C.I.T. Crawl or Canter

running funAre you a person who enjoys exercise?

Do you want to be part of something great?

 How about taking part in the C.I.T. CRAWL OR CANTER?

C.I.T. Academies are organising a ‘Crawl or Canter’ to help raise funds for all schools across the Trust.

The event will begin on the last day of term, Friday 20th July, a crawl or canter between all schools within the Trust. This will total over 100 miles, but you don’t have to do them all. You can crawl or canter (it’s entirely up to you) 1 mile, 5 miles, 13 miles, 26 miles, or the whole lot if you like!

The C.I.T. Crawl or Canter will be a series of untimed runs, staged within scenic routes across Lincolnshire.  Beginning in Grantham, then onto Spalding, Boston, Spilsby, Caythorpe, and back to Grantham, visiting all our schools along the way!

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During these times of austerity, C.I.T. believe very strongly in providing the best education possible to all pupils across the Trust.  The Crawl or Canter will provide invaluable funds to provide projects otherwise not available through government funding. These projects are of huge benefit to our pupils and their well being.

The event is open to all staff members and any friends who wish to take part too!  You can accomplish personal goals while raising money for a worthwhile cause.  This isn’t about Olympic level athletes charging about in record times, there are no times and no pressures, just some gentle exercise and lots of laughs! 

Are you getting a picture of something a little bit different? 

Then please get involved if you can, this is going to be a blast!

Please visit the C.I.T. fundraising page at: https://mydonate.bt.com/charities/citacademies

Please email jacki.bartram@citacademies.co.uk for more information.

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Isaac Newton School need your votes!

tesco bags screenshotIsaac Newton Primary 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.

Isaac Newton Primary School is one of the groups on the shortlist. Their project:

"Into the Wild"

It can be very difficult for working parents to find the time or energy to engage in active play with their children. Patterns of active or inactive behaviours begin to form during infancy and early television viewing habits carry over to preschool and beyond. Inactive behaviour can also contribute to obesity later in life. The message is clear, children need to get up and move.

While running and jumping on playground equipment keeps children moving, exposure to plant and animal life has great rewards. The cognitive benefits of sustained outdoor play in plant rich environments spill over into the classroom, providing children with increased attention after they go back inside.

adventure kidsAt Isaac Newton Primary School, we have a fantastic unused space on site that needs an injection of creative thinking and funding to turn it into an exciting, new and natural, outdoor learning area for the children.

We would like to install a nature area, to include bird feeding stations, two bird hides, Buddleja planting to entice Butterfly’s, and log piles and bug hotels to entice wildlife. The children can then study the natural wild life around them, instead of googling it on the internet inside the classroom.

Outdoor Classroom IdeaIn addition we would like to build a safer, new outdoor classroom area (with canopy) for all weather usage. The children can then remain outdoors throughout their entire lesson.

We also intend to install wooden sleeper planters creating a 'Sensory Garden' for the children to enjoy, smell, see, and learn about different plants, flowers and herbs.

These new and exciting extracurricular activities will also complement our curriculum, covering subjects such as Science, Maths, Art and History.

Paul Hill, Executive Head Teacher, 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 improve the area and make it more wild life friendly, so that the children can study outdoors. Please vote for us if you can”.

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.”

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp

British Council International School Award success for GANF Schools

British Council International Award 3Both Sandon School and Ambergate Sports College have 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.

Grantham Additional Needs Fellowship consists of two special schools based in Grantham and caters for pupils between the ages of 3 and 19 with moderate to severe learning difficulties and complex needs. The pupils’ needs are wide ranging; many are on the autistic spectrum, with others having ADHD and varying degrees of developmental delay, and some with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties.

Sandon School’s international work included the study of Diwali, the introduction of a pen pal programme with a 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.”

Ambergate’s international work included engaging in British Values, 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. 

James Ellis, Headteacher, “I am so pleased that GANF Schools have been recognised for their international links. We feel that having these links with other organisations from different countries only enhances the provision that we can provide for all of our children. We are now looking forward to working towards the full award.”

Stephen Hull, Senior Project Manager at the British Council, said: “Grantham Additional Needs Fellowship’s international work has earned the schools 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 GANF 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

Fundraising target hit!

wedidit 300x239We are thrilled to announce that John Fielding Special School have smashed their fundraising target for their long awaited Sensory Room Project. The amount raised now exceeds £23,000 and the installation of the much needed bespoke sensory equipment can begin!

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 equipmentJohn Fielding THANK YOU 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 immensely grateful to all the generous funders for helping us achieve our goal.  Our staff and volunteers worked so hard to get us off the starting block, raising a whopping £5,069 themselves.  Following the donations that have now come in from these generous organisations, we are now busy arranging the installation.  We cannot thank everyone enough, the newly fitted sensory room with make a huge difference to our pupils.”

All the staff and pupils from John Fielding School would like to say a huge thank you to:

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The construction of Poplar Farm Primary School reached a significant milestone on Tuesday 19th December, when a topping out ceremony took place.

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The topping out of the school marked the completion of the building's superstructure and top-level roof. This is the project's biggest milestone since ground breaking in the spring.

The £8m project, funded by Lincolnshire County Council, will meet the need for new school places in an area of growing population.

Representatives from Wates Construction, the contractor building the new school, and Peter Bell, Chief Executive Officer of C.I.T. Academies, the appointed education provider, joined Grantham’s Mayor, Cllr Mike Cook and the new school’s Principal and Governing Body to cement the final piece on the side of the building, which completed the structure. The attendees collectively placed a Yew Tree branch at the peak of the new building to celebrate the age-old tradition of topping out.

The project was procured through the empa framework, by procurement specialists Scape Group, a public sector organisation dedicated to creating ongoing efficiency and social value via the built environment.

Peter Bell, CEO of C.I.T. Academies, commented: “C.I.T. is very pleased with the progression of the build. This topping out ceremony was a great opportunity to celebrate with all parties involved.

I have no doubt that Poplar Farm School will become an invaluable addition to Grantham, meeting the needs for the town’s growing population, as generated by the Newton’s Place housing development.

We are looking forward to welcoming our first reception children through the doors in September 2018.”

As the project continues, Wates will continue to use a local supply chain and provide training and employment opportunities for members of the local community.

Councillor Mrs Patricia Bradwell, Executive Councillor for Children's Services, said: "We have supported this important project for local children with significant funding and are pleased to see the new school building taking shape quickly. It will give more choice for children and parents as well as providing additional school places for families moving into the new housing development. We look forward to seeing the new school open in September 2018 for the whole community to benefit from."

As the project continues, Wates will continue to use a local supply chain and provide training and employment opportunities for members of the local 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 sports 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 is due for completion in August next year and will open for Reception Class pupils in September 2018.

Parents can apply for a reception place via the LA - https://www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/parents/schools/school-admissions

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

 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