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Springwell Alternative Academy Spalding to hold information evening in town on July 18, from 5pm until 7pm




The head of a planned new school in Spalding for "challenging and vulnerable children and young people" is inviting people to find out more about it.

Phil Willott, executive principal of Springwell Alternative Academy Spalding, will be meeting parents and residents concerned with the potential impact of the new school on the town at Spalding High School on Thursday, July 18, from 5pm until 7pm.

The new school, to be run by Barnsley-based Wellspring Academy Trust, is due to open at the former South Holland Post-16 Centre site in Matmore Gate next January.

Phil Willott, executive principal of Springwell Alternative Academy Spalding, due to open at the former South Holland Post-16 Centre site in January 2020.Photo supplied.
Phil Willott, executive principal of Springwell Alternative Academy Spalding, due to open at the former South Holland Post-16 Centre site in January 2020.Photo supplied.

Due to what Mr Willott previously described as a "contractual issue" between builders responsible for converting the centre and the Department for Education, children and young people who should have been taught from the Spalding site are currently receiving their education in Boston.

Mr Willott said: "I would love to invite the Spalding community to attend our information evening on July 18.

"Spalding High School has kindly agreed to host this event at where residents and interested parties from Spalding can hear about our plans to educate young people in south Lincolnshire.

"We will be running two repeated sessions at 5pm until 6pm and from 6pm unto 7pm, with both sessions providing opportunities to ask questions about the provision at Springwell Alternative Academy Spalding."

Springwell Alternative Academy Spalding is due to open at the former South Holland Post-16 Centre site in Matmore Gate next January.Photo: SG010216-124TW.
Springwell Alternative Academy Spalding is due to open at the former South Holland Post-16 Centre site in Matmore Gate next January.Photo: SG010216-124TW.

The information evening will be the first chance for people living in Matmore Gate, Stonegate and elsewhere in Spalding to question Springwell and Wellspring officials about the new school which has been in operation since April 1.

Currently, 63 young people are being taught at a temporary site in Boston owned by Lincolnshire County Council.

Wellspring already has sites in Lincoln and Grantham which cater for children and young people who have been assessed as unable to stay in mainstream education or who are at risk of permanent exclusion.

Mr Willott, who has led Springwell's Grantham school since it opened three weeks ago, said: "We want to create as many positive moments as we can with our young people."

. People in Spalding should take the chance to ask questions of the educational trust behind a new school due to open in the town next years.

Coun Harry Drury, South Holland District Council members for St Mary's ward where the new Springwell Alternative Academy Spalding will be based, has urged people to bring their concerns to an information evening next Thursday.

Spalding High School, in Stonegate, will stage the event to be attended by officials from Wellspring Academy Trust which runs Springwell sites in Lincolnshire, as well as North East Lincolnshire, South and West Yorkshire.

Coun Drury said: "I would encourage anybody with any concerns to attend because now that Springwell has been given the green light, the most important thing is to work with the school in forming a relationship so that the conversation about potential traffic problems can start now."

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