for three South Holland primary schools

Three South Holland primary schools will get high speed gigabit-capable broadband. Fleet Wood Lane Primary School in Fleet, Whaplode Primary and Quadring Cowley are three of more than 100 rural schools that will get the fast connections as part of a £3m government pilot programme. Minister for Digital, Margot James said: “As well as making a dramatic difference for students ...

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Spalding Students build up reputation

A group of young engineers from Spalding Grammar School have been helping make a professional business more efficient. For the last three years the school has been in partnership with bulk materials handling firm Guttridge as part of the Engineering Education Scheme. Last year’s Year 12 students took on the challenge of re-creating one of Guttridge’s threshing machines but with ...

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Where was Spalding school time capsule buried?

Do you know where a time capsule was buried on a soon to be demolished school? Kevin Scott and his friends dating back from the Goodfellows School are sure one was put into the ground in the mid 1970s, but none of them are sure where. The Spalding Common, building, which has stood since 1871, is due to be demolished ...

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Happy Chinese New Year meal

Kung Hei Fat Choi! A Spalding school celebrated Chinese New Year in style with a day of events. Pupils at The Garth School at Pinchbeck Road saw in the Year of the Pig with a range of stimulating and varied educational experiences and activities. Highlights included Chinese cooking, tasting and investigating Chinese foods, tactile and sensory exploration of cultural artefacts ...

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Spalding school’s gold award for special citizens

The Priory School has been awarded Gold Championship School status for its involvement in the National Citizen Service programme (NCS). During the summer term of 2018, 16 Priory School pupils took part in a bespoke NCS programme and through this developed their independence, problem solving and entrepreneurial skills, boosting their CVs in preparation for finding employment. Pupils took part in ...

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Holbeach school hopes to build new block

A Holbeach secondary school has submitted plans in the hope of building new classrooms. University Academy Holbeach has submitted a planning application to build a new 16 classroom block that it hopes will meet a request from Lincolnshire County Council to increase its intake of Year 7 students from September 2020. A Design and Access statement says the request has ...

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Special achievement win for Gosberton House school choir

A cash award has been delivered to a school choir who got a Special Achievement nod at the recent School Choir Competition. Coun Jan Whitbourn visited Gosberton House School this week to hand over the award, which will be put towards buying the school a microphone. The school’s choir teacher, Amy Machin, said: “We are very proud of our school ...

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Christmas cheer at Spalding children’s choir competition

The heartwarming sound of children singing filled a Spalding church during its annual choir competition. On Friday, November 30, St Mary’s and St Nicolas Church hosted the Christmas School Choir Competition and 11 schools took part singing Christmas songs. With t-shirts that spelled out a festive message from the school, St Paul’s Community Primary School took the top spot, leaving ...

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Posh’s Peter Burrow hops across the county border to visit children in Spalding and Cowbit

Peter Burrow, the big rabbit mascot of Peterborough United football club, aka Posh, stopped off at schools in Cowbit and Spalding as part of the The Peterborough United Schools Initiative. All of the pupils at the school received a free ticket to watch the football team play. and another ticket to take along a parent or carer. Press Officer Phil ...

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Spalding Children’s Centre gets ship shape

Spalding Children’s Centre has unveiled its latest treasure – a new pirate ship bought by a parents group. The Friends of the Spalding Children’s Centre has purchased the new outdoor play activity after several fund-raising events. It was officially unveiled and is to be named HMS Gail after Gail Tolson who is leaving after five years working at the Bank’s ...

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Crowland children take grandparents to school

Grandparents were invited into a Crowland primary school last week for a special breakfast. To celebrate National Grandparents Day, South View Community Primary School invited the children to bring in their slightly older relatives for a scrumptious early meal on Thurday and Friday, October 4 and 5. Headteacher Mrs Joanne Tomlins said: “We have so many dedicated grandparents who not ...

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Temporary home for new Spalding school

Staff have been recruited by a new academy which was to open in September, but has been delayed. The Springwell Academy Trust was aiming to open a centre in Spalding for pupils excluded from elsewhere. The former post-16 centre at Matmore Gate is being converted to accommodate the students. But delays by the Department of Education mean students are being ...

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School’s slice of the Macmillan Coffee morning action

There was cake with a cherry on top for pupils and friends on Spalding Parish Church of England Day School. The annual Macmillan Coffee fundraiser was held at the venue. Staff, parents and children demonstrated their Bake-Off skills to produce a fantastic spread of cakes and biscuits. Year Six pupils, Harley and Tom, worked hard to make sure that everyone ...

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Numbers add up for Spalding school

The Priory School in Spalding has received a boost towards getting a new all-weather sports pitch thanks to accountancy firm Moore Thompson. The company chose the Neville Avenue school for those with special education needs as its charity of the year. Colleagues took on a host of events including a sponsored abseil down the Orbit Tower at the Olympic Park, ...

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Vote for youngsters to visit Birchgrove Santa

South Holland schools and nurseries can take part in a special competition to win tickets for a festive fun event. The team at Birchgrove Garden Centre is planning an online poll to pick a group to meet Santa. Local schools and nurseries could win 20 free tickets for youngsters to enjoy the Santa’s Grotto on Wednesday, November 28. The visit ...

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Pride as University Academy Holbeach GCSE grades continue to improve

The principle of University Academy Holbeach has praised his school’s pupils and listed a host of subjects that have this year seen improvement. Stood on the first floor stairwell and proudly overlooking the pupils opening their results, principle Steve Baragwanath said: “I’m very proud and very pleased with all the kids. “We’ve got some 8s and 9s, I’m pleased with ...

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‘Outstanding’ GCSE success at Spalding Grammar School

The headmaster of Spalding Grammar School has called its pupils’ achievements in GCSE exams “outstanding”, with nearly a quarter of all grades at the highest level. In a statement about this morning’s results, headmaster Mr Wilkinson said: “The school has enjoyed outstanding results this year. “Nearly a quarter of all grades were at the highest level (A* or 8/9) with ...

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