Education

Holbeach knife arrest school: “We are working closely with the police”

A spokesman from the trust that runs University Academy Holbeach said it would like to reassure parents, pupils and carers that it is working with police on the yesterday’s knife arrest. On Tuesday, June 4, a 13-year-old boy was arrested at the school under suspicion of possession of a bladed article. The trust spokesman said: “University Academy Holbeach is part ...

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New name for troubled school

The Peele Community College secondary school in Long Sutton is planning to start the new school year with a new name. At a meeting for parents on May 20, the school welcomed anyone with questions about the renaming, with University Academy Long Sutton set as the proposed new title for the school. In her school blog, headteacher Jane Moody said: ...

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Wait for Spalding school building goes on

A new school for pupils who have may have been excluded or deemed challenging is finally up and running, but its wait to move into its Spalding premises goes on. Springwell Alternative Academy Spalding was due to open at the former Post 16 Centre on Matmore Gate in September 2018. The school officially became up and running on April 1 ...

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Young Crowland talent wins music award

A Crowland student has won a prestigious music award after music industry bigwigs unanimously chose his song. Peterborough Regional College student William Barkhouse, who is currently studying the BTEC Level 3 90-Credit Diploma in Music, recently took part in a music competition run by Rethinkyourmind, which is a mental wellbeing charity, at Leicester College ‘s Sue Townsend Theatre. A poem ...

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Secondary school gets ‘good’ Ofsted

A Holbeach secondary school has been rated ‘good’ in its latest Ofsted report. University Academy Holbeach has been rated good in six of six areas in the latest Ofsted report, published on April 4. The school’s principal, Steve Baragwanath has been praised, along with his support team, for setting high expectations for pupils. The report said: “Leaders are capable and ...

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Half a million funding boost for arts projects

A £500,000 funding boost for the arts in South Holland and Boston has been announced. The long-running Transported programme will continue with funding from Arts Council England, which has announced the extension of six Creative People and Places schemes. Now in its seventh year, the Transported programme is a community-focused project creating more opportunities for people in the Lincolnshire area ...

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Harriet tops Boston College apprentice award

Harriet Ingamells was named Boston College’s Outstanding Apprentice of the Year in a recent ceremony to honour its apprentices. Harriet is an apprentice in ‘Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools’ with Gosberton Academy. She said: “I was very surprised to have received the ‘Outstanding Apprentice of the Year’ award. “It has helped me feel valued within my role and boosted ...

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South Holland celebrates World Book Day 2019

Book characters came to life across South Holland on Thursday March 7 as young people across the region celebrated World Book Day. Young (and some older) across the district dressed in a theme to show their appreciation of books. Many were inspired by their favourite books including Mia Holmes dressing up as Little Miss Fox and Pete Bailey monkeying around ...

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Grammar school remains ‘good’

Spalding Grammar School continues to be ‘good’ says its latest Ofsted report. The short inspection at the school was carried out on February 5 and the report published this week. “The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection,” says the report. “The progress made by pupils was exceptionally strong in mathematics, ...

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Mixed news in school’s report

A South Holland Primary School requires improvement, according to its latest Ofsted report. Pupils at St Mary’s Church of England Primary School do not make good enough progress, the inspection body say. The report, published this week, says the school requires improvements in three out of five key areas. But pupils get off to a good start in the early ...

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Star Wars and Harry Potter star opens education charity’s new premises

Film and TV star Warwick Davis has officially unveiled an education charity’s new Spalding offices. Nacro has been giving young people an alternative route for further education for the last decade. And the operation which currently has 40 students has expanded its premises at its Westlode Street premises and is now at the front of Broadgate House. Star Wars, Harry ...

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Milestone for town campus

The Spalding campus of Boston College is celebrating the milestone of its 10,000th learner. Chelsea Leggatt, who is studying Access to Policing and Criminal Justice Studies, received a voucher and certificate to mark the achievement. The Spalding campus has had eight years of providing education in the town and the number of learners has risen each year. Chelsea enrolled in ...

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Student grant fund cash still available

A fund set up to offer financial support to students from Holbeach and the surrounding area has allocated a large sum of money so far this year – but more is still available. The George Farmer Educational Foundation committee met this week to agree on the grants for the year and allocated a total of £17,500. Committee member Isobel Hutchinson ...

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Asbestos still in most schools

The vast majority of schools in South Holland have asbestos in them, it has been revealed. Just six of all 44 primary, secondary and special schools in the district are listed as not having the material in their buildings. Lincolnshire County Council insists there is no risk to people’s health from the asbestos, as it currently is in the schools. ...

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Bishop launches new syllabus at Crowland school

Pupils and staff at a South Holland school welcomed a very special visitor through the gates. The Bishop of Lincoln, the Rt Rev Christopher Lowsen visited South View School, Crowland, to launch a new syllabus. He was joined by his Chaplain, the Rev Jayson Rhodes and the Rev Charles Brown, of Crowland and the children were keen to meet their ...

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Turn a new page for Libraries Week

Book yourself and your families into Libraries Week with Spalding Library among those hosting a number of events. Libraries Week is the annual showcase of the best that UK libraries of all kinds have to offer. In 2018, with a focus on wellbeing, libraries across Lincolnshire will showcase how they bring communities together, combat loneliness, provide a space for reading and ...

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Adventure on high at students’ summer trek

Landslides and dynamite made a group of Spalding school pupils’ month-long Indian adventure a blast for the budding Indiana Joneses. Over the summer holidays, 21 Spalding Grammar School students embarked on the trip to northern India along with teachers and crew from Outlook Expeditions. Teacher Stephen Lane said the trip was two years in the making and the money for ...

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Wygate Park Academy’s expansion plans

A poor turn out to a meeting on the expansion of Wygate Park Academy is “often a sign that residents don’t have any significant concerns” Lincolnshire County Council has said. The Witham Road school is seeking to build two new classrooms so it can cope with future demand. A recent public information event was held at the school, but was ...

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Spalding High School pupils on cloud nine

A host of Spalding High School pupils were on cloud nine after amassing a host of top grades. In all 141 students achieved 1546 GCSE qualifications with almost of these at grades nine to seven, which is the equivalent of an A* to B in the old system. 100 per cent of students achieved a grade four or higher in ...

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Spalding Academy headteacher pleased with results

Spalding Academy’s headteacher believes this year’s GCSE results will be “way above average” building on last year’s showing. Mr Laurence Reilly was pleased with the showing from last Year’s 11s. Leading the way was Maria Pasinato achieved a grade nine in art while there were grade eights achieved in a range of subjects, including English language, English literature, mathematics, science, ...

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