Ambergate - Outstanding Ofsted

Ambergate Sports College gets ‘Outstanding’ from Ofsted Ofsted photoOfsted Outstanding OP Colour

Ofsted Inspectors visited Ambergate on 27th June 2017.  It has been 4 years since their last inspection.

This school continues to be outstanding.

Ofsted reported, “The leadership team has maintained the outstanding quality of education in the school since the last inspection because you and your staff have high expectations of all your pupils. You take effective action to ensure that pupils make strong progress and prepare them well for life after school. Staff know their pupils well and in teaching them, they plan appropriate learning activities that enable pupils to fulfil their potential.”

Ofsted added, “Because of precise planning that teachers undertake, this ensures that all pupils engage well with, and take pride in, their learning. As a result, nearly all pupils make outstanding progress.”

They also conveyed that staff receive regular opportunities to share best practice and learn from their colleagues’ experiences. Such occasions occur daily and in doing so, staff support each other to ensure that pupils engage with their learning and make strong progress.

Head Teacher of Ambergate Sports College, James Ellis, said he is proud of the exceptional work put in by the entire staff team.

He added, “I would just like to say a huge well done to all of the pupils and staff at Ambergate. The report proves that the work they do on a daily basis is outstanding. This judgement will continue to allow us to access the very best provision for pupils, for years to come.”

Ofsted inspectors were impressed with the leadership’s precise understanding of the quality of teaching at the school. This has been achieved through regular visits to lessons and comprehensive systems for checking pupils’ work.

Summer Fair raises over £3,000

A whopping £3,390.76 was raised at the John Fielding Summer Fair this year!

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Photos by David Dawson and Lesley Pickersgill.

Wow, what a fantastic day we had at this year’s John Fielding School Summer Fair.  The sun was shining and people came out in their droves to visit us last weekend!  

There was so much to see and do this year.  We had live music all day from Matty Haynes, Autumn Storm and Koyote.  There were performances from the Boston United Cheerleaders (pictured), also Allen School of Dance, and The Biz.  We had visits from the local fire service and police force, they brought a fire engine and police car for the children to sit in and explore.  And of course we had an abundance of craft and food stalls, a bouncy castle, a fairground ride and even visits from Minions, Frozen Princesses, Spiderman and Paw Patrol! 

It was a jam packed day! 

The Summer Fair this year was in aid of fundraising for a sensory room refurbishment at John Fielding School. 

The current sensory room is now quite outdated and because of how much it is used on a daily basis, there are now issues with broken equipment. 

John FIelding School want to refurbish this space to create a new, vibrant sensory room, also a calming room, and lots of cognition and communication sensory resources, to support learning. They would like an interactive floor, bubble tubes and a variety of lighting which can be used as switches and also a vibrating massage bed. They are also hoping to install new sound beam equipment in the room for our non-ambulant and non-verbal pupils to be able to compose their own music. 

They need to raise £20,000 and now, with this fantastic injection from the Summer Fair, they have a new total raised so far of £4,855!

Outstanding Ofsted for Sandon School

Ofsted Inspectors visited Sandon School on 14thJune 2017.  It has been 4 years since our last inspection. Ofsted photoOfsted Outstanding OP Colour

The school continues to be outstanding.

Ofsted reported, “The leadership and their team of staff are highly committed professionals and ensure that the pupils receive excellent teaching and care.  The leadership have maintained the outstanding quality of education in the school since the last inspection because of successfully building on the school’s qualities.”

Ofsted added, “The local governing body and the Community Inclusive Trust know the school well and provide effective support and challenge to school leaders to ensure that the high standards are maintained. The Trust provides a range of training opportunities for staff to continually improve their performance.”

They also conveyed that staff morale is high and the school has a strong focus on providing therapeutic support to enable the pupils to learn.  Ofsted found that Sandon School successfully promotes pupils’ communication skills and have a comprehensive system in place for checking pupil progress.

Head Teacher of Sandon School, Stela Plamenova, said she is pleased that the hard work of all the Sandon staff has been recognised.

She added, “This report is true recognition of the dedication, hard work and endless devotion of all the teaching staff, support staff, and leaders at Sandon School.  The report states that pupils are making outstanding progress from their starting points and I am proud of the children and the staff, for the part they all play in achieving such great results.”

Ofsted inspectors were impressed with the school’s focus on ensuring that pupils have the skills and knowledge to lead fulfilled lives after they have finished school.  They reported that the Teachers have high expectations for their pupils and, as a result, the pupils are engaged and motivated. 

5 stars in the kitchen!

The Priory School awarded top-ranked food hygiene rating!

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The Priory School kitchen has been awarded a 5 star food hygiene rating in the latest inspections by South Holland District Council environmental health officers.

The SHDC's environmental health officer visited The Priory School on Monday 12th June at 10.00am, unannounced.

The Priory School kitchen is a hive of activity Monday through to Friday every week during term time, preparing over 200 meals across both The Priory School and The Garth School.  Pupils and staff have two daily choices, either a hot meal or salad with bread roll or potatoes (from our fresh salad bar).  For dessert there's a sweet option or fresh fruit or yogurt.

The kitchen is headed by Mavis Needham, with a team of 4 (Sharon Inglis, Marion Perkins, Rachel Buck, and Lisa Eady) supporting her, they run a tight ship.

Mavis Needham said, “We are a very good team. We work incredibly well together which guarantees a smoothly run kitchen.  We have very organised rotas so every member of the catering staff is able to carry out most tasks. We work very hard together, like a like a well-oiled machine.

The children make their menu choices in class then arrive in the dinner hall at lunch time with very good manners. We have some children with special dietary requirements.

I am very pleased with the rating given by the EHO, it clearly reflects our hard work (and it also keeps me on my toes with paperwork!)”.

Gregg's Foundation Grant

Woodlands Academy receives funding from The Gregg’s Foundation 

Woodlands Academy are thrilled to announce that they have received £2,000 from the Gregg’s Foundation towards their fantastic Woodlands Project.

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The activities they are planning with the aid of the grant will be “traditional woodland crafts.” Students will be able to really get stuck in to these new activities including green wood working skills using pole lathes, making of woodland chairs, use of basic blacksmithing skills to make tools and equipment.  These will then be used for the educational areas planned for the further development of othe woodland, benefitting current and future students at Woodlands Academy.

The activities will promote the working & management of a woodland area to teach the next generation the importance of our environment and to achieve the range of educational benefits that outdoor learning can offer students.


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