School will be town’s first primary ‘academy’

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A new school could become South Holland’s first primary “academy” after plans to make it an “annexe” were abandoned.

Plans have been put forward to establish a new school on Spalding’s Wygate Park to meet the demand for primary school places.

It had originally been suggested that it would be an “extension” to nearby Spalding Primary School, sharing resources such as a management team.

But it has been revealed that Spalding Primary has decided it would be “extremely challenging” to manage a split school site while continuing to provide a high standard of teaching and learning.

Governors said they wish to concentrate on making successful progress under the new leadership and management arrangement introduced in January which saw a partnership formed with Pinchbeck East Primary School.

Paul Sharman, chairman of governors, said: “We have thought long and hard about the proposed plans and we don’t think it’s in the best interests of the school at this time.

“We will continue to work closely with the county council and look forward to following the progress of the new academy.”

Last September Spalding Primary’s intake rose by 30 pupils to meet the demand for places in the area, and will again take 90 new starters in September this year.

But it is hoped its intake in 2014 will drop back to 60 when the new academy opens.

Lincolnshire County Council is now in the process of 
seeking an operator for the new school, which would open, subject to planning permission, in September 2014 as a primary academy.

Debbie Barnes, director of children’s services at the county council. said: “It’s good to know we have an alternative solution and the new primary academy will solve the problem of increased school places needed for the Spalding area.

“While it’s disappointing that Spalding Primary won’t proceed with plans for the split site expansion, we understand that they want to concentrate on moving the school forward with the support of Pinchbeck East.”