Spalding Academy on the way to ‘Good rating’

Editor Jeremy Ransome
Editor Jeremy Ransome

EDITOR’S COMMENT: By Jeremy Ransome

What very good news that Ofsted has given Spalding Academy a clean slate, so it can now be judged on progress made since being taken over by South Lincolnshire Academies Trust (SLAT) and not be tainted by previous failings. (Page 3)

I am sure that when Ofsted next pay a visit to Spalding Academy, they will be visiting a “Good” school.

The decision to rid the former Sir John Gleed School of its special measures rating and mark it in future on progress and results made as Spalding Academy is definitely the right one.

Its “inadequate” grading came just seven weeks after being taken over by SLAT and effectively was a judgement on the previous regime.

The former head teacher was very popular with parents and pupils alike, but it was considered that pupils were not making enough progress and so changes were made after he decided to leave.

Some parents have complained on social media about certain rules laid down by the new regime and I am sure there are things being introduced that are not proving popular with all.

However, I think everyone can agree that Spalding Academy students now match their counterparts at Spalding High School and Spalding Grammar for smartness and neatness – the new uniforms look great.

And the Year 7 pupil numbers for September also suggest Spalding-area parents are no longer looking to send their 11-year-olds to University Academy Holbeach or Bourne Academy should they not pass their 11-plus.

It took 1,000 years to build Ancient Rome, but knowing the excellent job done in recent years at Bourne Aacdemy by SLAT, I am sure that when Ofsted next pay a visit to Spalding Academy, they will be visiting a “Good” school.

• Five weeks after we launched a £10,000 appeal to help fund costs linked to seven year-old Kieran Taylor being treated in America for a rare form of brain tumour, we’ve nearly hit the target. (Page 2)

Thanks to the generosity of you, our readers, we need just £1,000 more and the Deeping St Nicholas youngster and his family look set to fly out on May 28.

You can still help, by sending cheques to our Children’s Fund or attending the fundraising fashion show at Spalding’s St John’s School next month.