Education

Quality award shows college is a success

Boston College, which runs some of its courses from Spalding’s Red Lion Quarter, has been judged to be meeting expected standards. The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) reviewed the college in May and judged that its academic standards, the quality and enhancement of its student learning opportunities, and the quality of information about its learning opportunities all meet ...

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‘Confident’ Lincolnshire schools will be ready to provide free hot meals

Schools in South Holland should all be ready to offer free meals to children from September. At the start of the new year, all schools will be obligated to offer free school dinners to all pupils in reception and years one and two as part of a Government project. The scheme is aimed at ensuring all children receive at least ...

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Pupils of Spalding special schools receive Walk Tall awards

It was a busy end to the school year for Spalding Lions when they visited the town’s Garth and Priory schools. Lions Eileen Robson and Denise Walker went along to the schools to present two very surprised students with the Spalding Lions’ Walk Tall Award. This award is given in recognition of working in circumstances that require “true grit” – ...

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New £2.5million Spalding primary school at Wygate Park on course for September opening

Spalding’s new primary school is on schedule to open at the start of the next academic year. Wygate Park Academy, which is part of The Boston Witham Academies Federation, is being built by Holbeach firm Langwith Construction under a £2.5m contract. Lincolnshire County Council says completion and handover is due to take place on Friday, August 22. Langwith Construction managing ...

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Pyjama party in Pinchbeck to fund Tanzania trip

It will still be daylight when many people in Pinchbeck are in their pyjamas on Friday (June 27). Rhiannon Saunders is holding a pyjama party at the village hall to fundraise for her Sir John Gleed School trip to Tanzania next July. Pupils will help Africans as they build schools. People of all ages will be welcome at the party (7pm-9pm). ...

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Neighbours’ anger after hearing of Spalding Primary School’s outdoor plan

Spalding Primary School has reassured neighbours that they will have a chance for input after its hope for an all-weather sports pitch and outdoor classroom met opposition. Some residents are angry at no consultation to date. Already annoyed about ongoing parking issues at the Woolram Wygate school, they claim they only learned about the pitch and classroom proposal from last ...

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Princess Beatrice officially opens £9million academy extension in Holbeach

Royal visitor HRH Princess Beatrice of York has officially opened a new £9million facility at the University Academy Holbeach. Princess Beatrice visited the academy to see the new building, which offers a modern learning environment for pupils and provides 3,500 sq m of additional teaching space. The new building, which includes the Academy’s first purpose-built sports hall, specialist Design and Technology and ...

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‘Challenge’ to provide free school meals

South Holland primary schools are “on track” to provide thousands of pupils with free school meals from September. From the start of the new school year all youngsters in their first three years of primary school will be entitled to free dinners under a new Government scheme. Lincolnshire County Council has welcomed the move to ensure all children get a ...

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Classroom plans at two primary schools

Two Spalding primary schools are hoping to expand to meet the need for extra places. Pinchbeck East Primary School has been granted planning permission for a two classroom extension, while plans for two more permanent classrooms at Spalding Primary School have also been submitted. The classrooms are in addition to a new primary academy due to open on Spalding’s Wygate ...

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Children to help shape services

Lincolnshire County Council wants parents, carers, children and young people to help shape and improve future services and provision for special educational needs and disability (SEND). New Government legislation sets a number of significant changes to children with SEND from September 2014, covering all aspects of a child/young person’s journey from early years through to transition into adulthood. Key elements ...

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‘Nothing in way of school’s success’

Parents of pupils at a troubled Spalding school have been told “there is nothing standing in the way of success”. The note of optimism has been sounded by the new executive principal of Sir John Gleed School. Chris Mallaband has been appointed to the role by the academy’s sponsor CfBT in an attempt to strengthen the senior management team following ...

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Holbeach food centre helps develop well trained staff for industry

A food manufacturing centre in Holbeach has been praised for meeting the needs of businesses by provided tailored training to staff. As part of the University of Lincoln’s Holbeach campus, the National Centre for Food Manufacturing is a key training resource for food manufacturing businesses. Following an inspection of Food Apprenticeships and English Language courses at the centre, education watchdog ...

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Spalding day nursery is ‘outstanding’, say government inspectors

Just seven months after opening, a Spalding day nursery has scored top marks with government inspectors. Ofsted pointed to the quality management, strong partnership with parents and children’s happiness in rating Little Oaks Childcare “outstanding”. Delighted manager Jen Holmes said: “We are so pleased. “The team at Little Oaks have put in a huge amount of effort, and worked incredibly ...

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It’s all Greek for young students in Spalding

Pupils at Ayscoughfee Hall School in Spalding have been learning about all things Greek during a special day. The children all got dressed up in traditional Greek clothing including togas and head-dresses and set about making shields, spears and clay pots.

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Steps in right direction for failing school

A struggling secondary school has been told it can take on four new teachers to help lift it out of special measures. The Sir John Gleed School was placed in special measures a year ago amid fears of bullying, bad behaviour and poor teaching. A report published last week by education watchdog Ofsted said a third inspection visit carried out ...

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Spalding primary club extends breakfast club provision

A Spalding primary school has launched a breakfast club for its youngest students. Monkshouse Primary School already has a breakfast drop-in session established for Key Stage 2 pupils and has now extended the provision. Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 youngsters can enjoy cereals, toast and drinks during the 8am-8.45am session. Cost is £2 per day and children can be ...

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Kids’ club future hangs on mobile decision

A village primary school is hoping it will be allowed to keep a mobile classroom it uses for a breakfast and after-school club. Pinchbeck East Primary School has a bespoke mobile building in its grounds which provides care for pupils before school begins and at the end of the day. But planning permission for the building, known as the Millennium ...

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Teachers vote to strike over pay

Schools across South Holland may be forced to close if a day of planned strike action by teachers is not called off. The National Union of Teachers’ conference has voted for a strike that could close schools in the week beginning June 23. The union’s conference in Brighton has also decided to consult teachers on further action in the autumn ...

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Plan for mobile at school for toddlers

A new mobile classroom could be lifted into place at a primary school to help meet demand for places for under twos. A planning application has been submitted by Lincolnshire County Council for the extension of Sunbeams Playgroup, based at Westmere Primary School, Sutton Bridge. A decision was due to be made by South Holland District Council and if granted ...

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Skilled workers needed to meet future construction

More young people need to be attracted to jobs in the construction industry to fulfil plans for 80,000 new homes in Lincolnshire within the next decade. It is feared that today’s students do not see the building sector as “first choice” when considering future career options and parents can discourage them further because they see it as an “unstable” industry ...

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