Spalding’s Sir John Gleed School looks to future now ‘dark days over’

Year 7s at Gleed School
Year 7s at Gleed School

The “darkest days” are over for a Spalding academy that has battled its way out of special measures.

Headteacher Will Scott spoke to the Lincolnshire Free Press on a sunny Friday morning last week.

He said: “The sun is shining, it’s a beautiful day and that’s what the school feels like.

“We are fully staffed for the first time in four years and we have great staff, great students and supportive parents – that’s the mix of a good school.

“Our 152 new Year 7 students are a delight. They bring an innocence and increased energy that moves the school upwards.

“I genuinely feel the darkest days are over.”

Mr Scott was appointed acting headteacher in 2013 just before the school was plunged into special measures following the departure of former headteacher Janet Daniels.

Executive head teacher Chris Mallaband was brought in by the school’s partners at CfBT Education Trust to support Mr Scott after he was made headteacher.

However, Mr Mallabanddeparted at the end of the summer term to become principal of Bacon’s College in London because the trust had “a range of measures in place to support the school” and said he was no longer needed.

In spite of the GCSE results not being as good as hoped, there were signs the school is committed to improving standards.

Mr Scott was particularly proud of his English results. He said: “We were elated with our English results which were comparable with every school across the country with progress above the national average. Maths results were disappointing but that was the case nationally.

”It was disappointing after all of the work the staff and students put in but part of our plan for the future is to analyse every department and see what we can do differently.

Summing up Mr Scott said: “When I reflect over the past two years and look back over all of the events – including poor exam results, the school being in special measures, staffing issues, school systems, working with the community and parents to keep things positive, government initiatives including the latest with the introduction of Progress 8 to ensure children develop in all subjects and the focus isn’t just on Maths and English – that’s an incredible journey. But the children deserve the best and that’s what we will give them.”