£253,000 funding

Funding awarded to support Lincolnshire schools

As part of the partnership across Lincolnshire, LEARN are one of the teachings schools being awarded the fund to boost primary school to school support. 

LTTThe Lincolnshire Teaching Schools Together partnership (LTT) has been awarded £253,000 to support pupils aged 9-11. The funding will be used to focus on support for maths under the Lincolnshire Attainment Maths Project (LAMP), so that pupils make the best possible progress through their primary years. 

Sandon School & Ambergate Sports College, Boston Staniland Academy, Witham St Hughs Academy, Bourne pencil logo v3a 1024wWestfield Academy, and Lincoln Mount Street Academy are driving the collaboration and support with other schools as part of this Teaching Schools Together project.  

Councillor Mrs Patricia Bradwell, Executive Councillor for Children’s Services, said: “This welcome funding boost will help ensure support is targeted at the schools that need it most in Lincolnshire. It makes sense that we use the talent, skills and experience of our teaching schools and those that are leading the way in terms of performance to drive improvements in other, more vulnerable schools.”  

primary lessonAdrian Reed, Chief Executive of Boston Witham Academies Federation and Connect, added: “We are delighted to have secured a significant investment in school improvement which goes directly into the classroom to improve outcomes for children. 

“This initiative will see some of our leading teaching schools share best practice, allow us to draw from evidence based-research and provide professional development for teachers in the teaching of maths.”  

The support will come from established local leaders of education and specialist leaders of education, working directly with invited schools. This will ensure that the impact of the programme will have a lasting effect, sustaining the standards expected in the classroom.



Rotary Swimarathon 2018

swimarathon action TR 2Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th February 2018 saw local teams of swimmers taking part in the 29th Annual Rotary Swimarathon.

The swimmers clocked up as many lengths as they could in return for sponsorship, which is given to The Rotary Club of Grantham. The Rotary then donate the money raised to local good causes.

Last year, Isaac Newton Primary School received £1,295 to install sport hall markings and GANF were lucky enough to receive £5,000 towards a brand new Sensory room at Sandon School.

rotaryswimlogoThe event took place at The Mere’s Leisure Centre and both Isaac Newton School and GANF Schools had teams swimming in the challenge with Isaac Newton Primary School pledging nearly £1,800 in sponsorship this year!

Across the weekend a total of 30,014 lengths were swam by all participants, and a total of £29,963 was pledged to the Rotary Club of Grantham. This is expected to rise once all the sponsorship money is in and should then bring the total raised over the 29 years to exceed a staggering £800,000!!

Well done to all our pupils and staff for taking part!

Chair of the event Roger Graves said: “Behind the scenes there are months of planning and on the weekend an awful lot of voluntary work by a constant stream of helpers to ensure it all runs smoothly but it’s made easier by the fantastic support we get from the swimmers, the supporters and the corporate sponsors who cover all the running costs.”

Next year’s Swimarathon will mark the 30th Anniversary and is already booked for 1st to 3rd February 2019.

The Swimarathon’s official film for this year is out now, please view at:


Photos courtesy of The Grantham Journal.


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From small acorns…

C.I.T. grows from three to nine schools in three years

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C.I.T. Academies was formed in 2014, the founding schools were a primary school and two special needs schools in Grantham.  The Trust was formed to ensure the values of Trust, Respect, Outstanding Provision and Personalised Learning remained at the heart of the organisation.


Since 2014 C.I.T. has been joined by six other schools. The Trust supports and challenges its schools to have an ethos and drive to achieve educational excellence, through a child-centred approach, where each individual’s care, wellbeing and developmental needs come first.

The CEO and Trustees feel passionately about education for the next generation.

Peter Bell, CEO, said: “C.I.T. strives to be inclusive and to offer a personalised learning experience for all. This drive for excellence has been recognised in four schools within the Trust being graded Outstanding by Ofsted.

These achievements are driven by a highly dedicated and motivated staff, and a trusting partnership with parents, pupils and the local community.  The Trust also ensures all schools are funded correctly, the efficient financial management to resource effectively, the monitoring of how the schools are performing, along with high levels of support and challenge.”

Schools within the Trust are:

Isaac Newton Primary School, Grantham

GANF - Ambergate Sports College, Grantham

GANF - Sandon School, Grantham

The Priory School, Spalding

The Garth School, Spalding

The John Fielding Special School, Boston

Woodlands Academy, Spilsby

Poplar Farm Primary School, Grantham

Caythorpe Primary School, Grantham

LEARN Teaching School Alliance, Lincolnshire 


Another primary school is currently in consultation and will be joining the Trust in March. 

The growth of the Trust has benefited each school through the ability to attract and retain the best staff to a growing organisation.  The economies of scale has enabled staffing levels and resourcing to remain higher than if the schools were on their own in these troubled economic times.  Through the sharing of good practice across the Trust and utilising the expertise of LEARN Teaching School Alliance, the Trust ensures that staff continue to develop to meet the needs of pupils.

Lincs SEND Provision Consultation

Consultation on new SEND vision for LincolnshireHave your say

Lincolnshire County Council’s Children’s Services has been working with all special school head teachers and Lincolnshire Parent Carer Forum to develop a new strategy for special education in Lincolnshire.

The proposed plans for special schools and SEND provision are both ambitious and exciting. Head Teachers of Lincolnshire’s special schools have been discussing and influencing the development of the strategy for the last 18 months.

At C.I.T. we are confident that the plans for the future will bring about real and lasting improvements for pupils in C.I.T. schools and across Lincolnshire. It is important that you are aware of what Lincolnshire County Council and special school providers are suggesting in their strategy.

You can find out more details by going to www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/SENDcommunities  

You can use the survey to make any comments and suggestions you feel should be considered before any final decisions are made.

The closing date for consultation is Wednesday 14th March 2018.

Voting help!!

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John Fielding School is bidding to bag a cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of up to £4,000, up to £2,000 and £1,000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores awarded to local community projects.

Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

John Fielding School is one of the groups on the shortlist. Their project:

‘Boosting pupil wellbeing through outdoor learning’

Horticulture2John Fielding Special School strive to provide a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum designed to meet the unique needs of all of their pupils. Pupils ages range between 2 -19 Years old and all have severe learning difficulties, some also have an autistic spectrum disorder, epilepsy, a physical disability, sensory impairment, medical needs and/or a communication difficulty.

The staff work hard to develop the skills of our young people so that they are prepared for life beyond school. And this is where the "Boosting pupil's wellbeing" idea came from.

The best way to get the most out of the classroom is to leave it and take learning outside. Outdoor learning can make for happier, healthier, well-rounded students, particularly for those with special educational needs.

John Fielding School has an area on school grounds that has been utilised as best it can as a horticulture area for pupils. This gives the children time to play and explore in the soil, incorporating play and gross motor skills. It also reduces muscle tension and builds endurance and hand dexterity. They have also found it helps lessen negative feelings, anxieties, aggressive tendencies, and helps to reduce tactile defensiveness.

The dream is to expand on the current, basic horticultural area in order to create a fully inclusive and working outdoor environment. They would like to install a wheelchair friendly pathway accessing each work station, 3 composting beds, 5 raised planting beds, an outdoor workspace, and the planting of sensory flowers throughout the area. 

Richard Gamman, Head of School, said:

“We are very lucky to have an area on the school site that we can use for outdoor learning. We have created the current facilities as best we can, but now need a funding injection to make the area fully inclusive so that our wheelchairs can access the work stations and planting beds. If you are shopping in Tesco please support John Fielding School with your tokens, thank you so much”.

Voting is open in all Tesco stores throughout January and February. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £40 million to 9,700 projects up and down the UK. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Alec Brown, Head of Community at Tesco, said:

 “We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for January and February. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see these come to life in hundreds of communities.”

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said:

“We’ve been thrilled to see the diversity of projects that have applied for funding, ranging from outdoor classrooms, sports facilities, community gardens, play areas and everything in between.

“We’re looking forward to learning the results of the customer vote and then supporting each group to bring their project to life.”


Make a DonationC.I.T. Academies is an exempt charity and not for profit organisation. We put learners first in everything that we do and strive to offer our pupils more than an education. We have projects running across all schools within the Trust. If you would like to donate please use the button on the right. Thank you. 

To visit individual school websites, please click on an Academy below... 

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POPLAR FARM PRIMARY SCHOOL - Helmsley Road, Grantham, NG31 8XF. Telephone 01476 515321


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WOODLANDS ACADEMY - Partney Road, Spilsby, Lincs, PE23 1EJ. Telephone 01790 753902

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Isaac Logo ISAAC NEWTON PRIMARY SCHOOL - Dysart Road, Grantham, NG31 7DG. Telephone 01476 568616 Ofsted GOOD

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SPALDING SPECIAL SCHOOLS                                                                               

The Priory School, Neville Avenue, Spalding, PE11 2EH. Telephone 01775 724080.                                             

The Garth School, Pinchbeck Road, Spalding, PE11 1QF. Telephone 01775 725566

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01 Caythorpe use CAYTHORPE PRIMARY SCHOOL - High Street, Caythorpe, NG32 3DR. Telephone 01400 272600 Ofsted GOOD

ganf logov9b fellowship 700 trans GRANTHAM ADDITIONAL NEEDS FELLOWSHIP                                                                                                               Ambergate Sports College, Dysart Road, Grantham, NG31 7LP. Telephone 01476 564957                                   Sandon School, Sandon Close, Grantham, NG31 9AX. Telephone 01476 564994

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John Fielding logo with tree THE JOHN FIELDING SPECIAL SCHOOL - Ashlawn Drive, Boston, PE21 9PX. Telephone 01205 363395  ofsted good 2013 1

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Autumn Park, Dysart Road,   Grantham, NG31 7EU. Telephone 01476 515322