Education

Trade unions in talks over teacher unrest at Spalding’s Sir John Gleed School

Unrest among some staff at Spalding’s Sir John Gleed School has been the focus of trade unions talks in recent days. Representatives of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and The Teachers’ Union (NASUWT) have been working to resolve issues. The school, which has been in special measures since April 2013, declined to elaborate much. However, a statement issued by ...

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Red carpet rolled out for ‘Oscars’ night at Spalding primary school

Pupils at Spalding’s Monkshouse Primary School held a red carpet event to premiere their very own short film. Year Four pupils worked with specialist firm Enrich for a number of weeks to create the film and did all their own camera and sound work, learned about editing and special effects, wrote scripts and acted. Headteacher Sue Goodsell said: “We decided to ...

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Children need skills to fill Lincolnshire job market gaps

Primary school children could be encouraged to decide what career they want when they grow up in a bid to provide the skills needed to fill jobs in Lincolnshire. It is believed that around 200,000 people would be needed between 2014 and 2022 to fill vacancies to grow the county’s economy. This could include up to 182,000 new jobs in ...

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Pinchbeck primary school set to grow to meet demand for places

More building work could be on the cards at a village primary school to keep pace with demand for places. Pinchbeck East Primary School opened two new classrooms at the end of the last school year, but parents are now being asked their views on plans to expand further so the school has space for a permanent intake of 60 ...

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Options explored over ‘too few’ future primary school places in Spalding

Options are being looked at to cope with the increasing demand for primary school places in Spalding. Lincolnshire County Council is already consulting on expanding Monkshouse Primary School’s published admission number by a third, from 315 to 420. But the local authority says that measure in itself will not be enough to address the town’s expanding population of four to ...

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Spalding student Ellie (18) features in nationwide National Citizen Service advert

A Spalding teenager is appearing on advertising billboards across the country to promote National Citizen Service (NCS). Ellie Harrison was invited to take part in the campaign, entitled Our Future, as a result of her transformation in confidence following a social action project on the NCS programme. She helped residents and staff at care home Southfields House in Woolram Wygate, ...

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Cheers!…£25,000 conversion of pub to day nursery

A gap in the market for a day nursery in the Holbeach Drove area has led to the £25,000 conversion of a former pub. Paula Somers, who has eight years’ experience as a childminder, and brother-in-law Mark Dale teamed up to launch Giggles Galore this month. It follows an extensive refurbishment of The Golden Ball in Main Road. Mark said: ...

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Good record for Lincolnshire’s schools

More than 85 per cent of primary aged children in Lincolnshire and over 75 per cent of secondary children attend a good or outstanding school. The figures have been revealed in the annual report by Ofsted, which has carried out almost 6,500 inspections at more than 21,000 schools across England and Wales in 2013/14. Nationally, 82 per cent of primary ...

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Village primary school edges closer to ‘outstanding’ rating

The primary school in West Pinchbeck has just four issues to address before it might be rated outstanding by education inspectors. OFSTED says St Bartholomew’s has moved on even more since its previous “good” rating, which it was given again. Headteacher Michelle Parker was praised in the report for her “relentless drive” towards raising expectations of pupils’ learning and achievement. ...

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Mark of approval for Holbeach school’s English and geography departments

The English and geography departments at University Academy Holbeach have received a stamp of approval. They have been issued with the Prince’s Teaching Institute (PTI) Mark. To become members of the PTI’s Schools Programme, departments must demonstrate their commitment to increasing teachers’ subject knowledge, and to furthering their students’ understanding of and enthusiasm for the subject, regardless of their background ...

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Mollie (19): ‘I was a nuisance at school. Now I’m an actual drama queen’

Mollie Street is the first to admit she was a real pain to teachers at school, and got little out of it. Yet, three years on, she can look to 2015 with optimism after a big change of attitude. Immediately after picking up a pretty poor set of GCSE results from Spalding’s Sir John Gleed School, she walked in tears ...

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Lorien crowned Spalding Rotary Young Chef of the Year 2014

Spalding High School student Lorien Partridge saw off the competition to be named Spalding and Welland Rotary Club’s Young Chef of the Year. Lorien beat 13 other cooks to the award to become The Spalding Rotary Young Chef in the annual competition. Ella Beecham, of Sir John Gleed School, Spalding, came in second, while fellow schoolmate Millie Gent came third. ...

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Primary school’s university scheme is inspiring pupils

A Holbeach primary school running a scheme to inspire career paths and provide new opportunities had a visit from The Voice. News editor Nigel Chapman was invited to speak to William Stukeley pupils. It was part of the school’s weekly Stukeley University scheme. Every Friday pupils get involved in themed activities and can decide which seminars to attend. Those that ...

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Process starts to choose a primary school

Parents with children starting primary or junior school next September can apply for places from Monday. Information packs are available from primary schools from Monday and parents need to apply online by the deadline of January 15. Applications can be made online at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/schooladmissions. Last year, 98 per cent of parents applied for a school place online, making it the ...

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Education watchdog rates Long Sutton pre-school as ‘good’

Children are being offered a good start in life thanks to a Long Sutton pre-school. Cinder Ash pre-school has been praised by education watchdog Ofsted for providing a stimulating environment which enables children to become active and independent learners. Inspectors who visited the pre-school in September rated Cinder Ash “good” across the board and said all that was standing between ...

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School offers ‘good deal’ to pupils

Parents can be assured children at a Spalding primary school are now getting a “good deal” after it received its first “good” Ofsted grading. The headteacher and governors at Spalding Parish Day School have welcomed the report by inspectors and said the school will now build on its solid foundations and continue on its journey to becoming outstanding. Pupils’ good ...

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Mud kitchen and new additions to nature area at Spalding primary school

Pupils at Spalding’s St John the Baptist Primary School received two fantastic surprises, thanks to the Friends of School. The nature area, in which lots of work is being done to create an outdoor learning environment, now has crafted treehouses, mini rope bridges and a beehive all to inspire the children’s imaginations and creativity in their play and academic work. ...

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County council wants to increase Spalding primary school roll by third

A primary school is looking at increasing its roll by a third to cope with rising demand for places in Spalding. If the plan goes ahead, Monkshouse Primary School would increase from a capacity of 315 pupils to 420. The local education authority is responsible for ensuring there are enough school places available and Lincolnshire County Council believes Monkshouse needs ...

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Nasal spray flu vaccine coming to South Holland pupils

The nasal spray flu vaccination being piloted in Lincolnshire schools comes to South Holland next week. The NHS says Sir John Gleed School in Spalding is the first port of call on Tuesday (Oct 14). The programme will visit all secondary schools before November 25. Only pupils in years 7 and 8 will be offered the free vaccination.

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Post-16 education sites’ closer links to counteract cuts

Schools and colleges may have to form closer links to ensure funding cuts do not affect the variety of courses on offer for students after 16. It is feared smaller sixth forms across Lincolnshire could be left floundering by funding cuts which could see £2.8million wiped off education budgets this year and a further £1.2million next year. Lincolnshire County Council ...

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