Education

Holbeach Primary Academy raises the standard to ‘good’

Holbeach Primary has been judged ‘good’ in its first Ofsted since becoming an academy.   The school, in Boston Road, was judged ‘requires improvement’ before it reformed as an academy in 2014.   In a letter to parents, headteacher Sue Boor, who has been at the school throughout, said: “It is particularly pleasing to have detailed in the report how ...

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Headteacher says steps already taken to address Ofsted concerns

The Donington Cowley Primary School has been told by Ofsted inspectors that it “requires improvement”. A report said personal development, behaviour and early years provision at the school were “good,” but leadership and management, quality of teaching, learning and assessment and outcomes for pupils were not up to par. Headteacher Marina Faulkner said steps have already been taken to address ...

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The small South Holland primary school pleasing Ofsted inspectors

Staff in a very small South Holland school work closely as a team and have maintained its “good” standard, inspectors have reported. A short inspection was made of Shepeau Stow Primary School and a report issued to headteacher Alison Buddle and published last week. It said: “The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last ...

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Mum’s relief at offer of special needs school place for Meredydd

An autistic lad is looking forward to the next academic year in a new school which better suits his needs. Eight-year-old Meredydd Humphreys had been struggling in mainstream education for some time but due to a dearth of special-needs school places the best which Lincolnshire County Council, the local education authority, was able to offer was private schooling in Brigg, ...

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‘Deep concern’ over future funding for schools in South Holland

Some schools in South Holland will see budgets cut by as much as 35 per cent by 2020, according to the National Union of Teachers (NUT). The Department for Education (DfE) disputes the figures and maintains funding for schools is rising in real terms, but Lincolnshire County Council and school leaders disagree. The Rev John Bennett, chairman of governors at ...

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Disruption for education and hundreds of families as primary schools close for two elections

Hundreds of families face disruption as some schools are closed for use as polling stations for upcoming county and general elections. Some Spalding primary schools will close and Holbeach Bank Primary School faces an outlay of hundreds of pounds as it makes arrangements to take pupils to alternative venues. Christine Wright, headteacher at Holbeach Bank, said she has appealed for ...

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Pinchbeck children’s nursery is ‘good’ all round

“Babies love investigating and enjoy spending time outside” and “children enjoy the company of adults and friends” at a children’s nursery in Pinchbeck, inspectors said. Little Treasures Nurseries, in Knight Street, which has 35 children on roll, was found to be “good” in all areas in its latest Ofsted report. It said babies are cared for in a warm, welcoming environment ...

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Rise in number of children offered first-choice primary school

Lincolnshire County Council says 94.3 per cent of children have been given a place at their primary school of choice through the admissions system this year. That figure is a rise on 2016. Along with the rest of the country, Lincolnshire has experienced high numbers of families wanting their children to start school in September. There are nearly 7,500 children ...

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Frustration from users as Spalding Academy suspends site lettings

A decision to suspend lettings at the Spalding Academy site has met with anger and frustration. South Lincolnshire Academies Trust, which runs the school, has given regular users of the Neville Avenue site five months’ notice to find an alternative. The trust says “a number of operational issues” have arisen since the start of the academic year which has led ...

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Willows nursery rated as ‘outstanding’ in Ofsted report

A nursery where staff work to surpass their already “excellent abilities” and children have “memorable early years,” is celebrating an ‘outstanding’ Ofsted.   Inspectors awarded The Willows Day Nursery, in Old Main Road, Fleet Hargate, the highest possible rating.   A report said: “The manager is inspirational and, over time, has nurtured a team of staff who share her drive, ...

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Valuable grants for two Spalding special schools

Two special schools in Spalding have received funding to enable important improvements to enhance pupils’ learning and recreation. The Garth School in Pinchbeck Road has received a £9,438 grant from The National Lottery Awards for All Scheme for much-needed upgrading work in the playground area and some interactive play panels for use at break times. Meanwhile, The St James’s Place ...

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Pinchbeck Kids Club improves to ‘good’ Ofsted rating

A kids’ club, with 125 children on roll, has raised standards to “good,” according to a recent Ofsted inspection. Pinchbeck Kids Club, at Pinchbeck East Primary School, had been judged “requires improvement” in 2015. A report published this month (March 2017) said: “Following the previous inspection, the manager has made good use of training available to extend the professional development of ...

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Pupils thrilled to go on Google Expedition

Pupils at St John’s Primary School in Spalding were thrilled to take a field trip via virtual reality with a visit by Google Expeditions. Students from Years 1 to 6 enjoyed 360 degree and 3D images of places aligned to their learning. A mobile phone slips into the rear of a cardboard viewing device and the teacher is able to ...

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Spalding primary school maintains Ofsted ‘good’ rating

Ofsted inspectors say Spalding’s St John’s Primary School continues to be “good”. A report, published following a short inspection on February 1, said the school had maintained its December 2012 rating. The report, to headteacher Paul Reid, said: “You have recently successfully steered the school through a turbulent time of staffing and governance change.” It added: “In 2016, pupil outcomes ...

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Mum’s anguish over suitable school places for autistic son (8)

The mother of an autistic eight-year-old boy is having to consider moving house because Lincolnshire County Council cannot find him a suitable school place anywhere near their home. Rhonwen Humphreys says Lincolnshire County Council has been trying hard but the best offer she has had for Meredydd is a place in Brigg – 67 miles away from their home in ...

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MP Hayes awarded honorary fellowship for further education work

South Holland and the Deepings MP John Hayes has been awarded an honorary fellowship by the Royal Chartered Institute For Further Education. In a ceremony at Apothecaries Hall in London, chairman of the institution, the Rt Hon The Lord Lingfield, described it as “an historic occasion” and praised Mr Hayes for his “outstanding work championing vocational training and raising the ...

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Spalding playgroup retains ‘good’ rating by Ofsted

A Spalding playgroup has received a pat on the back from education watchdog Ofsted – a second successive “good” rating. It represents another big step for 345 Playgroup, which had faced closure due to a lack of children before Georgina Twelves and business partner Brendan Moran bought it in November 2012. Georgina said: “We then worked extremely hard to raise ...

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Ofsted’s praise for improvement in South Holland schools

South Holland schools have been praised for significantly improving the quality of leadership, management and teaching. The words of approval came from Chris Russell who is the regional director for Ofsted in the East Midlands. Lincolnshire County Council had identified in 2013 that pupil outcomes in primary schools in rural areas of South Holland were too low and standards in ...

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Ofsted: Spalding Academy needs to be in special measures

Education inspectors have ruled the new Spalding Academy requires special measures after visiting just six weeks after a full leadership change at the school. An Ofsted report published on Friday (Dec 16) recognises “newly appointed leaders have drawn up plans for improvement quickly and precisely”. However, it deems little improvement has been made at the school since the previous inspection ...

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Caring Rhianna is a golden girl after national skills glory

A Spalding student has struck gold at the country’s largest skills and careers event for young people. Rhianna Berry, who is currently studying at Boston College, was awarded first place in the health and social care competition at the WorldSkills UK national finals. The competition, which was organised by Profiles4Care and sponsored by the NHS Leadership Academy, aims to find ...

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