Education

New play area for academy

Children at a Gosberton School have been able to socially distance more outside thanks to the creation of a new outdoor area. Gosberton Academy’s outdoor area was constructed over the summer by Lincolnshire-based company Newby Leisure. It includes a mud kitchen, a water feature, planting and growing areas as well as a clamber tree. And among the first to use ...

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Primary school reacts after COVID-19 case confirmation

A number of children are being taught at home after a confirmed case of COVID-19 was identified at a Spalding primary school. St John the Baptist School in Hawthorn Bank say a ‘member of the school community’ tested positive for the virus. It’s now said how many children are working from home this week following Friday’s positive test. Headteacher Paul ...

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Confirmed COVID-19 case at Spalding school

Spalding High School is the first in the area to have reported a confirmed case of COVID-19 following the return of pupils. The Stonegate school, which remains open, sent a letter to all parents yesterday (Monday) stating a pupil had been sent home after testing positive for the virus. The letter states “This morning we have notified the Sixth Form ...

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Firm’s outdoor gift for school

Pupils at Quadring Cowling and Brown’s Primary School will have an improved outdoor environment to return to this week thanks to the actions of a South Lincolnshire company. A couple of weeks ago the school appealed for materials and help to relocate a large shed to enable a new outdoor seating and recreational space to be created. This was to ...

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Mum’s concern over lack of school place for autistic son

A mum has expressed frustration over her autistic 11-year-old son not having a school to go to next week. Julie Holmes will instead have to home school son Zak after he was told he would not be able to attend the family’s preferred school, The Priory. She’s full of praise for the school that’s close to their Royce Road home ...

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Chris is an ‘Educator Expert’

A Spalding Grammar School teacher has been selected as one of handful of people to help others in the profession with their IT skills. Chris Harris (pictured),of Moulton Seas End, has been selected as Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert for 2020-21. It is a program where Microsoft select educators can demonstrate a wide range of skills with its educational technology and ...

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Exam result grades relief

Students across South Holland who were fearing the worst with the arrival of their GCSE results this week will be receiving their teachers’ grade today (Thursday) after a government U-turn. A furious row over last week’s A-Level results left many teenagers, parents and teaching staff wondering what to expect from this year’s GCSE results which were due to be graded ...

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UAH A Level students set for university

All pupils at University Academy Holbeach have offers from their first choice university after posting strong A Level results. In total 65 per cent of pupils received A* to B grades with the average grade at L3 vocational level was ‘distinction’. Principal Sheila Page, said: “We are pleased to be able to announce very good results in both our A-Level ...

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‘Delighted’ head praises Grammar School A Level pupils

The head of Spalding Grammar School has praised his A Level pupils, 60 per cent of which have at least one B grade. With COVID-19 having affected the year and leading to the cancellation of exams Mr Steven Wilkinson said he found the results “hugely pleasing”. He said: “For students and staff alike, this has been a year without precedent. ...

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‘Excellent’ results for High School pupils

Spalding High School students have been hailed for “an excellent set of results” including an increase in A grades. Over 57 per cent of pupils achieved A or B grades, the school said, “We are very proud of our Year 13 students. Despite the current circumstances, this is an excellent set of results and we arethrilled that the High School ...

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Special moments for leavers

The staff at Bicker Prep did not want the end of term to pass without a few treats. An ice cream van came to visit the school on Wednesday afternoon and every child was able to go out with their class ‘bubble’ to choose an ice-lolly from the van. Principal Mrs Page presents one of the Year 6 children with ...

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Unusual goodbye for Ayscoughfee’s leavers

“It’s not like normal, but it’s good and we’re getting Domino’s Pizza on Friday” – the final days of a primary education summed up by a Year 6 pupil at Spalding’s Ayscoughfee Hall School. Attention has been focused on giving the leavers a memorable experience. Unable to perform their usual end of term production, the children and their teacher Theresa ...

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Primary school rated ‘inadequate’

Surfleet Primary School has been rated inadequate by inspectors. It follows an Ofsted inspection held back in February, the report of which was released last week. The school was rated good at its previous inspection in April 2016 but has been told it’s inadequate in the quality of education, leadership and management and in early years provision. It was rated ...

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Schools send their messages

Yet more schools have been showcasing their video-making skills while wishing their pupils well. After we featured St Paul’s Primary School and The Garth School videos last week, more parents have shared their school’s videos. Gosberton Academy’s video. They include St John’s Primary School in Hawthorn Bank, Spalding, which has been passing toilet rolls between each other for a staff ...

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School spreads happiness

A school has helped spread a little happiness by delivering bouquets of flowers. The Lidl Neighbourly Team donated six pallets of flowers to Spalding Parish C of E Day School. They were delivered by local man Dave Leworthy and his son, just in time for all of the Year Six pupils to take a bucket of flowers home for Mother’s ...

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Pupils get tips on staying safe

Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership popped into St Paul’s Community Primary School in Spalding last month to discuss safety. Year Four and Five pupils took part in workshops on the importance of staying safe in a car and wearing cycle helmets when on a bicycle. Seatbelts were the focus for Year Four and their session ended working out whether they were ...

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Spalding special school is ‘outstanding’ across the board

A Spalding school that caters for those with specialist needs has been rated ‘outstanding’ in every category by Ofsted inspectors. The Priory School, which caters for pupils aged 11 to 16, who have a range of needs including Moderate Learning Difficulties, Autism, SEMH and communication issues, has been upgraded from ‘good’ in March 2019. Ofsted were full of praise for ...

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Schools closed from Friday

All schools are to be closed from Friday ‘until further notice’ the government has announced this evening, Thursday. Health secretary Matt Hancock told the Commons that the government expects that all six forms, further colleges and pre-schools are urged to do the same. Primer minister Boris Johnson said: “Looking at the curve of the diseaes we feel we must provide ...

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Ground breakers start phase two

Ground was broken and main construction began on the University of Lincoln’s agri-food research and development facility at the new Food Enterprise Zone (FEZ) in Holbeach on Monday. The milestone represents the next phase of construction following the ground works which began in summer last year, with completion of the building due early next year. Prof Val Braybrooks, Dean of ...

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School to ‘partly close’ due to staffing issues

The Garth School in Spalding is to ‘partly close’ from tomorrow (Wednesday) for the rest of the week due to staffing issues as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak. A statement on the Spalding Special Schools Federation’s Facebook page, states: “The Garth School is partly closed from the 18 to 20 March inclusive. “Due to the COVID19 outbreak, staffing levels ...

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