Eureka moment for John Fielding pupils

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John Fielding Special School in Boston provides a differentiated curriculum designed to meet the unique needs of all of its pupils. Pupils range in age from 2 -19 Years old and all have severe learning difficulties, some also have Autism, Epilepsy, a physical disability, sensory impairment, medical needs and/or a communication difficulty.

Due to the rurality of Lincolnshire and pupils’ disabilities they are restricted in providing field trips any further afield than Boston. In the upcoming term, two classes will be focusing their studies on a 'Space and Science Project'. To fully engage the pupils and provide them with an inclusive and interactive science experience, teachers felt strongly about taking the children to Eureka, The National Children's Museum in Halifax.

Thanks to The Institute of Physics, this longed for trip could finally take place.Institute

John Fielding School were awarded £500 from The Institute of Physics to hire a Jumbulance coach to transport their pupils to the Science Museum! The Jumbulance is a high spec coach which possess large changing facilities, a kitchen and wheelchair access to meet the needs of the pupils on their two and a half hour journey to the museum.

The excitement from the pupils hit fever pitch on Tuesday morning at 7.30am when the special coach arrived. The children had a fantastic day out and fun, trouble free journey too.

Richard Gamman, Head of School, “We were so grateful to have this support from the Institute of Physics. It has enabled the children to travel to the fabulous Eureka Museum near Halifax.  It simply would not have been viable to take our group of children with complex health and care needs so far without the Jumbulance.  At the museum itself the exhibits and activities engaged the children throughout the visit. The trip was a great success.”

C.I.T. awarded over £5 million to improve schools

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The Community Inclusive Trust (C.I.T.) have received funding this week of 2.5 million pounds to develop and expand 3 of its Outstanding SEN schools within the Multi-Academy Trust.

exterior 1Ambergate Sports College (Grantham) The Sandon School (Grantham) and The Garth School (Spalding) will all be expanded to provide additional and necessary teaching accommodation and pupil places within Lincolnshire County.

All of the schools that were awarded funding are OFSTED rated OUTSTANDING and the new facilities will provide an opportunity for more children to benefit from the excellent teaching and learning environment for children aged 4-19 years of age.

Chief Executive of the Trust Peter Bell, commented:

“I am delighted that the Education Funding Agency (EFA) are supporting the outstanding provision that C.I.T. provides within its schools by investing in the future infrastructure.

The investment will also be used in partnership with the proposed Local Authority SEND review, subject to it being approved. We want to play our part in providing the highest levels of education and care for children across Lincolnshire with all types of special educational needs.”

This is the second year in succession that Community Inclusive Trust has been awarded funding.

The Trust had previously been awarded 2.6 million to provide new boilers and roofs, whilst, Ambergate Sports College was awarded funding to provide 8 additional classrooms, a hall extension, a dining facility and a staff room.

After another year of successfully gaining funding, Ambergate will now be further developed to provide 4 additional classrooms, new toilets and group rooms in order to keep up with the high demand for pupil places due to the schools popularity.

The Garth School in Spalding have gained funding to provide 2 additional classrooms, supplementary accommodation, an administration area and a hall to accommodate the recent growth in pupil places.

This new stand-alone building will provide new Post 16 accommodation which will allow pupils to develop life skills. The new accommodation will consist of classrooms, horticulture, cafe/kitchen and outdoor spaces to grow vegetables. There will also be a new hall and staff room accommodation to assist the school in continuing to provide high quality education.

The Sandon School gained funding to provide 2 additional classrooms, supplementary accommodation, an admin area and a hydro-pool. This imperative expansion project will allow the school to meet the pupil’s educational needs and accommodate for an increase in pupil places.

Funding for the projects was procured by multi- disciplined firm Peter Smith Associates, who secured the funding from the EFA. The process of developing the designs will commence in April 2018 with the successful schools and the projects will be delivered in 2019.

Woodlands Students build a 10ft high bike!

Scale Model Burning BikeStudents from Woodlands Academy in Spilsby have been asked by the organisers of Lincolnshire Bike Week, to design and build a 10ft high wooden bike.

Woodlands Academy is a specialist secondary school for SEMH pupils (Social, Emotional, and Mental Health).  Steve Everton, Teacher, said, “We have our own Forest School at Woodlands Academy and the students learn green wood carving among many others skills. We are chuffed to be asked to build the 10ftx20ft bike for the Sutton on Sea Bike Night, and the students are excited to get started!”

CICCOASTAL EVENTS CIC, supported by the BRITISH MOTORCYCLE FEDERATION & the MOTORCYCLE ACTION GROUP are organising Lincolnshire Bike Week, and expect to see thousands of visitors flock to the Lincolnshire coast this July.

Adrian Marson, Director at Coastal Events:

“This collaboration came about when two of Coastal Events CICs' Directors, Nikki Shaw and Patti Marson, were chatting with Woodlands Academy teacher Steve Everton, about their plans to build a giant bike to burn on the beach for the Grand Finale of Lincolnshire Bike Week 2018. The Directors knew Steve Evertons' creative skills and excellent wood working abilities and during the conversation Steve suggested it may be the kind of exciting project that Woodlands Academy students would like to get involved with. We then established sponsorship of the materials needed from a very generous local company - Thompson Timber.”

Thompson“We were delighted when Woodlands Academy agreed to take on the project as we are a community focused company and aim to connect and create community cohesion involving as many local people as possible when delivering this awesome event for Lincolnshire.”

“We are sure the students engaged in the design & build will be very pleased with the finished result and rightly proud of their considerable achievement when the giant bike is set alight at Sutton on Sea beach during the Grand Finale of Lincolnshire Bike Week 2018.”

“Everyone is welcome to attend this FREE spectacular event. A big thank you to Woodlands Academy and its students for getting involved!”

Lincolnshire Bike Week is a jam packed festival with a main stage and awesome live music line up at the central site in Trusthorpe. The event kicks off with the Mablethorpe Bike Night on 18th July 2018 and finishes the following Wednesday with the Sutton on Sea Bike Night on 25th July 2018. The students giant ‘Burning Bike’ will be lit between 9 & 10pm. 

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[Pictured above: A scale model of the bike built by Students at Woodlands Academy]


C.I.T. Head Teachers back countywide reforms for special schools

Sandon SchoolExecutive Head, Daran Bland, has backed plans to reform the way children with learning needs and disabilities are educated in Lincolnshire. Daran is the Executive Headteacher of The Priory and Garth Schools in Spalding, and John Fielding School in Boston. He described the new SEND vision for the county as “an exciting and ambitious opportunity for significant improvement in the sector”. 

Under the plans unveiled by Lincolnshire County Council last month, Garth and Priory would be merged into one school, but still based at two sites in Pinchbeck Road and Neville Avenue respectively.

Daran said: “The proposed reforms for special needs provision across Lincolnshire are an exciting and ambitious opportunity for significant improvement in the sector. Many of the special schools in Lincolnshire are completely full, resulting in children not being able to access the specialist provision they need or having to travel long distances to get to a school”.

“The Garth and Priory Schools have provided excellent provision for children with very wide-ranging needs for many years and the proposals would see the two schools amalgamating into one ‘all needs’ school for children aged 2 to 19, whilst still using both of our current sites. Both schools have worked as a federation for over ten years and, in partnership with each  other, have been successfully meeting ‘all needs’, including autism, throughout that time.   Under the reforms, there would be a major capital investment program across both sites to modernise and expand the buildings we currently have. The proposal at John Fielding School is to build a brand new larger school which too is a hugely exciting opportunity”.

Mr Bland added, “We have held five consultation events with parents across the three schools that I lead and the overwhelming response to the proposals has been a positive one as they will only serve to improve on what we already do and further improve outcomes for children with special educational needs.”

Plans elsewhere in the county include the expansion and improvement of the vast majority of Lincolnshire’s other special schools, as well as innovative pilot schemes to develop greater collaboration between special and mainstream schools.

The final consultation meeting took place on Wednesday 7th March at Ambergate Sports College in Grantham.

James Ellis, Headteacher of Ambergate, also supports the project, “The SEND project that is currently being consulted on in Lincolnshire will significantly improve not only the capacity of special schools but also the quality of provision for pupils. The proposal for Grantham is that Ambergate and Sandon School amalgamate into one school over two sites. The two schools have for many years provided provision for pupils with all needs, including Autism, and will continue to do so under this proposal. The school is looking forward to this potentially very exciting venture and looks forward to continuing to provide outstanding provision for all pupils.” 

Stela Plamenova, Headteacher of Sandon School added: “I'm very excited and impressed with the proposed SEND reforms in Lincolnshire. Like other schools in the county we have a long waiting list and children travelling up to 2 hours to access education. The proposed reforms will bring a major capital investment to our school which will enable us to modernise the current buildings and offer more pupil places.”

The county council wants to cut the length of school journeys for special needs children, increase the range of disabilities that special schools cater for and build stronger ties between specialist and mainstream schools. A county council report about the plans estimated that 70 per cent of children would be able to go to a school nearer their home, saving between £2 and £3million in transport costs.

Councillor Patricia Bradwell, the county council’s executive member for children’s services, said:

“We want all children to be able to access high-quality education and achieve their potential, as near to their family as possible. These proposals will address many of the challenges pupils with special educational needs and disabilities and their families face when trying to find the right education, in the right place.”

[Pictured: Sandon School]


Caythorpe on their way to Leicester City!

Caythorpe girls win at Premier League Primary Stars Football Tournament

CAythorpe FootyThe Premier League Schools Tournament is one of the highlights of the Premier League Communities calendar and allows hundreds of youngsters the chance to experience the thrill of being treated like a top-flight footballer.

WOW! What a great day Caythorpe Primary School had when they took their boys and girls football teams to the Premier League Primary Stars Football Tournament in Skegness!

The boys’ team played brilliantly, demonstrating super sportsmanship but just missed out on making it through to the finals.

However, the girls team were on fire and not only made it to the final but then went on to win the tournament!  Which means they now have the opportunity to play in the national finals at The King Power Stadium, home of Leicester CityFootball Club, later in the year.

Head of School, Katie Brockington, “Caythorpe Primary provides all pupils with many sporting opportunities and I am particularly proud of our U11 Girls Football Team who are now on their way to the King Palace Stadium, home of Leicester City FC to play in the finals of the Premier League Primary Stars Football Tournament. The girls only started playing football together last September and despite never playing before, their talent stood out and they are a fantastic team full of determination and energy.”


Well done girls!