British Council International Award

British Council International School Award success for Sandon School British Council International Award 3

Sandon School has been awarded the intermediate level of the British Council’s prestigious International School Award in recognition of its work to bring the world into the classroom.

The International School Award celebrates the achievements of schools that do exceptional work in international education. Fostering an international dimension in the curriculum is at the heart of the British Council’s work with schools, so that young people gain the cultural understanding and skills they need for life work in today’s world.

Sandon School’s international work included the study of Diwali, the introduction of a pen pal programme with KBZO School in Germany, and taking part in ‘International Day’, when the pupils researched individual countries and cultures.  

On hearing the news that Sandon School had achieved intermediate level of the award, Stela Plamenova, Headteacher, said: “We are very proud to have been awarded The International School Award because it provides the ideal framework for coordinating international activity and focusing on global themes.

It gives our pupils an opportunity to be exposed to different cultures and prepare them for the future in our changing society. There is a high level of pupil and local community engagement with our yearly exchange visits to KBZO School in Germany, which is a great learning opportunity.”

Stephen Hull, Senior Project Manager at the British Council, said: “Sandon School’s international work has earned the school well-deserved recognition in the form of the British Council International School Award - Intermediate Certificate. 

The school’s dedication to internationalism is enriching education for its pupils: the collaborative projects with partner schools abroad bring an essential global dimension to learning and encourage the development of skills children need to be global citizens of the future. Teachers at Sandon have been linking up with colleagues overseas to share successful classroom practice and resources to make this all happen. 

Embedding an international ethos across a school can lead to full International School Award accreditation and schools looking to join this supporting and engaging network should contact us at the British Council”. 

The award is now available worldwide in countries such as India, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Lebanon, Cyprus, and Pakistan. Around 5,500 International School Awards have been presented to successful schools in the UK since the scheme began in 1999.

The International School Award encourages and supports schools to develop:

An international ethos embedded throughout the school

A whole school approach to international work

Collaborative curriculum-based work with a number of partner schools

Year-round international activity

Involvement of the wider community

Star pupils at Spalding Special Schools!

Young artists from both The Priory and The Garth Schools have been designing Christmas cards for MP John Garth and Sedge Estate AgentsHayes and Spalding estate agents, Sedge Homes.

Sedge Homes have recently adopted The Garth School as their charity for the year and, thanks to artists at the school, have sent out Christmas cards featuring a collection of their designs.

They were bowled over by all of the Christmas scenes but picked the entry from Zuzanna as the winner because the 12-year-old painted it with her right foot!

Garth SedgeSonia Rolfe, Sales and Office Manager at Sedge Homes, said: “Zuzanna hasn’t got very good movement in her hands so that was quite a big thing for her to draw a face on a star, on top of a Christmas tree.

“We have bought Zuzanna a singing reindeer because she loves reindeer and anything that sings and dances.”

Both The Garth School and The Priory School entered the MP John Hayes annual Christmas card competition. The winners also included Lily Walmsley (12) from The Priory School and Toby Smith (10) and James Calvey (age 15) from The Garth School.


Well done to all the pupils! 

£10,000 Lottery Award

Woodlands Academy awarded £10,000 from the National Lottery!  awards for all logo

Woodlands Academy are thrilled to announce they have been awarded a £10,000 grant from The National Lottery Awards for All Scheme. This great news means that installation of an outdoor Parkour Circuit can now begin and intern engage the students more at playtimes.

Woodlands Academy is a Specialist Secondary School for SEMH pupils (Social, Emotional, and Mental Health).Every child has an Educational Health Care Plan (Statement of Special Educational Needs). Their needs are complex with many of the pupils having an additional diagnoses of ASD, Asperger’s Syndrome, ODD, OCD and attachment disorder, to name but a few.Parkour example2

For these reasons, traditional approaches to physical fitness and emotional wellbeing often do not engage or motivate our pupils. However, many of the pupils are very interested in Parkour and currently engage in free running activities within their communities, often placing themselves at risk of serious injury and criminal activity (trespass or damage to community property). We strongly believe that the installation of a Parkour Circuit within the safety of the school grounds will enable us to engage, motivate and enthuse the students to make positive choices about their health, physical fitness and mental wellbeing.


Parkour is an attractive discipline because there is no right or wrong way to carry out a move. Pupils will be free to use their imagination and be as creative as they wish about the way in which they challenge themselves. It is an extremely physical sport and attractive to young people, engaging them in exercise in a non-traditional way. Parkour practiced safely, offers many health benefits both physical and mental including: losing weight, keeping fit, improving co-ordination and balance, having fun and raising endorphin levels to improve mood.

Chris Armond, Executive Headteacher, said, “We would like to say a huge thank you to the Lottery, for their significant donation that will allow us to begin installation of the Parkour circuit. We are fundraising internally to try and make up the shortfall of the £15,000 target. This new facility is going to give the children a fantastic opportunity to be regularly active throughout the day, heightening the importance of safety and living a healthy life style.”

Caythorpe joins C.I.T.

01 Caythorpe useCaythorpe Primary School, Ofsted-rated “Good” in March this year, has converted to academy status and joined C.I.T. Academies.

Caythorpe School is a mainstream primary school within the village of Caythorpe.  Following a consultation period the Governing Body met on 19th October to consider all of the information and feedback gathered and to make a final decision about the school's future. At this meeting, it was agreed that the school would convert to an Academy as part of the Community Inclusive Trust.

Head of School, Katie Brockington, “I am really excited about Caythorpe Primary School joining C.I.T. and converting to become an academy. We will maintain our all-important individuality whilst benefiting from a supportive extended family. I am confident that C.I.T. will open new doors for the school to ensure that pupils and staff continue to move forward and achieve their full potential.”Caythorpe pupils2

Caythorpe joining C.I.T moves the number of schools within the trust to 9:- Grantham Additional Needs Fellowship (Ambergate Sports College and Sandon School), Isaac Newton Primary School in Grantham, The Spalding Special Schools Fellowship (The Priory School and The Garth School), Woodlands Academy in Spilsby, The John Fielding Special School in Boston and Poplar Farm Primary School in Grantham.

Peter Bell, C.I.T. Chief Executive, added: “Over the past 14 months, staff from C.I.T. have been working in partnership with Caythorpe's Governors to provide interim leadership for the school.  They have provided high levels of challenge and support to improve outcomes for the pupils. I am delighted that Caythorpe has converted to an Academy, this will cement the relationship between C.I.T., Caythorpe Primary and the local community.”



£13,000 Donation!

John Fielding Special School receives £13,000 donation!

John Fielding School are thrilled to announce that they have received a whopping £13,000 donation from Freshtime UK in Boston. This fantastic news means that installation of the much needed bespoke sensory equipment can now commence!.Freshtime UK logo

John Fielding Special School provides a broad and differentiated curriculum designed to meet the unique needs of all their pupils. Pupils can range in age from 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.

They currently have a sensory room that was devised 9 years ago and fundraised for internally. The equipment is used on a daily basis and is now in a poor state of repair.  Many items have had to be removed completely and the room is now mostly used as a calming space for pupils.

The space requires complete refurbishment and the purchase of new bespoke sensory equipment.

Karen Smith, Head of Site, “We are so grateful to Freshtime UK for this donation.  Our staff and volunteers have already worked so hard to raise over £5,000 themselves, now with this massive boost from Freshtime we are in a postion to begin the refurbishment and make a huge difference to our pupils.”

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

 ofsted outstanding 2014 2015

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