Proposed name of unified Spalding school

Pupils at Gleed Boys' School and Gleed Girls' Technology College with college headteacher Janet Daniels. Photo: SG1300911-113NG
Pupils at Gleed Boys' School and Gleed Girls' Technology College with college headteacher Janet Daniels. Photo: SG1300911-113NG
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SPALDING’S two Gleed schools will “keep the name they are proud of” if they are given the all-clear to become a single school in November.

It has been revealed the Gleed Boys’ School and Gleed Girl’s Technology College intend to open as the Sir John Gleed School on November 2.

Although the merger plans still need Lincolnshire County Council’s approval, headteacher Janet Daniels is confident everything will go to plan.

She said: “We have had the consultation period, which ended at the end of last term, and nothing came out of that. The feedback was positive.

“It’s now in the representation period, where any local companies that might have objections can speak out.”

She continued: “The name reflects the history of the two schools. It keeps the name we are proud of.

“It also marks our place in the community. You do not have to go far to discover old boys and girls.”

Councillors are due to make the final decision on November 1. If they agree to merge the schools, Mrs Daniels says both schools will be run separately for the rest of the academic year.

From next September, timetables will include both mixed and single sex classes.

The merger will be the next step towards the school being able to apply for academy status.

A final celebration for both sites is being planned for November 1, with an afternoon tea and performance being held for pupils past and present.

“We have to move forward as if this is going to happen,” Mrs Daniels explained.

A new school uniform has already been unveiled, with boys wearing ties and blazers, and the girls having blouses and blazers.

Mrs Daniels said: “I think for the boys it was not such a major change. For the girls, I consulted with parents and staff.

“We wanted to be a bit more professional. We used to have sweatshirts and this is moving students on towards the world of work.”

Mrs Daniels said the uniform change was only compulsory for those starting in year seven, and the cost was “comparable” to the previous uniform.

She said the chosen style is readily available in a wide range of high street shops.