Schools

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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School league tables see praise for pupils

Lincolnshire school pupils achieving a grade 4 or above in English and maths GCSE is above the national average. The latest figures released by the government have shown the county to be about average in several categories. But the news was a bit more mixed for schools in the Spalding area. While 97 per cent of students at Spalding Grammar ...

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The referee’s a winner at Spalding Grammar School’s training weekend

South Holland school pupils have netted a football refereeing qualification. Twelve pupils from Spalding Grammar School were put through their paces by Lincolnshire FA referee tutors during the weekend-long training course, held at the school. The course entailed a two-hour evening induction session, followed by a full weekend of theoretical and practical workshops in order to provide the young people ...

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Small superheroes attend Let’s Pretend day at Whaplode school

A village school was overrun with superheroes and other colourful characters as part Let’s Pretend day. Whaplode Church of England Primary School welcomed the likes of Spiderman, Spidergirl, Batgirl, Frozen’s Anna and Elsa, Sonic The Hedgehog and Captain America among its ranks. A school spokesman said: “Reception children at Whaplode decided that they wanted to come to school dressed as ...

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Boston College receives ‘good’ rating

A college that has a campus in Spalding is celebrating a ‘good’ Ofsted rating. Ofsted recognised high standards of provision, performance and quality of teaching at Boston College during its recent inspection. The report concluded that the college, with its Spalding and Boston campuses, had built on previous inspection performance with aspects of provision described as “life-changing”. There was excellent ...

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Holbeach school staff entertain pupils with panto

Staff at a Holbeach school have put on their own pantomime to entertain the children. William Stukeley Primary School’s adults performed Cinderella as a surprise for the children last month. Staff rehearsed behind closed doors for eight weeks after school, at weekends and at any given opportunity to present the one-off performance to the whole school on the last day ...

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