Schools

Vote for youngsters to visit Birchgrove Santa

South Holland schools and nurseries can take part in a special competition to win tickets for a festive fun event. The team at Birchgrove Garden Centre is planning an online poll to pick a group to meet Santa. Local schools and nurseries could win 20 free tickets for youngsters to enjoy the Santa’s Grotto on Wednesday, November 28. The visit ...

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Pride as University Academy Holbeach GCSE grades continue to improve

The principle of University Academy Holbeach has praised his school’s pupils and listed a host of subjects that have this year seen improvement. Stood on the first floor stairwell and proudly overlooking the pupils opening their results, principle Steve Baragwanath said: “I’m very proud and very pleased with all the kids. “We’ve got some 8s and 9s, I’m pleased with ...

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‘Outstanding’ GCSE success at Spalding Grammar School

The headmaster of Spalding Grammar School has called its pupils’ achievements in GCSE exams “outstanding”, with nearly a quarter of all grades at the highest level. In a statement about this morning’s results, headmaster Mr Wilkinson said: “The school has enjoyed outstanding results this year. “Nearly a quarter of all grades were at the highest level (A* or 8/9) with ...

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Bright pupils raise cash

Pupils at a Holbeach school were positively glowing when they turned up for the school’s fund-raising “bright day”. On July 11, youngsters at William Stukeley Church of England Primary School dressed in orange to match the colour of the MAGPAS air ambulance. They were treated to a talk by MAGPAS advocate Richard Thacker and held a raffle, drawn by opera ...

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Movie theme to joint prom night

Students from two Spalding schools joined forces for a prom night celebration. The Year 11 groups at Spalding High and Grammar schools held meetings throughout the year to plan their big event. With the theme of A Night at the Movies, the students dressed in their finest red carpet clothes and headed for the South Holland Centre. With Oscar statues ...

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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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Gosberton House School’s bouncy birthday

There was good cause for a Spalding school to celebrate at the weekend. Gosberton House Academy pulled out all the stops to mark the school’s 65th anniversary. Fun inflatables, a range of food and stalls were all on offer on Saturday as pupils, families and staff marked the special event. A school spokesman said more than £500 had been raised ...

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Academy Trust says it will work on traffic around former post-16 centre

The chief executive of an academy trust says he understands the issues raised by residents during consultation for a new site in Spalding. The results of a consultation carried out with the Springwell Academy Trust have been published. The trust is likely to be opening a school for vulnerable young people in Matmore Gate at a former post-16 centre. “We ...

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Cubs turn crime solvers in CSI: Holbeach

Forget CSI: Miami or CSI: NY, thanks to a police engagement exercise, a Cubs group made its very own CSI: Holbeach when they got stuck into forensics and investigated a staged crime scene. PSCO Naomi Newell said the children fully embraced the engagement exercise and learned about the crime investigation process and forensics. PCSO Newell said: “Previously we have done ...

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Spalding pupils’ peak practice for India expedition

Spalding Grammar School pupils have conquered Win Hill in the Peak District in preparation for a month-long trek in the Himalayas. In July, 21 adventurous students along with staff members will set off on an expedition to northern India with Outlook Expeditions. Grammar School teacher Stephen Lane said they will travel as two separate teams, having planned itineraries including a ...

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Calling the Spalding Gleed Girls class of 1971

Did you start Spalding Gleed Girls School in the early 1970s? If so Carol Smylie is looking for you.   Carol (was Gray) has made it her mission for 2018 to find her old school friends and organise a reunion. She is appealing for anyone who started the school in September 1970, 1971 or 1972 to get in touch. She ...

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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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Yo-ho-ho, Holbeach pupils are all at sea!

There were mermaids and pirates galore at one South Holland school this week. Eye patches, tricorn hats and moustaches were the order of the day for the pirates at William Stukeley Primary School, Holbeach on Monday. Their mermaid counterparts were all shells, scales and sequins for the event. The children rotated around a variety of activities from Steal the Treasure ...

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Funding bid for new Spalding academy

A report outlining the result of consultations on proposals for a new Spalding school for students expelled from elsewhere have been published. The Wellspring Academy Trust is looking to open a facility at the former post-16 centre in Matmore Gate. The Springwell Academy Trust is refurbishing the former centre ready for a planned opening in September. It is a legal ...

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Tapping into pupils’ talents as Holbeach school gets plumber qualification accreditation

The next generation of plumbers could be in the pipeline at University Academy Holbeach after its excellence in training them was recognised. It has been awarded Approve Centre status by the industry’s professional body, the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE). Geoff Westall, National President of CIPHE presented the plaque to Miss Lucy Mawer, head of plumbing and ...

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County council says 88 per cent will get first choice secondary school

Lincolnshire County Council says that 88 per cent of pupils heading to secondary schools in September have been allocated their first choice school. The authority says that of the 8,054 offers made to Lincolnshire secondary schools, 7073 children received their first preference as to where they would like to go. There were 626 pupils who have instead been allocated what ...

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Petition fight for Gosberton Academy primary school

A petition to keep a special needs primary school for autistic children has almost 5,000 signatures in just five days. The online petition was launched in the wake of consultation instigated by Lincolnshire County Council to make all special schools cater for “all needs”. Gosberton House Academy currently caters for children with autism and worried parents have launched a petition ...

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First prom event for Boston College: Spalding campus

Year 11 students from across the region attended Boston College’s first Prom Event at the Boston College: Spalding campus. School Proms are perhaps the biggest social event on the calendar for Year 11 and they are growing in popularity every year. Talented college students used this popularity to showcase their skills and help those anticipating their prom look and feel ...

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Bobby Bear drops in at Cowbit school

Bobby Bear, PCSO Naomi Newell and PCSO Tim Nicholls visited key stage 1 pupils at Cowbit St Mary’s Primary School last week to talk about the police. PCSO Newell said this included “how we are here to help people and respond to emergencies”. She added: “We discussed safe strangers and what to do if a child was lost, why we ...

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New beginning for Peele community college

Approval has been given for the Peele Community College to become an academy. The regional school commissioner has approved the move which would see the college join Holbeach in the Lincolnshire Educational Trust (LET). The Long Sutton school was rated as ‘inadequate’ in the latest Ofsted report published in July. As a result, it could be joining the LET if ...

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