Education

Spalding Academy students shine

Students at Spalding Academy School are celebrating after some excellent GCSE results. The school says that the results show improvement for the third year in a row and students continue to be above the national average. On the new vocational BTEC programme they enjoyed a 100 per cent pass rate. Top performers included Julija Bindzaite, Matthew Walker, Katie Wiliamson and Luke ...

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Holbeach principal praises pupils’ ‘outstanding performance’ in GCSEs

GCSE students collected their results at University Academy Holbeach this morning (Thursday) were met with praise from the school’s executive principal who was celebrating the school’s results. Executive Principal Steven Baragwanath said the school’s results were down to “the hard work from everyone concerned”. The year group had a 100 per cent pass rate in a number of subjects, including Biology, ...

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Grammar School delighted with “best ever” results

Top future professionals had a day to remember as Spalding Grammar School claimed its “best ever” A Level results. Students at the school particularly excelled at engineering and mathematics as the school recorded fantastic grades. They include Bradley Ivatt who earned 2 A*s and an A to book a place reading Maths at Cambridge and Will Hughes whose 4 A*s ...

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Fantastic results at Spalding High School

There was plenty of celebrations as the bright young things at Spalding High School celebrated excellent A Level results. Flori and Eliza Margaritescu picked up 3 A*, 4A and a B between them, despite the fact they’ve only been in the British education system for the last two years. After their mother moved to the country from Romania to work ...

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Great day for UAH as A-Level results improve again

University Academy Holbeach students celebrated this morning alongside teachers and staff as an increase in A-Level pass grades was once again recorded. The UAH sixth-form building was packed out this morning with pupils collecting their BTEC and A-Level results. Executive Principal Steven Baragwanath said: “I’m really pleased. I’m very pleased with the results. The pass rate’s gone up, we’ve gone ...

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A blooming great idea for centenary

Holbeach family firm Taylors Bulbs is celebrating its centenary by launching a nationwide competition to get more children planting bulbs. In October over 150 garden centres and schools will be taking part in Little Daffodils and encouraging kids to plant bulbs in their own pots and watch them flower the next spring. Taylors Bulbs are the UK’s leading supplier of ...

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Superskill Tom’s the top man

A Spalding 19-year-old has served up two awards after excelling at Peterborough College. Tom Hannam won the Excellence in Skills Award and was a finalist in the outstanding contribution to England and Maths award at the recent ceremony at Peterborough Cathedral. And it topped a busy night for the Catering and Hospitality student who was the chef serving up a ...

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Rotary buys school a life-saver

Representatives from The Rotary Club of South Holland visited The Priory School in Spalding to hand over a brand new defibrillator. The Priory School supports pupils aged 11 to 16, who have a range of needs including moderate learning difficulties, autism, SEMH and communication issues. The school has always had use of a defibrillator stationed next door to them at ...

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School celebrates being rated ‘good’ after years of being ‘inadequate’

Spalding Academy is celebrating after being rated ‘good’ in its latest ‘Ofsted’. The school had been rated ‘inadequate’ for a third time in three years at its last inspection in 2016. The most recent inspection carried out on June 4 and 5 ranked the school ‘good’ in all categories and is the first since the former Sir John Gleed School was ...

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Pupils see off the year in style

Spalding Academy Year 11s ended their GCSE year in style last week at a glitzy prom at Springfields. Last Thursday’s event saw crowds gather around the Marquee Suite for the annual tradition. And the students didn’t disappoint with their grand entrances and fantastic attire for the end of the school year celebration. A spokesman for Spalding Academy, said: “Spalding Academy ...

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New school to hold information event

An information evening on a new school for children deemed challenging or who have been excluded is being held this month. Springwell Alternative Academy Spalding was due to open at the former Post 16 Centre in Matmore Gate in September 2018. After delays it’s now open, but the current hope is for it to finally move in to Spalding from ...

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Army Cadets on hand to help semi-conscious man

Three teenagers from Long Sutton raced to help a man who had collapsed on the pavement and been found semi-conscious. Rachel Stevens, 15, Michael Ireland, 16, and Samuel Collett, 16, were walking home from training night at Long Sutton Army Cadet Force Detachment on Thursday June 12 when the drama unfolded on Bull Lane. Using the first aid skills they ...

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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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