Spalding Schools join CIT

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The Spalding Special Schools Federation has converted to Academy status and joined C.I.T.

As from 1st March 2016, The Priory School, The Garth School and John Fielding School have become Academies. This means that Priory, Garth and John Fielding Schools are now essentially independent schools that are funded directly from central government. 

The Priory School supports the needs of pupils aged 11 to 16, all of whom have Moderate Learning Difficulties and many of whom have Autistic Spectrum Disorder and Social Communication Difficulties. The Garth School and John Fielding Schools meet the needs of pupils aged between 2 and 19 and are well equipped to meet their complex, severe and Profound Learning Difficulties. 

Daran Bland, Executive Head, “This marks a really exciting time in the history of all three special schools. Education is going through a significant period of change and uncertainty, with schools having to adapt to life with ever decreasing capacity within Local Authorities.  We have chosen to convert to academy status and join C.I.T following careful consideration of the options available to us. It is our firm belief that working in partnership with colleagues at C.I.T will lead to further improved outcomes for pupils across our family of schools, both now and into the future.”

All three schools now join The Community Inclusive Trust (C.I.T.).

Peter Bell, C.I.T. Chief Executive, added, “CIT and I are delighted to be formalising the long standing working relationship with Mr Bland and his staff, through the Garth, Priory and John Fielding joining the Community Inclusive Trust as Academies.  As a Trust we will continue to work in partnership with the schools to provide the highest level of education available.”

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