Education

Ofsted: Pre-schools ‘outstanding’ and primary school improves to ‘good’

Two of South Holland’s pre-schools have been deemed “outstanding” and a primary school has raised its rating to “good,” in recent Ofsted reports. Inspectors praised the quality of teaching at Little Treasures Nurseries, in Haverfield Road, Spalding, as “superb”. It said of the 72-place nursery: “Staff are extremely kind, approachable and dedicated to the children.” The report added: “The provider ...

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Controlled explosion by RAF on powder chemical at University Academy Holbeach

An RAF bomb disposal unit carried out a controlled explosion on a powder chemical stored at University Academy Holbeach. The visit last Wednesday (November 2) at 2pm followed a nationwide notification two days earlier by Consortium of Local Education Authorities for the Provision of Science Services (CLEAPSS) about a risk if the chemical – known as 2,4-DNP – is not stored ...

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Pupils’ designs for MP’s Christmas card

Pupils at The Garth School in Spalding have given John Hayes their designs for his official Christmas card this year. Collecting the entries from the special school’s pupils and then carrying out the difficult task of judging them with the help of his family is one of the South Holland and The Deeping MP’s favourite events of the year. Mr ...

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Pupils say teachers are best thing about Donington school

Leaders and managers at Thomas Cowley High School in Donington have “taken effective action to maintain high standards of behaviour”, Ofsted found in a recent visit. An interim monitoring report said: “All pupils who spoke with me said they are proud of their school and there is nothing that they would change about it. “Pupils agreed that teachers are the ...

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Spalding High School pressing ahead with academy conversion plan

Spalding High School is pressing ahead with its plan to convert to an academy. Following a formal consultation carried out by the governors, this week they voted unanimously to continue the process. Chairman of the governors, Dr Peter Gorton, said: “I would like to thank the students, parents, staff and stakeholders who have participated and shared their views on this matter ...

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New £1.46m buildings at Spalding primary school officially opened

Spalding Monkshouse Primary School now has two extra classrooms and a new, larger hall. The aim of the project, managed by Lincolnshire County Council, was to expand the school to two-form entry with a capacity of 420 to meet demand for places in the area. Headteacher Sue Goodsell said: “The school hall has been on the children’s wish list since ...

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Children are ‘happy’ at Sunflower Lodge, says Ofsted

“Children make good progress in all aspects of their learning and development in readiness for school,” Ofsted inspectors have said of a childcare provider. Sunflower Lodge, in Elsoms Way, Pinchbeck, was rated “good”. The report said: “The management team demonstrates passion and dedication to providing the best possible outcomes for children and their families. “Well-qualified practitioners know the children well ...

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New staff members with £80,000 support for troubled primary school

Work is already under way to turn around a school deemed to “require improvement” in its latest inspection, the new executive headteacher has said. School inspectors said “pupils have not reached the standards they are capable of” by the time they leave Gosberton Academy. A just-published Ofsted report said: “Senior leaders have not secured consistently good teaching across the school. ...

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Ofsted inspectors: Children ‘thrive’ at Spalding nursery

Children “thrive” in the environment of a Spalding nursery and “form close bonds”, according to Ofsted inspectors. Munchkins Kindergarten, in Priory Road, has been rated “good” in its latest inspection report. The report said: “Children settle quickly into the nursery and show they are happy.” It said all children make good progress, the management team monitors children’s progress closely, partnerships ...

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Long Sutton Primary School on the up with good inspection report

The headteacher of Long Sutton Primary School has spoken of his pride after a government inspection report highlighted the improvement being made. The school has moved from its overall effectiveness of “requiring improvement” in May 2014 to “good” now. Headteacher Bill Lord said: “We are delighted that the Inspection team recognised the many strengths of the school and how far ...

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‘Positive’ start in bid to improve school

School leaders have heralded a positive start to the new term – despite some controversy over changes. Pupils at the newly-renamed Spalding Academy – formerly the Sir John Gleed – have returned to the classroom under a new regime which has seen a strict new uniform policy and changes to other school rules and procedures. The school’s executive head Laurence ...

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Mixed response in South Holland to PM’s plan for more grammar schools

A new generation of grammar schools should not be implemented in South Holland, according to at least one secondary school headteacher. Prime Minister Theresa May wants to see the ban on new grammar schools lifted and a shake-up of the selection process for pupils. This, she says, will “give every parent access to a good school place for their child”. ...

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Year 3 pupil’s ‘outstanding’ writing ability rewarded

A Spalding Parish Day School student has received a runner-up award in the Lincolnshire Media Education Awards. Emily Wright was the school’s first-ever representative at the awards ceremony in Lincoln and was shortlisted in the Primary Writing Award category. Assistant headteacher Kim Bird said: “Emily was nominated because her writing ability is out-standing and it is always a pleasure to ...

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Two Spalding schools celebrate 100 per cent A-level pass rate

Two Spalding secondary schools are among nine across the county to achieve a 100 per cent pass rate in A-levels. The High School and the Sir John Gleed School took the honours, as early figures available from 30 out of 40 of the county’s sixth forms show that Lincolnshire has outperformed the England average in almost all measures. At 99.1 ...

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Taylor-made guest for students

Former Great Britain hockey goalkeeper and Olympic medallist Ian Taylor was the special guest at Spalding Grammar School’s annual sports celebration evening.   Taylor, who was a member of the bronze-winning squad at the Seoul Olympics in 1988, gave an inspired talk about his experiences and how school sport was the springboard to his career. The event was an opportunity ...

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Headteacher’s vision for Japanese lessons becomes a reality

Pupils at three South Holland primary schools are finding one afternoon a week easy peasy Japanese with the introduction of new lessons. Youngsters at Sutton Bridge’s Westmere, Gedney Drove End and Holbeach St Marks Primary Schools have started learning about Japan after headteacher Karyn Giles went on an education week to the country last year. Since her return she has ...

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Spalding Grammar School pays tribute to teacher Peter’s ‘lasting legacy’

Students, staff, governors and friends dedicated a tree to the memory of a former teacher who taught thousands during his 33 years at Spalding Grammar School. Peter Wasley (pictured), who died earlier this year at the age of 62, was remembered during a special commemoration service at the school he joined as a young French and German teacher in September ...

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Spalding school’s enterprising pupils enter ‘Dragons’ Den’

Year Ten students at The Priory School in Spalding took part in a Dragons’ Den-style experience before a panel of judges from the Rotary Club of South Holland. Six enterprise teams from the special school each showcased a product of their own design with a presentation using multimedia and visual aids. One pupil with speech impairment was applauded by the ...

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Academy plan is ‘anti-democratic’

Plans to force all schools to become academies have been blasted as “ill conceived” and “anti-democratic” – putting children’s education at risk and denying parents choice. The comments have been made by Lincolnshire County Council’s executive member for children’s services Patricia Bradwell, who said the county currently has “range of provision” to be proud of. Schools in the county are ...

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Acting head appointed to lead school

A new headteacher has been appointed at Long Sutton’s Peele Community College. Elizabeth Smith took up the permanent position last week after “shining” during the interview process. She had been acting headteacher since September when Simon Gilman resigned citing pressures of the job as his reason for standing down. Last week the board of governors issued a statement thanking everyone ...

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