Education

Duo in step for national award

Two Spalding Academy students have won a national prize for urban dancing. Alfie Edwards and Danielle Dixey picked up first place in the Be You competition’s Hip Hop and Street category. The pair, who are also part of the Crowland Cheer and Dance group, did their own choreography and performance for the event held online. It was the first time ...

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Great mark for academy

A school has been recognised for the lessons it puts on outdoors. Gosberton House Academy has been given the Learning Outside the Classroom Silver Mark thanks to the lessons it conducts in line with the programme. Those include exploring the school’s grounds to the ‘minibeast hotel’ to the sensory garden and enjoying the tyre swings. A spokesman for the school, ...

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Joseph’s legacy will live on at The Garth

Children at a Spalding special school helped open a new play area in memory of a former schoolmate on what would have been his 15th birthday. A new sensory room has been unveiled at The Garth School thanks to money that was raised by the family of Joseph Bradshaw, who died in April. When he was born, Joseph, of Moulton ...

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School’s mosaic is taking shape

Staff and children at a Spalding school have been getting stuck in with a huge art project that will mark the 50th anniversary of specialist schools being set up. The Priory school has enlisted artist Fiona Gurney to create a mosaic similar to the ones she created to mark the Olympic torch passing through the area in 2012, one of ...

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Head among school retirees

Ayscoughfee Hall School has thanked retiring teachers including its headteacher. Clare Ogden has been in the position for the last nine years and has been a teacher for 39 years. The current deputy head Theresa Wright is to take on the role. Mrs Ogden said: “Truly great schools don’t suddenly exist. You nurture brilliant teachers first; you have the right ...

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Art celebrating education

A special art project celebrating inclusive education has been boosted with a cheque presentation. The Priory School Art Project will see local artist Fiona Gurney create a large mosaic for display at the front of the school. This year marks the 50th anniversary of implementation of law for education to include children with severe learning disabilities and Spalding Lions presented ...

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School’s Hilltop adventure

Year Five and Six students at Ayscoughfee Hall School have been challenging themselves on a residential trip to Hilltop Camp in Sheringham. The four day trip to Norfolk was a huge success. A spokesman said: “The children whizzed down zip wires, climbed, abseiled, rode bikes, fired arrows, created amazing woodland shelters, gathered wood to light fires to heat water and ...

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Pupils join Euros footie fun

Football is currently all the rage with the delayed Euros tournament being played out on our screens most days. As part of the international fun Gosberton House Academy pupils have been designing their own striking football kits. They have also been putting together fact files on the countries that are taking part and they have been taking part in the ...

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School’s ‘exciting’ expansion

Spalding Academy has announced plans to expand. The Neville Avenue school says it’s had a recent increase in pupils and is making efforts to ensure the building itself expands accordingly. The first of the planned improvements will be revamped PE changing facilities. That’s set to be followed by doubling the music rooms before an eight classroom block and the refurbishment ...

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Sporting crazy socks and hair

The Pupil School Council at Spalding’s Ayscoughfee Hall School recently raised £150 for charity. Headteacher Clare Odgen said: “With their usual care and compassion, the children have overwhelmingly chosen to support the RSPCA on this occasion, as they feel more animals than usual have been neglected due to the COVID situation and the RSPCA will have been unable to fundraise ...

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Pupils walk 800km for funds

Pupils at Gosberton Academy went more than the extra mile to raise money for the school. All the children walked more than 5km on a route around the village to add up to 800km. They teamed-up with Gosberton House Care Home and during their lap of the village, children delivered flowers, letters and poems to residents. “It’s been a tough ...

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Poultry in motion for Priory pupils

Pupils at The Priory School have been learning about chickens. They enjoyed a jam-packed day recently learning about the science of eggs, farming poultry and birds within the countryside with Kids Country’s ‘Happy Chicks Day’ event. It’s delivered into schools, in partnership with sponsors Central England Co-operative and the Happy Chicks Company. Lesley Perry, teacher at The Priory School, Spalding, ...

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Extra students for Academy

Spalding Academy is set to expand by up to another 150 students as the town continues to grow. Plans have been submitted for a new eight-classroom teaching block at the site and will allow growth of 30 pupils a year over the next five years or so. The academy has been identified for additional places to meet the county council’s ...

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School’s tree-mendous boost

A Spalding school’s outdoor area has been given a spruce up which will allow even more of its pupils to access it. The Priory School has received a £4,000 donation from the The Nineveh Charitable Trust, part of which will help make its Forest School accessible to wheelchairs. The Spalding Special Schools Federation, which includes The Priory and The Garth ...

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Celebrating all things on Earth

A group of South Holland pupils put the world on their shoulders to celebrate Earth Day last week. A range of activities were carried out at Wygate Park Academy to mark the day which emphasised the importance of our planet and the fact it needs looking after. Children were allowed to wear blue and green clothes and some of them ...

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School’s yellow ribbon tribute

A South Holland primary school is awash with yellow after staff, pupils and families adorned the fence with ribbons as part of the National Day of Reflection. Whaplode Church of England Primary held a minute’s silence last Tuesday when the nation looked back at a year since the outbreak of a pandemic. All the children currently in school and members ...

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Tuck shops give charity boosts

Pupils at a Spalding primary school have raised more than £2,000 for charity through their tuck shops. Children at St John the Baptist Primary School have chosen to support four charities that are special to them and cheques have been given to The Lily Foundation (£500), The British Heart Foundation (£300), Macmillan Cancer Support (£500) and Spalding Rotary Club (£200). ...

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Donate laptops to help with learning

Local businesses Ark ICT and Simply Magazines have teamed up to help families source equipment required to aid home learning. It’s estimated around nine per cent of children in the UK do not have access to a laptop, desktop or tablet at home and with many children expected to learn from home during the current lockdown it’s vital they have ...

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Funding boost for special schools

Millions of pounds of extra funding has been sourced to help fund new facilities at specialist schools in Lincolnshire, including at The Garth and Priory schools, as well as Gosberton Academy. A further £30m has been sourced for the five-year projet to improve 13 schools taking the total to £86m. The newly pledged £30m includes half new funding from Lincolnshire ...

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New facilities block officially opened at Garth School

Staff and students at a Spalding special school have celebrated the official opening of a new facilities block. The Garth School, which caters for pupils with complex and profound learning difficulties, has been remodelled to create five new classrooms with external play space. Headteacher Claire Moore said the new extension will ‘transform’ the learning environment at the school. An appeal ...

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