Schools

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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End of an era as Marion retires

It was the end of an era at St Bartholomew’s Primary School when pupils broke up last week with teaching assistant Marion Christian retiring.   Marion has been at the Pinchbeck school since 1988, but has now made the difficult decision to retire after 29 years in order to spend more time with her family.   Marion has worked across ...

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Garden project turns into reality at Wygate

Pupils at a Spalding primary school have been given the chance to grow their own plants, fruit and vegetables.   Children at Wygate Park Academy, in Witham Road, have also been gifted wheelbarrows, forks and watering cans so they can look after the garden.   It has been created by housebuilder Kier Living Eastern whose employees took time out of ...

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More than 200 children at South Holland Primary Schools’ Music Festival

Scores of children from 11 schools came together for the annual South Holland Primary Schools’ Music Festival on Tuesday (June 6).   The event was hosted by Spalding Parish Church of England Day School. Vicki Twell, teacher at Holbeach’s William Stukeley Primary School and event chairman, said: “This year’s theme was film and TV and each school performed individually songs ...

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UAH is school of rock

University Academy Holbeach’s first Battle of the Bands was organised by some of its older students.   As part of their BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Music, Edward King and Austin Walker-Hyde had to organise and run a community music project. They decided to work with Year 7 pupils to develop the younger pupils’ knowledge of and skills in rock ...

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Holbeach workshop helps pupils appreciate importance of preserving heritage sites

Holbeach Cemetery Chapels trustees organised a stained glass workshop for University Academy Holbeach students.    Eight 6th form art and foundation learner pupils were led by Strawberry Glass tutors Gillian and David Wing. They learnt about the traditional skills of stained glass making, using the copper-foil method, made famous by Louis Tiffany during the early part of the 20th century. The ...

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