Isaac Newton Pen Pals

Isaac Newton pupils pair up in pen pal scheme

Isaac Pen Pal storyIsaac Newton Primary School pupils have been learning about what life is like for schoolchildren in Australia, as part of a pen pal scheme. Pupils in Years 1, 2, 3 and 5, have been paired up with children of similar ages from down under!

Year One teacher Rebecca Collishaw, initiated the scheme, “We wanted to give the children a real experience to develop their love for writing, so thought that having a pen pal might be a fun idea. Geography is also a big part of the curriculum and so we wanted to try and combine the two by finding pen pals from somewhere else in the world that we could learn about.”

Rebecca posted an ad on an online teaching resource site, appealing for pen friends on an Australian forum. She added: “We had lots of interest from schools across Australia and it was hard to pick just one, but eventually we managed to link with Melrose Park Public School in Sydney.”

Rebecca added: “It was wonderful to see just how enthusiastic the children were about writing their letters. They were really keen to get out lots of maps.”

The scheme proved so popular that it wasn’t long before the majority of year groups across both schools ended up writing to each other too! Pupils at Isaac Newton sent photos of themselves, their playground and classrooms, but it was a few weeks before the parcel arrived in Australia.

As the holidays fall at different times in both countries, pupils at Isaac Newton had to wait until after their summer break for their replies. Rebecca added: “Their letters actually arrived on our first day back at school, so it was a great way to start the new school year.”

7 year old Victoria was thrilled to receive a letter from her pen friend Sophie. She said: “I really like that I have made a new friend and that we have the same hobbies including dancing.”

Olivia, also aged 7, said: “I really enjoyed reading my letter from my pen friend Xante. Getting a letter in the post was very exciting.”

[Pictured above: Teacher, Rebecca Collishaw with Year 3 pupils, Olivia, Ember, Brooke and Victoria. Photograph courtesy of The Grantham Journal]

Lottery Award for Ambergate!

Ambergate Sports College awarded £10,000 from The National Lottery! 

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Ambergate Sports College is pleased to announce they have been awarded a £10,000 grant from The National Lottery Awards for All Scheme. This great news means that an installation of outdoor exercise equipment can now begin and intern engage the children more at playtimes. 

We are lucky at Ambergate Sports College, we have a large playground space however equipment to engage pupils in is a bit sparse. At Ambergate we promote healthy living constantly and want to offer our pupils more fun ways to keep fit.

We have now installed a double health walker, double slalom skier, horse rider, sky stepper, a rower and Tai Chi discs.  To complete the area we have had rubber mulch safety surfacing installed.

James Ellis, Headteacher, said, “We would like to say a huge thank you to the Lottery for their significant donation that will allow us to install external gym equipment. This is going to give the children a fantastic opportunity to be regularly active throughout the day, heightening the importance of living a healthy life style.”

Listen to Mr Ellis on BBC Radio Lincolnshire, talking about the great new facility....LISTEN HERE....

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Isaac - GOOD Ofsted

Isaac Newton Primary School is a 'Good’ school says Ofsted

Ofsted Inspectors visited Isaac Newton Primary School on 13th and 14th September 2017.Isaac Ofsted happy kids  Ofsted GOOD 

Ofsted reported, “The Headteacher, supported well by senior leaders, has improved all aspects of the school. Leaders share a common vision of aspiration and high attainment for all pupils.

“The quality of teaching, learning and assessment is good. Leaders and governors ensure that the frequent monitoring of teaching standards and pupils’ attainment leads to pupils making good progress across the curriculum.”

Ofsted added, “The trust has provided good support to school leaders and governors. Team leaders, in particular, welcome professional development and the opportunity to moderate pupils’ work with other schools.”

They also conveyed that Leaders responsible for the early years and for pupils who have special educational needs and/or disabilities are knowledgeable and ensure that these pupils make good progress.

Head Teacher of Isaac Newton School, Paul Hill, said “As a school we have known that we are providing the pupils with a great education for some time and it is fantastic that OFSTED have recognised this.  Since arriving in January 2014 it has been obvious that the school has an extremely talented and dedicated staff and I am delighted that this is made clear within the report.” 

Peter Bell, CEO of C.I.T. said, “I am delighted that the hard work by all the staff, governors, pupils and leadership from Paul Hill, has been duly recognised by a grade of ‘Good’ and a fabulous Ofsted report.” 

Ofsted inspectors were impressed with the schools warm and welcoming environment that celebrates pupils’ successes through displays in classrooms and corridors. The school is highly inclusive, and all feel valued and welcome.

[Photograph courtesy of Grantham Journal]

Northumberland Trip

NCFE Level 1 Photography trip to Northumberland

Pupils from Woodlands Academy have just returned from a photographic adventure to Hadrian’s Wall, 6

They travelled up to Northumberland and stayed at ‘The Sill’ which is a newly constructed Youth Hostel costing nearly fifteen million pounds. As you can imagine the accommodation was fantastic!

Once they arrived the pupils unpacked and settled into their surroundings, which was only a five minute walk to Hadrian’s Wall! Having found their bearings, the first night was spent at the Sill enjoying home-cooked food and then heading out into the grounds of to do some light photography.

The next morning was a leisurely start before heading out onto the hills to capture the atmosphere of the rugged and beautiful landscapes of Northumberland.  The conditions were far from ideal for photographers, with bright sunshine and clear blue skies.  As they walked the wall, the conditions gradually improved with an assortment of cloud formations passing above our heads filing the huge skies that greet enthusiastic walkers and photographers to this part of the country.

website 1The pupils spent the whole day walking and photographing the impressive scenery (as you can see from the pupils’ work shown).  This will enhance their NCFE Level 1 photography portfolio along with learning how a professional landscape photographer works in the field.

In the evening, having headed into Haltwhistle for a well-earned fish and chip supper, the pupils and staff headed for a local quarry to hopefully photograph a dramatic sunset.  Unfortunately the sunset didn’t materialise so they continued with our theme of light photography by spinning steel wool, producing some excellent and exciting photography.

Having spent a day and half exploring and photographing the amazing scenery we headed back to school early on the Wednesday morning, knowing we had fulfilled our photographic brief to capture the amazing Northumberland countryside in our own distinct style.    website 4

Photography Teacher, Laurie Reed, said, “The Photography students from Woodlands Academy continue to amaze me through their commitment, engagement and their enthusiasm towards their photography lessons and field trips. Some of the photography they produced whilst away on this residential trip is to such a high standard the photography department will be selling and promoting the pupils work. The trip encouraged independence and a sense of personal responsibility which will enhance the pupils’ classroom learning, adding opportunities pupils may not otherwise have had.”

The second element to the visit was “The Roman Wall”, as one Woodlands Academy student is studying Latin GCSE. As consolidation for the cultural element of the course, we visited two Roman forts, one at Housesteads and the other at Vindolanda.  Both presented different stories and environments, one being a later wall fort and the other being an earlier fortification pre-dating the wall.  The wealth of remains allowed our students to consolidate knowledge about fort layout and quality of building, as well as seeing the amazing Vindolanda tablets – Latin everyday messages written on wood and preserved in the ditches around the fort, until excavated.

They even managed to talk to some volunteer archaeologists, who showed us some recent findings from fresh trenches.  It was an amazing experience!

Steel Signing/Bolt Tightening Ceremony

Community Inclusive Trust (C.I.T. Academies) announced in April it would be opening a brand new mainstreamPoplar Farm 01 primary school in Grantham in September 2018. Building work on Poplar Farm School began during the summer months and is now well underway and on schedule for completion next summer.

The latest phase was commemorated last week with the signing of the steels and tightening of the bolts that will form the structure of the school. The steel was signed by Peter Bell, CEO of C.I.T; Paul Boucher, Chair of The Trust Board; Jenny Wheeldon, Principal Designate of Poplar Farm Primary School and Tim Russell, Project Manager for Wates Construction, the contractor building the school.

Poplar Farm 08Peter Bell, CEO of C.I.T, said: “C.I.T. is delighted with the progress of the build. It’s exciting to see a state of the art educational facility being built in Grantham through the close partnership of C.I.T. and the Local Authority.

“Poplar Farm School will meet the need for the area’s growing population as generated by the Newton’s Place housing development. We look forward to welcoming our first cohort of Reception children through the doors in September 2018.

“Staff from C.I.T., the LA and Wates Construction have worked together over the past two years to reach the point where a physical building is now taking shape. The signing of the steel is an acknowledgment of everyone’s hard work. We look forward to seeing this amazing facility develop over the coming months.”

Councillor Mrs Patricia Bradwell, Executive Councillor for Children's Services, Lincolnshire County Council, Poplar Farm 06said: "This is an exciting new development which will give more choice for children and parents as well as providing additional school places for families moving into the new housing development. We have supported this scheme with significant funding and look forward to seeing a top-class facility for the whole community to benefit from."

John Carlin, Business Unit Director for Wates Construction Midlands, commented: “This event was a fantastic opportunity for the key stakeholders on this significant project to celebrate the progress we’ve made to date. There are numerous aspects of this development that make it fascinating to work on – from its location on a steep hill to the use of cutting edge technology to enhance environmental features. We look forward to continuing our partnership with C.I.T. and the Local Authority to produce a truly modern primary school that will provide the best possible learning environment for the children of Grantham.

“As the project continues, we remain committed to using a local supply chain and providing training opportunities for members of the local community, ensuring our presence in Grantham results not only in a state-of-the-art new school, but also a skills and employment boost for the wider community.”

The new 420 capacity school will cater for 4 – 11 year olds and is being built with modern learning in mind. There will be break out rooms built alongside the classrooms for individual quiet learning, along with a large indoor sport hall.  The school has been designed to introduce as much natural light as possible and will come complete with outstanding outdoor facilities including playing fields, multi-use sport courts, and modern outdoor play areas.

Poplar Farm School will be taking 2018 reception place applications from 13th November 2017, via the Local Authority Admissions process. Please visit:

Wates Construction

Wates Construction has a long track record of providing more for less to its clients across both the public and private sectors. Working on projects across a variety of different areas, including education, commercial, heritage, local authority frameworks and mixed-use, Wates Construction specialises in maximising value by finding the most intelligent and creative ways to deliver outstanding buildings.

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Justin Ward, Project Manager for LCC

Cllr Jacky Smith, SKDC

Tim Russell, Project Manager for Wates Construction

Paul Boucher, Chair of C.I.T. Trust Board

Jenny Wheeldon, Principal of Poplar Farm School

Peter Bell, CEO of C.I.T. Academies]

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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

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