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Spalding head vows to lift St Paul's out of the doldrums




The head teacher of St Paul's School in Spalding has vowed her school will rise again after a damning Ofsted report was released today.

The Queen's Road school has been labelled as overall 'inadequate' following a visit on June 25 and 26 - but head teacher Kira Nicholls has vowed to ensure that all pupils leave St Paul's "fully equipped with the skills, knowledge and understanding for the next phase of their education".

St Paul's is currently being supported by an academy trust of schools and will receive notification of an Academy sponsor in mid October.

St Paul's head Kira Nicholls. (17560374)
St Paul's head Kira Nicholls. (17560374)

Miss Nicholls said today: "Whilst the school and it's whole community are very disappointed with the outcome of the Ofsted inspection report, we are very proud that the ethos of the school, the level of care, guidance and support our pupils and their families receive and how confident and happy our pupils are has been recognised. We were also pleased that our pupils' behaviour and conduct was praised, as the children are a real credit to the school.

"We were already aware of the issues and, through a parents meeting this week, have reassuredour parents and carers that work has already begun to rapidly address the issues and concerns raised. The school is embarking on a new era and journey and the staffing team are fully committed to making it a success and ensure that standards rise and this is sustained in the future.

"Currently, the school is being supported by an academy trust of schools within Lincolnshire, with agreement from the local authority. We will receive notification of our Academy sponsor in mid October.

"We are ensuring that standards rise and the educational offer is improved through a rigorous staff training and development schedule, mentoring and coaching and regular monitoring to ensure actions are having a good impact on pupil's learning and outcomes.

"Our curriculum, whilst it has positives that we will retain, is being developed to ensure it meets the needs of all our pupils and values the diversity within our setting. We launched the new academic year with a huge focus on reading, as it is the window to all other subjects in the curriculum. It now has a more prominent part in the weekly timetable and this is already having an impact on the vocabulary the children are using in their writing and speech.

"Whilst some of our pupils have a number of barriers to their learning, it is our mission to overcome all of these and ensure that all of our pupils leave St Paul's fully equipped with the skills, knowledge and understanding for the next phase of their education."



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