Iconic statue makes way at Spalding Academy

STATUE ROW: Demolition work at Spalding Academy as a statue designed by George Whittington and a fixture of the former Sir John Gleed School for about 50 years makes way for new security fencing.
STATUE ROW: Demolition work at Spalding Academy as a statue designed by George Whittington and a fixture of the former Sir John Gleed School for about 50 years makes way for new security fencing.
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An iconic statue that stood in the grounds of a Spalding school for about 50 years has been demolished.

New security fencing installed at the renamed Spalding Academy, formerly Sir John Gleed School, has led to the removal of the statue designed by former woodwork teacher George Whittington.

This is terrible and surely this artwork could have been moved to another site within the school or donated to the town

Margaret Whittington, daughter-in-law of George Whittington

But it has led to an outcry on social media from people, including Mr Whittington’s daughter-in-law, Margaret Whittington, who branded the removal as “terrible”.

Margaret said: “I am shocked to see my father-in-law’s artwork demolished.

“This is terrible and surely this artwork could have been moved to another site within the school or donated to the town.

“George Whittington was a very talented man in many fields and he inspired many people through his teaching to become the successful people they are today.

“His artwork stood in the driveway of the school for years and he also made a lovely table, with school motto and insignia carved on it.”

Laurence Reilly, executive head teacher of South Lincolnshire Academies Trust which Spalding Academy joined on September 1, said: “It is with regret that it was recently decided to remove a statue designed by George Whittington from the Spalding Academy site.

“The reasons for this were practical and not aesthetic as Spalding Academy has recently had security fencing installed around the site, including electronic gates.

“The gates are located very near to where the statue was which therefore made it easier for potential trespassers to climb over and gain unlicensed access to the site. This would result in a possible breach of safeguarding for the staff and students of Spalding Academy.”

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