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Parent forum chaired by Gosberton mum boosts Spalding special schools




A forum chaired by a Gosberton mum enjoyed the national spotlight for helping to secure £50million to boost the county’s special schools.

Coralie Cross, who chairs the Lincolnshire Parent Carer Forum (LPCF), addressed a major conference of parent carer forums.

LPCF was one of only four forums out of 152 in the country chosen to highlight good practice in the development of a strategy that will benefit special schools like The Garth and The Priory in Spalding over the next five years.

Forum members (from left) back - Alan Wilson, Malcolm Prue, Caroline Prue, Lorraine Stimspon, Leesa Cooper, John Chambers; front - Michelle Cooper, Carol Wilson, Coralie Cross and Lianne Blair.
Forum members (from left) back - Alan Wilson, Malcolm Prue, Caroline Prue, Lorraine Stimspon, Leesa Cooper, John Chambers; front - Michelle Cooper, Carol Wilson, Coralie Cross and Lianne Blair.

Coralie said the LPCF worked with the county council and heads of special schools.

She said the conference was the LPCF’s “wow” moment in front of a Government minister, colleagues and 200 people, including representatives from the Departments of Education and Health.

At the conference Coralie highlighted the commitment of 11 LPCF volunteers who gave “a staggering 3,062 hours” to the project.

Patricia Bradwell, county executive councillor for children’s services, said: “Without their support in driving our vision forward, together with our special school leaders, we wouldn’t be where we are today.”

A council spokesman said: “The Priory School and The Garth School in Spalding will benefit from extensive remodelling to improve existing facilities.

“An additional four classrooms will be built along with remodelling of existing classrooms to ensure they are the right size and have enhanced facilities.

“The schools will also benefit from additional sensory, therapy and soft play facilities and specialist teaching spaces including science and technology.

“By increasing the number of special school places and improving the school environment, pupils from the Spalding area will be able to attend their local school, reducing the excessive journeys many pupils currently face.”



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