Education

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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Support for fresh bid to open bilingual school in Spalding

A proposed Spalding free school hoping to open next year would teach its young pupils Spanish to a conversational level. Invicta Group is a new proposer aiming to reignite the previous application for a bilingual school in Spalding, which was withdrawn last year by The Phoenix Family of Schools Trust (PFOS). Invicta says it has already had an expression of ...

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Appeal for help to grow good vibes at school

Businesses and the community are being urged to get involved with a project to transform an overgrown patch of land into a haven for school pupils. The Friends of Sir John Gleed School is the driving force behind the project to clear the area of wasteland and then revitalise it with new planting and seating areas. It is hoped pupils ...

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School’s car park refurbished

Refurbishment of the car park at Spalding Grammar School is complete. The car park had deteriorated over the past few years and it was felt that something needed to be done to enhance the external appeal to compliment the school’s academic reputation. The school received a grant from the Academies Capital Maintenance Fund for the work. A spokesman for the ...

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All secondary school pupils in South Holland to be offered nasal spray flu vaccine

Every secondary school pupil in South Holland and some of primary age are to be offered a free flu immunisation by nasal spray this autumn. Lincolnshire is one of 12 areas to run the pilot programme nationally. Across England 700,000 schoolchildren will be offered the vaccine. Nurses from Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust will visit every secondary school in ...

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Retiring Spalding headteacher ‘leaving school in very capable hands’

After ten years at the helm, Spalding Grammar School headteacher Nigel Ryan has announced that he is stepping down. He will be retiring at the end of the academic year to spend more time travelling with wife Elaine. Mr Ryan said: “The Grammar School has a long standing tradition of developing well rounded, considerate young adults who are ready to ...

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University Academy Holbeach pupils help county keep up good GCSE record

Despite warnings of a national dip in performance levels from the government’s qualifications watchdog, OfQUAL, GCSE results in Lincolnshire have held up this year. Sixty per cent of students achieved five A* to C grades including English and maths. A total 14 schools achieved in excess of 90 per cent achieving this standard. In Lincolnshire’s grammar schools, 49.5 per cent ...

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Headteacher’s delight as Spalding Grammar School students excel at A-Levels

Students and staff at Spalding Grammar School are celebrating some outstanding A-level results. Headteacher Nigel Ryan said all students, their families and staff can be justly proud of their A-level achievements. He added: “This year group have had the added challenge of not being able to sit any A-level module examinations in January, so it is particularly pleasing to see ...

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