Academy decision welcomed by some

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WHILE Crowland laments the loss of its secondary school, some people have welcomed the news that Holbeach’s college is to become an academy.

South Holland district council deputy leader Nick Worth, who represents the Holbeach Hurn ward, said it’s a fantastic opportunity for Holbeach.

He said: “It’s great news. It will bring big investment into the town and benefits the whole of South Holland.

“The opportunity to get newly-built facilities is fantastic and some of these will be available for use by the wider community.”

Coun Worth said the most important thing is the first class education that the academy will be able to offer.

He added: “There will be more courses and automatic links with the University of Lincoln, which is brilliant.”

The move has also been welcomed by Lincolnshire County Council, which has backed the academy bid from the start.

Coun Patricia Bradwell, executive councillor for children’s services, said: “The schools have been working together for a number of years which led to them becoming federated in September 2007.

“The schools have worked hard to raise standards and progress has been clearly evident. Governors have now made the decision that the formation of an academy is the next logical step.

“This will improve education for the benefit of the children and young people and is in the best interests of local children and educational provision in the area.

“It provides a good solution to the educational challenges and difficulties faced by St Guthlac as a stand-alone school and retains the number of school places in the area.”

The academy will provide a full range of courses to meet students’ academic and vocational needs so they can meet their maximum potential.

Capital funding of over £8m has been agreed from the DfE to help improve facilities and help address existing shortfalls.

The University of Lincoln is looking to create an integrated education hub with the academy working in partnership with the University’s National Food Manufacturing Centre.

This is already situated next to the site on the University’s Holbeach campus.

Over time, the University will also seek to develop a national centre for agro-science and agro-engineering provision within the campus and locally. This will help to raise aspirations and widen curriculum opportunities for young people.