Schools

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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Rotarians give pupils a grilling

Pupils at Stamford High School were given a grilling recently to help them prepare for their university applications. The Rotary Club of Spalding and Welland held their annual mock interviews for 20 sixth form students looking to go to university. Rotary Club president John Ralph, said: “Our objective is to boost the interviewees’ self-confidence.” Mrs Dawn Bushell, head of sixth ...

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Reading Challenge fun for Spalding pupils

Children from Spalding Parish Day School took part in the Summer Reading Challenge organised by The Reading Agency and run through libraries across the county. Spalding Library promoted the challenge during visits to the library and through leaflets in schools. All children from the age of four were set the challenge to read six library books and visit the library ...

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Dinosaur day at Spalding school is a roaring success

Four dinosaurs visited Spalding Parish Church of England Day School for a day of Jurassic fun and learning. Foundation Stage and Year 1 pupils met baby dino Trixie, Ronnie, the four-metre-long T-rex and Spike the Spinosaurus, pictured above with staff. Class teacher Laura McWilliam, who organised the visit, said: “We wanted a fun and educational workshop to support our children’s ...

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Plans to transform Spalding post-16 centre to alternative academy

Plans to breathe new life into a post-16 centre in Spalding have been submitted to South Holland District Council. The centre opened in 2008 but last year there were no students and its future was unclear. But now the Springwell Alternative Academy is hoping to transform it into a new school. “It is proposed to use the existing South Holland ...

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Spalding School embraces languages for European celebration day

Spalding Grammar School staff and pupils celebrated the 16th annual European Day of Languages with educational games, a themed dinner menu and two multilingual speakers. Head of Languages, Ms Dungarwalla, said she prepared a playlist of modern French, German and Spanish music to be played before school and during break time. Quizzes included a Guess The Country Eurovision Form Competition, ...

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School choir sings for Holbeach Hospital residents

A school choir spread the sweet sound of music through Holbeach Hospital as part of their harvest festival celebrations. The Chamber Choir of University Academy Holbeach visited Holbeach Hospital to deliver donated produce and to entertain the residents. They performed a range of songs that included Only You and Any Dream Will Do, said Ms Graper, Head of Music at ...

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Spalding school staff and pupils raise charity cash

There was a real baking marathon before a fundraising coffee morning could be held at a Spalding school. Spalding Parish Church of England Day School held the event to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Relief. School instructor Sarah Hendry baked more than 150 shortbread biscuits with the Year 6 pupils ready for the coffee morning. The school also received a ...

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William earns Lions award for dedication to charity

A former Spalding Academy student has been awarded for his dedication to charity and all-round “exemplary” performance during his five years at the school. William Pite, who this year left year 11 and is now pursuing an apprenticeship, recieved the Stand Tall Award from Spalding Lions. Mr Ian Billinghurst from Spalding Academy said: “William is involved in supporting the charity ...

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Cash boost for Long Sutton and Gosberton green projects thanks to the Co-op shoppers

Green space projects in South Holland are set to benefit from a Lincolnshire Co-op scheme. Just under £7,000 will be going to Long Sutton Primary School to help create a wild learning zone and pathway for walks. Almost £5,000 is heading to Gosberton to refurbish a playing field, including a community orchard, and reinstate a summer fair. A total of ...

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Weston St Mary school in special measures

A South Holland school has been put into special measures after Ofsted inspectors declared it inadequate. Weston St Mary Church of England Primary School has had six head teachers since 2014 and according to the report, fails its pupils. The school, which has 46 children on the roll, was inspected in July this year. “Leadership of the school is inadequate. ...

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Parish School pupils rise to big workout challenge

Spalding Parish C of E Day School felt the positive results when they took up an excercise challenge set by Body Coach Joe Wicks, who was on a mission to get one million children exercising in one week. The 127 year five and six children from the Parish School, as well as the members of staff who also joined in, ...

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Exclusions down by half in Lincolnshire primary schools – but secondary school figures rise

A new strategy to tackle the rising rate of permanent exclusions in Lincolnshire’s schools has seen the number in primary schools drop by half to 24. However The Inclusive Lincolnshire Strategy – which was introduced to address the problem of a rising and unsustainable rate of permanent exclusions form Lincolnshire schools – has not been so successful in secondary schools. ...

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Pinchbeck mum is left angry after bus fare hike

A Pinchbeck mum has been left angry after a 25 per cent hike in the bus fare to send her son to school. The concerned parent, whose son travels to the Thomas Cowley High School by bus every day, says Cropley Coaches has increased fares from £2 each way to £2.50. She said: “My son has commented that this is ...

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Junior PCSOs train as good values enforcers

Primary school children across South Holland will meet once a month with a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) to tackle issues commonly concerning children. Over the summer holidays, year four pupils from 14 participating local schools completed an application form to register an interest in the scheme. PCSO Naomi Newall oversees the junior PCSOs (JPCSOs) for Holbeach and rural. “The ...

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Tears and cheers alike as big day dawns for A level students

Controversial new reforms to A levels seemed to have little impact on results in South Holland. Both Spalding Grammar School and Spalding High School students achieved good outcomes, according to headteachers. There were smiles and tears alike at Spalding schools as the big day arrived last Thursday. Two years of hard work and study culminated in that breathless and emotional ...

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