Education

Town library gets new home

Spalding library will move to a new location in town. The library is set to vacate its two-storey Victoria Street location and relocate to the town’s Red Lion Quarter. An agenda item for the July 24 Lincolnshire County Council Public Protection and Communities Scrutiny Committee states: “Preparation is now underway for GLL [Greenwich Leisure Ltd] to move provision of the ...

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Spalding school’s scores of sports wins

Spalding Grammar School has celebrated its sporting achievements. At the annual Sports Celebration Evening, six students delivered speeches alongside special guest Dean Headley, former England cricketer and current coach at Stamford School. The evening also paid a fond farewell to PE teacher Mr Hedges, who leaves the school this summer after five years. A new award was named in his ...

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South Holland police dish out dirt from raids

Soil found on South Holland Police drugs raids has been donated to three local schools. Unopened bags of soil seized on the raids have been donated to Wygate Academy, Spalding Primary School and St Paul’s County Primary School to be used in school gardens. The idea came from PCSO Tim Nicholls who hand-delivered the soil to the schools. It’s the ...

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Spalding Primary School remains ‘good’

Spalding Primary School has maintained a good quality of education since its last Ofsted report four years ago. The government body carried out a short inspection in April and the findings were released last week. “The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection,” said a letter to head teacher Andrew Raistrick. ...

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Spalding kids get a kick out of footballer

Monkshouse School is not a footballer’s usual stop off before appearing at the Champions League Final. But that’s where freestyle football star Jamie Roberts was last weekend ahead of his trip to Kiev where he will be providing the warm-up before Liverpool v Real Madrid. Before performing alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, Mo Salah and James Milner though, last week he was ...

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Fund to help learners from Long Sutton and Sutton Bridge

Young people from Long Sutton or Sutton Bridge who are starting higher education course in the next school year could be eligible for a special grant to help them financially. Anyone under 25 from those towns (or whose parents live there) and who is starting at university or college in the 2018/19 school year could be a recipient of the ...

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Spalding Grammar School pupils chosen to showcase Warhammer

Pupils from a Spalding school have been chosen to showcase the game they love. Those behind the internationally popular Warhammer game visited Spalding Grammar School’s thriving club that’s dedicated to the tabletop war game last week. The Spalding Grammar Hammers are one of the largest clubs in the country with over 30 members. They’re regulars in national competitions, finishing fifth ...

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Young boffins’ sense of fun

Scientists took over a school for a day of experiments and exploration relating to senses during “wow day” at William Stukeley Primary School in Holbeach. On Monday, February 5, pupils at the school dressed up as scientists and explored the school’s classrooms, each of which was set up to explore a specific sense. A particularly fun part was the touch ...

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Public meeting on new academy proposal in Spalding

A public meeting is to be held in town on plans to turn Spalding’s Post 16 Centre into an academy for youngsters who may have been excluded from other schools or have problems. Springwell Alternative Academy’s proposal to convert the Matmore Gate building has met some opposition with a petition having been launched opposing the move. The meeting will run ...

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Spalding’s proposed new Springwell Alternative Academy meets opposition

Plans for a new academy in Spalding have met with a barrage of opposition. Springwell Alternative Academy is proposing to convert the former Post-16 Centre at Matmore Gate. The centre is in the grounds of the existing Spalding Academy and would be used for students aged from five to 16 who may have been excluded from other schools, or who ...

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Spalding School embraces languages for European celebration day

Spalding Grammar School staff and pupils celebrated the 16th annual European Day of Languages with educational games, a themed dinner menu and two multilingual speakers. Head of Languages, Ms Dungarwalla, said she prepared a playlist of modern French, German and Spanish music to be played before school and during break time. Quizzes included a Guess The Country Eurovision Form Competition, ...

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Exclusions down by half in Lincolnshire primary schools – but secondary school figures rise

A new strategy to tackle the rising rate of permanent exclusions in Lincolnshire’s schools has seen the number in primary schools drop by half to 24. However The Inclusive Lincolnshire Strategy – which was introduced to address the problem of a rising and unsustainable rate of permanent exclusions form Lincolnshire schools – has not been so successful in secondary schools. ...

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Best ever GCSE results in Spalding Academy turnaround

A huge 20 per cent rise in Spalding Academy pupils achieving five A* to C grade GCSEs signals a “new era for secondary education in Spalding,” says headteacher Laurence Reilly. Teachers and pupils were jubilant this morning in the hall. While pupils opened their results envelopes, Spalding Academy Deputy Headteacher Karen Joel said: “We’re so, so excited. It’s all down ...

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Tears and cheers alike as big day dawns for A level students

Controversial new reforms to A levels seemed to have little impact on results in South Holland. Both Spalding Grammar School and Spalding High School students achieved good outcomes, according to headteachers. There were smiles and tears alike at Spalding schools as the big day arrived last Thursday. Two years of hard work and study culminated in that breathless and emotional ...

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Academy rated as ‘good’ at first ever Ofsted inspection

A Spalding academy has been rated as good in its first ever Ofsted inspection.   Wygate Park Academy, Witham Road, received the rating in each of the five key areas looked at by inspectors.   “The headteacher, trust and local governing body have successfully established a culture of high expectations among pupils and staff,” the report, which was published on ...

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Teenagers fear for safety in failing children’s home

Vulnerable teenagers in a South Holland children’s home were able to take a car after staff left keys in an office door, an Ofsted report has revealed.   Young people do not feel safe and measures to combat bullying at the home are said to be ‘ineffective.’   The un-named home, which is registered to Broadwood Education Services, had ‘serious ...

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Students earn place at national exhibition

Students from Spalding Grammar School have had their work displayed at a top national arts exhibition.   Four A-Level artists were entered into the National Students Exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London where their work featured alongside paintings from some of the finest professional artists.   Tom Beardwell, a Year 13 veteran of this competition, produced ‘Chimera’ – an ...

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American dream to be reality for Grammar School student Edward

A Spalding Grammar School pupil has beaten off competition from more than 1,200 students in a bid to land a place at one of the top 10 universities in the world.   Edward Tranter has become the first pupil from the Priory Road school to ever be selected for the Sutton Trust US Programme.   The Bentley House captain is ...

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Donington secondary school ‘good’, says Ofsted

Staff feel valued, pupils are increasingly confident and teaching is good at Donington’s Thomas Cowley High School, inspectors say. In a short Ofsted inspection report published last week (June 3), the school was judged still to be “good.” The report, to headteacher Ian Dawson,  said: “The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school.” It added: ...

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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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