Education

A heart-warming gesture

Spalding Academy have made a heart-warming gesture to help young people who may be the same age as themselves. Following a collection at the school they’ve donated two bags full of clothes for the Coats for Kids initiative. The charity has been set up to help provide coats to young people who might otherwise not be able to afford one ...

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Baby Eva is fourth generation for school

Spalding’s Ayscoughfee Hall School has taken the first registration of the new decade with ex-pupil and current Teaching Assistant, Tori Grundy and her partner, Danny, registering their new daughter, Eva Rose, within a day of the primary school returning after the Christmas break. Eva, born on December 21, joins several other new babies already registered during the centenary celebrations of ...

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Special schools get ready for merger

Ahead of their proposed 2022 merger, two Spalding Special Schools have announced interim heads who will oversee the process. The Garth and The Priory schools are set to become one school for all ages and all needs from January of that year. The previous Executive Headteacher for both, Daran Bland, is now on a two-year secondment with the Spalding Specials ...

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Pupils brighten building site

Artwork produced at Spalding Grammar School is making a building site in the town look more attractive, thanks to a former student’s business. Burmor Projects is building 20 social housing units in Willow Walk and managing director Luke Boekestijn came up with the idea to brighten up the site’s hoardings. The firm, which is based at Market Deeping, is registered ...

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Protect children around schools

Two parents are calling for better road safety measures around Spalding schools and are urging motorists to have more patience. Carl Rout, whose 12-year-old daughter attends Spalding High School, is campaigning to local councillors asking for pedestrian crossings in the vicinity, including ones safely close to the Halmer Gate/Stone Gate junction. And just down the road Mark Le Sage has ...

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A scrum-ptious way to learn

Gosberton House Academy held a Rugby World Cup scouting for school’s afternoon to celebrate the start of the tournament in Japan. In their classes children learnt a ‘haka’ and designed their own team kits, rugby balls, colouring in flags of the countries and building up fact files about the competing nations. The whole school signed a Japanese flag that represents ...

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St Paul’s School rated ‘inadequate’

A Spalding school has been branded ‘inadequate’ by inspectors. St Paul’s Community Primary and Nursery School on Queen’s Road was inspected by Ofsted on June 25 and 26 this year. The inspector branded the school ‘inadequate’ in the categories of leadership and management, quality of teaching learning and outcomes for pupil. It was classed as ‘requires improvement’ in the categories ...

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Old and young open new block

A school’s oldest former pupil and its youngest schoolboy have opened a new part of the school that celebrates its 100th anniversary. Former Ayscoughfee School pupil Ian Smith (90) helped cut the ribbon on the school’s new Infant Centenary Block on Friday (September 20). He was joined by the school’s youngest pupil, Philip Sneath, who is aged three years and ...

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School chef in line for award

The head chef at two Spalding special schools has been served up a nomination for a national award. Helen Swanson oversees the cooking at The Priory and The Garth schools and is in line for the Newcomer of the Year in the Educating Excellence Awards. The awards take place at the Royal Garden Hotel in London on October 8. Helen ...

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Community charity donates thousands

A Holbeach charitable organisation has celebrated donating almost £27,000 since the start of the year. Chosen Charity, which operates two shops in Holbeach and gives directly to local causes, shared out £26,980 between more than 20 causes between January 1 and August 1 this year, it was announced at its AGM last week. Chosen was started by Mary Cooper and ...

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Referee and musician among the professions being sought by Spalding Grammar School pupils

From refereeing, to musicianship to law, Spalding Grammar School pupils are looking at a host of different careers after picking up their GCSE results. Luke Hood would eventually like to become a professional referee and at the age of 16 is already qualified enough to referee Peterborough and District League games as well as run the line for the likes ...

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Spalding High School students hit new heights

The careers of a host of Spalding High School students have lift off after they picked up their GCSE results today (Thursday). In total 150 students achieved 1,626 GCSE qualifications with 41 per cent of those at grades nine to seven, the equivalent of the previous A* to B. It includes 99 per cent of students achieved the “standard pass” ...

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Spalding Academy students shine

Students at Spalding Academy School are celebrating after some excellent GCSE results. The school says that the results show improvement for the third year in a row and students continue to be above the national average. On the new vocational BTEC programme they enjoyed a 100 per cent pass rate. Top performers included Julija Bindzaite, Matthew Walker, Katie Wiliamson and Luke ...

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Holbeach principal praises pupils’ ‘outstanding performance’ in GCSEs

GCSE students collected their results at University Academy Holbeach this morning (Thursday) were met with praise from the school’s executive principal who was celebrating the school’s results. Executive Principal Steven Baragwanath said the school’s results were down to “the hard work from everyone concerned”. The year group had a 100 per cent pass rate in a number of subjects, including Biology, ...

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Grammar School delighted with “best ever” results

Top future professionals had a day to remember as Spalding Grammar School claimed its “best ever” A Level results. Students at the school particularly excelled at engineering and mathematics as the school recorded fantastic grades. They include Bradley Ivatt who earned 2 A*s and an A to book a place reading Maths at Cambridge and Will Hughes whose 4 A*s ...

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Fantastic results at Spalding High School

There was plenty of celebrations as the bright young things at Spalding High School celebrated excellent A Level results. Flori and Eliza Margaritescu picked up 3 A*, 4A and a B between them, despite the fact they’ve only been in the British education system for the last two years. After their mother moved to the country from Romania to work ...

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Great day for UAH as A-Level results improve again

University Academy Holbeach students celebrated this morning alongside teachers and staff as an increase in A-Level pass grades was once again recorded. The UAH sixth-form building was packed out this morning with pupils collecting their BTEC and A-Level results. Executive Principal Steven Baragwanath said: “I’m really pleased. I’m very pleased with the results. The pass rate’s gone up, we’ve gone ...

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A blooming great idea for centenary

Holbeach family firm Taylors Bulbs is celebrating its centenary by launching a nationwide competition to get more children planting bulbs. In October over 150 garden centres and schools will be taking part in Little Daffodils and encouraging kids to plant bulbs in their own pots and watch them flower the next spring. Taylors Bulbs are the UK’s leading supplier of ...

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Superskill Tom’s the top man

A Spalding 19-year-old has served up two awards after excelling at Peterborough College. Tom Hannam won the Excellence in Skills Award and was a finalist in the outstanding contribution to England and Maths award at the recent ceremony at Peterborough Cathedral. And it topped a busy night for the Catering and Hospitality student who was the chef serving up a ...

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Rotary buys school a life-saver

Representatives from The Rotary Club of South Holland visited The Priory School in Spalding to hand over a brand new defibrillator. The Priory School supports pupils aged 11 to 16, who have a range of needs including moderate learning difficulties, autism, SEMH and communication issues. The school has always had use of a defibrillator stationed next door to them at ...

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