Schools

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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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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