Education

Spalding Grammar School governors to look again at pay rise after strike vote

Governors at Spalding Grammar School have vowed to look again at the effect of introducing an across-the-board pay rise after staff members in the National Union of Teachers voted overwhelmingly to back strike action. A ballot of staff in the union – understood to be a high proportion of employees – returned a 100 per cent backing for industrial action. ...

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Spalding Grammar School governors to look again at teachers’ pay rise demand

Governors at Spalding Grammar School have vowed to look again at the effect of introducing an across-the-board pay rise after staff members in the National Union of Teachers voted overwhelmingly to back strike action. A ballot of staff in the union – understood to be a high proportion of employees – returned a 100 per cent backing for industrial action. ...

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NUT wants “serious negotiation” at Spalding Grammar School after 100 per cent backing for strike action

National Union of Teachers officials say they are hoping for “serious negotiation” over a pay dispute at Spalding Grammar School after members voted overwhelmingly to back strike action. A ballot of staff in the union – understood to be a high proportion of employees –  returned a 100 per cent backing for industrial action. The turnout was 77 per cent. ...

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NUT rounds on Spalding Grammar School over preparations for strike action

Trade union officials have criticised Spalding Grammar School for making preparations for strike action by teachers. The result of a formal ballot by members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) is expected shortly after it closes on Tuesday. (February 2) The vote came after the school refused to implement a one per cent pay award. The NUT says it was ...

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GCSE results ‘not a true reflection’

Two of South Holland’s six secondary schools fall below “floor” standards for pupils’ achievements in GCSEs. Only 32 per cent of pupils at Spalding’s Sir John Gleed School and 34 per cent at The Peele Community College, Long Sutton, attained five A*-C grades, including English and maths. The “floor” standard set by the Government is 40 per cent. The district’s ...

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Schools may face fines for failing to avoid exclusions

Schools could face financial penalties in a bid to cut the number of children who are permanently excluded. The “pupil reintegration charge” could be levied against schools in Lincolnshire if they are unable to demonstrate they took all possible measures to prevent a child’s exclusion. The county has a poor record on permanent exclusions with the number growing – against ...

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Headteacher says ‘students will be the losers’ if Spalding Grammar staff strike

A Spalding headteacher has said it will be students who will be the losers if teachers go through with the threat of strike action. The National Union of Teachers announced on Friday that an indicative ballot showed an overwhelming majority of teachers at Spalding Grammar School were in favour of strike action after the school refused to introduce a nationally-recommended ...

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Strike threat at Spalding Grammar over pay rise

Teachers at a Spalding secondary school could go on strike next month. The staff at Spalding Grammar School have indicated their desire for industrial action because they have been denied a nationally-recommended one per cent pay rise. It is believed the school is the only one in the county to withhold the pay rise and the National Union of Teachers ...

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Schools score well in league tables

A village school with just 64 pupils has topped the latest primary school performance tables in South Holland. Moulton Chapel Primary School leads the way in the district after 100 per cent of its pupils achieved level four or above in reading, writing and maths at Key Stage 2. It was one of just 15 schools across the whole of ...

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Spalding school’s governors ‘not scapegoats’

The trust responsible for a struggling secondary school has denied making former governors “scapegoats” for its problems. The Voice reported last week how the entire board of Spalding’s Sir John Gleed School had been replaced by a Rapid Improvement Board after another damning report by Ofsted suggested not enough was being done to overcome “serious weaknesses”. A spokesman for CfBT, ...

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Expert team parachuted in to rescue Spalding school

The governing body of a struggling secondary school has been replaced after the latest visit by education watchdog Ofsted. Inspectors visited the Sir John Gleed School in October – just months after it had been removed from special measures – but found that action plans put in place by the school’s managers to overcome serious weaknesses were “not fit for ...

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Life-saving kit is installed in school

A Spalding secondary school has had two potentially life-saving defibrillators installed. The machines, which cost just under £1,000 for the pair, were funded by The Friends of Sir John Gleed School. Currently there is no legal requirement for places of education to have access to a defibrillator but more than 600 young people die every year from cardiac arrests. Anthony ...

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Expansion plans at Spalding Parish Church Day School

Six new classrooms are planned at Spalding’s Parish Church Day School to cope with increasing demand. The PAN (published admission number) in reception for this academic year rose by 30 to 90. And by 2021, the total roll will increase from the current 450 to 630. A new kitchen, extended hall and extra parking spaces are also in plans submitted ...

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Prospective pupils from 36 primary schools at University Academy Holbeach open day

Pupils from 36 primary schools took the chance to look round University Academy Holbeach as prospective students – and every bit of feedback was extremely positive. A Year 7 student gave a presentation of her first few weeks in school and two sixth formers talked about their life in Year 12. Each department of all subject areas attended the evening ...

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Head’s resignation over job pressures

Pressures of the job have lead to the resignation of the headteacher at the Peele Community College. Simon Gilman, who has been head of the school for three years, may return as a business studies teacher in the new year. In a statement published on the Peele Community College’s website, the board of governors said: “It is with regret the ...

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Holbeach poised for another new large estate and primary school

Holbeach could see another large estate built, with a third primary school for the town. The housing development – totalling up to 1,000 homes – is planned for land between the A17 and Spalding Road. The plot has been earmarked for development for many years, but a plan emerging so soon after a scheme to build 900 homes at Manor Farm was approved ...

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Executive head’s departure is sign of good progress

A troubleshooter parachuted in to oversee a struggling Spalding secondary school has left after helping to turn it round. Executive headteacher at the Sir John Gleed School, Chris Mallaband, will leave the academy in the capable hands of headteacher Will Scott as he heads off to take up a new role as principal at a London college. Mr Mallaband spent ...

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Plans for Lincolnshire school places

Plans are being put in place to ensure Lincolnshire secondary schools are able to cope with a spike in pupil numbers. Over the past three years Lincolnshire County Council has invested £34million in new primary schools and expanding existing ones to provide an extra 3,000 places. These include the new Wygate Park Academy in Spalding, as well as expansion at ...

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Another good year for Lincolnshire’s GCSE students

Early indications of GCSE results across Lincolnshire show continued improvements this year. With six schools still to return data, provisional figures released by Lincolnshire schools, including academies, indicate that the overall result for the national key GCSE indicator of 5+A*-C (including English and maths) has increased this year to 58.6 per cent. The percentage of students attaining 5+ A*-C including ...

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Delight at GCSE results at Spalding’s Gleed school

There were tears of joy – and a few of disappointment – as youngsters collected their GCSE results from secondary schools around South Holland. Voice photographer Nikki Clucas went along to the Sir John Gleed School and Spalding High School to capture some of the excitement. Sir John Gleed has recorded improved examination results for the first time since opening ...

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