German exchange trip 2017

GANF’s annual German exchange trip a roaring success!

8 pupils, 3 staff, 8 nights, 2 airports, 2 schools and 100's of amazing memories…it could only be the 2017 German exchange trip! German17

Back in July GANF pupils and staff jetted off to Germany for their annual school partnership trip.

GANF Schools have been partnered with KBZO in Weingarten, Germany, for 8 years. To find out more click here… 

Throughout the week’s exchange programme the team had an amazing time, taking part in loads of activities and integrating with the German pupils into everyday life at KBZO School. 

GANF ran a daily blog on their Facebook page, it was jam packed with exciting and funny stories of what the pupils got up to. To catch up on the blog please click here…

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LEARN holds first SEND conference

LEARN Teaching School are proud to announce that they will be hosting their first conference bringing practitioners together to discuss effective provision for all our children.

LEARN will be holding the SEND Conference in March 2018 at Ramada Resort, Grantham.

They are proud to be leading, in partnership with the Lincolnshire Learning Partnership.LTT

The conference is called ‘Unite’ with its aim to bring together all practitioners from Primary, Secondary, Special & Mainstream sectors with the intention of improving outcomes for all children with a special or additional need.

LEARN are pleased to be able to announce that they have two fabulous keynote speakers who will be highlighting the key message of the conference: collaboration, and sharing their wealth of knowledge and experience in supporting children and families.

Introducing Sharon Grey...

SharonSharon has a wealth of experience in both mainstream and special schools. She has successfully led struggling schools into communities which embrace her belief of ‘authentic inclusion’.  Her philosophy is to empower everyone to realise their potential as a successful leader & lifelong learner.


Introducing Bernard Allen...

BernardBernard will close our conference with his findings and beliefs based on the latest neuroscience research of motivation, mood management & self-control.

There are a wide variety of workshops for delegates to choose from; with all meeting National & Local priorities and many being led by LEARN TSA members.

Workshops include:

Collaborative Working, Chatta, Rochford Review, The role of the SEND Governor, Emotional wellbeing for adults, High functioning ASD within the Secondary sector.

A range of support agencies have also been invited to form part of the conference marketplace, which promises to be a useful opportunity to find out about their roles, contact details and possible involvement in school.

Bookings are now open, the delegate rate for attending is £75.

To book your place (s) at the conference, email us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call 01476 515322.

Lincolnshire Careers Event

GANF Pupils Visit Careers Event

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On Thursday 4th October a group of students from Ambergate Sports College visited the Lincolnshire Showground to take part in an interactive construction and learning event.

The event was organised by the Lincoln Group Training Association (LGTA) in conjunction with CITB and Lincolnshire & Rutland EBP.  The objective was to hold a career taster event for Lincolnshire school children to introduce them into the construction industry.  

Our Ambergate Upper School students really enjoyed the opportunity to access and learn about the various construction workshops.  They were extremely engaged in what they were presented with.  Each student said that they really enjoyed the day, had great hands on learning and felt the visit was valuable. 

The students were accompanied by Work Experience Coordinator Mrs Corrall, along with Teaching Assistants, Miss Elson and Mrs Evans.  The students conducted themselves in an extremely mature, engaging manner and were a credit to themselves and to GANF Schools.

£500k Funding

Teaching Schools awarded almost £500k of funding to support Lincolnshire Primaries

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As part of the partnerships of teaching schools across the county, LEARN are one of 5 teachings schools being awarded almost £500,000 to boost school to school support in 41 primary schools. LTT

The funding, totalling £495,758, will go to Lincolnshire Teaching Schools Together Partnerships (LTT) and will be used to focus on closing the attainment gap of the most vulnerable children in the county.

Literacy-based support will assist head teachers and their staff to deliver high quality classroom teaching to ensure all children are able to access the curriculum and make the best possible progress through their primary years.pencil logo v3a 1024w

The teaching school partners leading the project are LEARN, Connect, Equate, Keystone, and Kyra.

Councillor Patricia Bradwell, Executive Councillor for Children’s Services at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “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.

“This welcome funding boost will help ensure support is targeted at the schools that need it most in Lincolnshire.”

The Lincolnshire English Attainment Project (LEAP) is set to give a positive boost and support to a number of rural schools that often face unique challenges.

The support will come from established school head teachers and specialist leaders of education, directly to those working in targeted schools.

Marie-Claire Bretherton, chair of Lincolnshire Teaching Schools Together, added: “The project aims to reduce the attainment gap for disadvantaged children and vulnerable groups in primary schools by improving literacy and communication skills.

“Schools which need support will be given resources and knowledge to review and refine their approach to closing the gap in literacy, alongside a proven package of interventions and programmes aimed at supporting disadvantaged children and vulnerable groups.

“We anticipate this is only the start of the pledged government funding being directed straight into the classrooms. If we can reach our targets with this funding, it will put us in a good position for future grant bids from national budgets.”

The LEAP project will run over five terms until the spring of 2019.

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Sensory Room Goal in sight!

John Fielding Special School receives £5,000 donation!

We are excited to announce that we have been awarded a £5,000 grant from The Medlock Charitable Trust. This great news means we are getting even closer to our target and will soon be able to install the much needed bespoke sensory equipment at John Fielding Special School.medlock trust

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.

We 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 very grateful to The Medlock Trust for this funding.  Our staff and volunteers have already worked so hard to raise over £5,000 themselves, now with this boost from Medlock, we are on a running total of £10,069! We now need a final push to reach our goal of £23,000 in order to 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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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

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