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Schools in Bourne, Shepeau Stow and Spalding emerged as the exceptional finalists in the School of the Year (Primary) category, sponsored by Calthrops Solicitors.

But the Christian values, ‘active learners, inspirational teachers and excellent facilities’ at Spalding Parish Church of England Day School won the judges’ favour, over Shepeau Stow Primary School and Bourne Westfield Primary Academy.

Thwe victorious Spalding Parish Church of England Day School

Thwe victorious Spalding Parish Church of England Day School

The award is the latest in a series of boosts for the school in Clay Lake, Spalding, less than a month after it received its first “good” grading from Ofsted in 14 years.

Headteacher Glyn Rushton said: “I am humbled by the award and thank everyone within our school family and wider community for their continued support as we have been on our journey since I arrived as headteacher in January 2009.

“This is something I hold onto dearly and after getting to an Ofsted “good” grading last month, having been nominated now by our community for School of the Year (Primary) is even more important to me.

“Receiving the award is a wonderful acknowledgement from the people who really matter – our community – and this is the start in the next phase of our journey as we strive to become an Ofsted “outstanding” school.”

Kevin Pallister, managing partner of Calthrops Solicitors of Spalding and Holbeach, said: “I have a lot of involvement with primary schools in the area.

“I’m a chairman of governors at one school and a governor at another, but I also go into a lot of schools in my capacity as a Salvation Army ambassador.

“The welcome, application and standard of behaviour I have seen has been absolutely tremendous.”