Education

Gleed School students’ lasting legacy after African trip

Students from Spalding’s Sir John Gleed School gained amazing memories and left a lasting legacy on the trip of a lifetime to Tanzania. The expedition through provider World Challenge was the culmination of two years’ fundraising for the 14 students from years 9, 10 and 11. Head of religious studies Gemma Wait and learning mentor Sharon Caress accompanied the pupils, ...

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Primary school aiming to move to academy status

Monkshouse Primary School in Spalding wants to move to academy status. That would take the school out of the control of Lincolnshire County Council and give it more autonomy. However, chairman of the school governors Simon Lilley says, if the proposal goes ahead, changes to Monkshouse would not be too noticeable. There would be no change to the school day ...

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Spalding school takes delivery of new kitchen to cater for all 430 pupils

A Spalding primary school took delivery of a new kitchen on Saturday (July 11). St John the Baptist in Hawthorn Bank was successful in a bid to the government to receive funding for a kitchen to be able to supply fresh hot meals to their pupils on site. The school said: “The kitchen comes in the form of a pod in which there ...

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It’s official: Ofsted removes ‘special measures’ rating from Spalding’s Sir John Gleed School

The headteacher at Spalding’s Sir John Gleed School has spoken of his pleasure after Ofsted confirmed today (Wednesday) that the academy is lifted out of “special measures”. The publication of the outcome confirms our report on April 23, stating that the two-year long spell in the lowest rating was over. During a visit in March, inspectors found that students were ...

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Donington factory shows Boston College carpentry and joinery students the skills in action

Carpentry and joinery students were able to pick up tips from a leading factory in Donington. George Barnsdale showed the Boston College group the production processes used in the manufacturer of quality timber windows and doors, including CNC routing and robotic spray lines, supported by traditional carpentry and joinery skills. And through meeting with Darren Templeman, a former student of ...

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Inspection report says Spalding primary school ‘outstanding’

St Norbert’s Catholic Primary School in Spalding has been rated “outstanding” in an inspection report. Now with 209 pupils (up from 144 five years ago), the school has improved two grades from its previous rating of “satisfactory”. It has pupils from 15 different nationalities and 61 per cent have English as an additional language. Nottingham Roman Catholic Diocesan Education Service ...

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Ofsted set to remove ‘special measures’ rating from Spalding school

Staff at Spalding’s Sir John Gleed School are cautiously optimistic that its two-year stint in special measures is over. Education watchdog Ofsted carried out an inspection just before the Easter holidays and the indications are that sufficient progress has been made to remove its lowest rating. The report is due to be published imminently and, if confirmed, the news will ...

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Tasty Easter treat for guests at Spalding’s Monkshouse Primary School

The final two days of term at Spalding Monkshouse Primary School saw pupils from reception through to year five put on an Easter tea performance. Residents from sheltered accommodation at Sezanne Walk were first to see the show, which included an Easter hat parade and musical renditions, accompanied by tea and cake. And on Friday it was the turn of ...

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Ray Isaacs’ 40 years as a teacher at Sir John Gleed School in Spalding

The one teacher who has remained at Sir John Gleed School in Spalding since 1974 had a retirement party on Friday. Fellow staff members, former colleagues and ex-pupils joined head of computer studies Ray Isaacs (63) at The Birds pub in Halmergate. Many thousands of students have been taught by Mr Isaacs, who joined Gleed Girls’ School as a geography ...

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Parent’s petition against funding cuts to disabled children’s activities

Desperate parents of disabled children have launched a campaign to try and prevent a funding cut to after-school activities. Lincolnshire County Council is reviewing its financial support. For pupils at The Garth School in Spalding it means regular activities laid on by Action For Children – such as ten-pin bowling at AlleyCatz, and arts and craft and cookery sessions – ...

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Mentor for childminders gets outstanding grade

A childminder who is training as a mentor for fellow professionals has received an outstanding Ofsted inspection. Clair Wooding, who already runs drop-in sessions for fellow childminders in her home village of Holbeach St Marks, has been a child minder for 15 years and is delighted to receive the top grading from the education inspectors for the care she provides ...

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Intensive support needed to help ‘lagging behind’ schools in district

“Intensive support” is still needed to improve standards at South Holland primary schools a year after almost half were found to be “requiring improvement”. During the summer of 2013, it was identified that 17 of the district’s 35 primary schools (48 per cent) needed to improve – compared to just 20 per cent in the whole of Lincolnshire. It led ...

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Majority receive place at preferred secondary schools

More than 90 per cent of children have received offers for their first choice of secondary schools. Offers for places at secondary schools have been made available to parents today. Of the 7,507 offers made to secondary schools, 93 per cent of children will receive their first preference school (6,948 children). The figure for second preference offers is 5.7per cent ...

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Donington students put skills into internet safety posters

Pupils took part in a poster competition to raise awareness of Internet Safety Day. During their personal development lessons, pupils at Donington’s Thomas Cowley High School looked at ways to keep themselves safe online. PSHE co-ordinator Clytie Smith said: “As social media is such an integral part of young people’s lives today, it is vital that they understand where the ...

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Spalding Monkshouse Primary School pupils’ date with the stars

A mobile planetarium visited Spalding’s Monkshouse Primary School as part of the Infinity and Beyond science curriculum for Years 5 and 6. The children really enjoyed the experience and teacher Katherine Thorpe thought it was “mind boggling”. One pupil said that the most amazing thing he had learnt was that there were more stars in the sky than grains of ...

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Government turns down bid for English and Spanish bilingual school in Spalding

A drive to launch a bilingual Spanish and English primary school in Spalding this September has ended in disappointment. The government’s Department for Education (DfE) has turned down the application by Invicta Group. Spalding has recently been identified as having too little provision for primary school places in the future due to the town’s anticipated continued population growth. Invicta Group ...

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‘Crazy’ changes to GSCE English literature curriculum sparks online petition

A petition against “crazy” government changes to the GCSE English Literature curriculum has been launched at Donington’s Thomas Cowley High School. Assistant headteacher Mary Meredith said: “Students in our current Year 9 will have to commit between 15 and 18 complex and challenging poems to memory so that they can ‘closely analyse’ them in an exam. So poetry learned parrot ...

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Trade unions in talks over teacher unrest at Spalding’s Sir John Gleed School

Unrest among some staff at Spalding’s Sir John Gleed School has been the focus of trade unions talks in recent days. Representatives of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and The Teachers’ Union (NASUWT) have been working to resolve issues. The school, which has been in special measures since April 2013, declined to elaborate much. However, a statement issued by ...

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Red carpet rolled out for ‘Oscars’ night at Spalding primary school

Pupils at Spalding’s Monkshouse Primary School held a red carpet event to premiere their very own short film. Year Four pupils worked with specialist firm Enrich for a number of weeks to create the film and did all their own camera and sound work, learned about editing and special effects, wrote scripts and acted. Headteacher Sue Goodsell said: “We decided to ...

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Children need skills to fill Lincolnshire job market gaps

Primary school children could be encouraged to decide what career they want when they grow up in a bid to provide the skills needed to fill jobs in Lincolnshire. It is believed that around 200,000 people would be needed between 2014 and 2022 to fill vacancies to grow the county’s economy. This could include up to 182,000 new jobs in ...

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