Education

‘Delighted’ head praises Grammar School A Level pupils

The head of Spalding Grammar School has praised his A Level pupils, 60 per cent of which have at least one B grade. With COVID-19 having affected the year and leading to the cancellation of exams Mr Steven Wilkinson said he found the results “hugely pleasing”. He said: “For students and staff alike, this has been a year without precedent. ...

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‘Excellent’ results for High School pupils

Spalding High School students have been hailed for “an excellent set of results” including an increase in A grades. Over 57 per cent of pupils achieved A or B grades, the school said, “We are very proud of our Year 13 students. Despite the current circumstances, this is an excellent set of results and we arethrilled that the High School ...

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Special moments for leavers

The staff at Bicker Prep did not want the end of term to pass without a few treats. An ice cream van came to visit the school on Wednesday afternoon and every child was able to go out with their class ‘bubble’ to choose an ice-lolly from the van. Principal Mrs Page presents one of the Year 6 children with ...

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Unusual goodbye for Ayscoughfee’s leavers

“It’s not like normal, but it’s good and we’re getting Domino’s Pizza on Friday” – the final days of a primary education summed up by a Year 6 pupil at Spalding’s Ayscoughfee Hall School. Attention has been focused on giving the leavers a memorable experience. Unable to perform their usual end of term production, the children and their teacher Theresa ...

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Primary school rated ‘inadequate’

Surfleet Primary School has been rated inadequate by inspectors. It follows an Ofsted inspection held back in February, the report of which was released last week. The school was rated good at its previous inspection in April 2016 but has been told it’s inadequate in the quality of education, leadership and management and in early years provision. It was rated ...

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Schools send their messages

Yet more schools have been showcasing their video-making skills while wishing their pupils well. After we featured St Paul’s Primary School and The Garth School videos last week, more parents have shared their school’s videos. Gosberton Academy’s video. They include St John’s Primary School in Hawthorn Bank, Spalding, which has been passing toilet rolls between each other for a staff ...

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School spreads happiness

A school has helped spread a little happiness by delivering bouquets of flowers. The Lidl Neighbourly Team donated six pallets of flowers to Spalding Parish C of E Day School. They were delivered by local man Dave Leworthy and his son, just in time for all of the Year Six pupils to take a bucket of flowers home for Mother’s ...

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Pupils get tips on staying safe

Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership popped into St Paul’s Community Primary School in Spalding last month to discuss safety. Year Four and Five pupils took part in workshops on the importance of staying safe in a car and wearing cycle helmets when on a bicycle. Seatbelts were the focus for Year Four and their session ended working out whether they were ...

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Spalding special school is ‘outstanding’ across the board

A Spalding school that caters for those with specialist needs has been rated ‘outstanding’ in every category by Ofsted inspectors. The Priory School, which caters for pupils aged 11 to 16, who have a range of needs including Moderate Learning Difficulties, Autism, SEMH and communication issues, has been upgraded from ‘good’ in March 2019. Ofsted were full of praise for ...

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Schools closed from Friday

All schools are to be closed from Friday ‘until further notice’ the government has announced this evening, Thursday. Health secretary Matt Hancock told the Commons that the government expects that all six forms, further colleges and pre-schools are urged to do the same. Primer minister Boris Johnson said: “Looking at the curve of the diseaes we feel we must provide ...

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Ground breakers start phase two

Ground was broken and main construction began on the University of Lincoln’s agri-food research and development facility at the new Food Enterprise Zone (FEZ) in Holbeach on Monday. The milestone represents the next phase of construction following the ground works which began in summer last year, with completion of the building due early next year. Prof Val Braybrooks, Dean of ...

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School to ‘partly close’ due to staffing issues

The Garth School in Spalding is to ‘partly close’ from tomorrow (Wednesday) for the rest of the week due to staffing issues as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak. A statement on the Spalding Special Schools Federation’s Facebook page, states: “The Garth School is partly closed from the 18 to 20 March inclusive. “Due to the COVID19 outbreak, staffing levels ...

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Spalding secondary school rated ‘outstanding’

A Spalding secondary school has been rated ‘outstanding’ in its latest Ofsted inspection. Spalding High School headteacher Michele Anderson said the school is one of the first mainstream schools in the country to achieve the top rating under the new Education Inspection Framework, which she said is “far more rigorous than the previous system, especially the Quality of Education judgement.” ...

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Green Tree award for school

Staff and pupils at Bicker Prep School have been delighted to be awarded a platinum level Green Tree award for their work with the environment. Activities carried out by the children include a wildlife photography competition which was judged by local wildlife photographer Dean Eades and as part of the ‘wild trails’ element of the award, Year Three and Four ...

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Excellence in maths and English

Spalding Grammar School have been taking on pupils at a national level in maths and poetry. Three of their students were ranked in the top two per cent of Year 12 and 13 students who took part in the annual Senior Mathematics Challenge run by the UK Mathematics Trust. That led to qualification for the Senior Kangaroo invite-only national finals ...

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Academy status for St Paul’s

The head of a Spalding school that was rated ‘inadequate’ in its latest Ofsted report has spoken of its ‘bright future’’ after becoming an academy. St Paul’s Community Primary and Nursery School is the 12th school to join the Community Inclusive Trust (CIT Academies) after the move became official on February 1. The Priory and The Garth schools are also ...

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Raising thousands for school

Fundraising by Spalding Grammar School’s Parents and Friends Association (PFA) over the last seven years has topped £100,000. That’s helped purchased almost £30,000 of equipment for the school including tennis tables, improved sound systems, weather analysis instruments and a 3D printer The PFA, which has 12 members on its committee, comes together with the headmaster, school staff and pupils. Through ...

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A heart-warming gesture

Spalding Academy have made a heart-warming gesture to help young people who may be the same age as themselves. Following a collection at the school they’ve donated two bags full of clothes for the Coats for Kids initiative. The charity has been set up to help provide coats to young people who might otherwise not be able to afford one ...

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Baby Eva is fourth generation for school

Spalding’s Ayscoughfee Hall School has taken the first registration of the new decade with ex-pupil and current Teaching Assistant, Tori Grundy and her partner, Danny, registering their new daughter, Eva Rose, within a day of the primary school returning after the Christmas break. Eva, born on December 21, joins several other new babies already registered during the centenary celebrations of ...

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Special schools get ready for merger

Ahead of their proposed 2022 merger, two Spalding Special Schools have announced interim heads who will oversee the process. The Garth and The Priory schools are set to become one school for all ages and all needs from January of that year. The previous Executive Headteacher for both, Daran Bland, is now on a two-year secondment with the Spalding Specials ...

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