Spalding special schools move to academy status

Head teacher Darran Bland.
Head teacher Darran Bland.
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Spalding’s two special school have converted to acedemy status.

As from Tuesday, The Priory School and The Garth School are now independent schools funded directly from central government and have joined the multi-academy trust CIT (Community Inclusive Trust).

The Priory School supports the needs of pupils aged 11 to 16 who have moderate learning difficulties and many of whom have autistic spectrum disorder and social communication difficulties. 

The Garth School meets the needs of pupils aged between two and 19 with complex, severe and profound learning difficulties. 

Daran Bland, executive head of the two schools, said: “This marks a really exciting time in the history of all three special schools.

“Education is going through a significant period of change and uncertainty, with schools having to adapt to life with ever decreasing capacity within local authorities.

“We have chosen to convert to academy status and join CIT following careful consideration of the options available to us. It is our firm belief that working in partnership with colleagues at CIT will lead to further improved outcomes for pupils across our family of schools, both now and into the future.”

CIT already manage Ambergate Sports College and Sandon School (both rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted) in Grantham and also sponsor a mainstream primary there – Isaac Newton School. The John Fielding Community Special School in Boston is also joining the Trust.

Peter Bell, CIT chief executive, added: “We are delighted to be formalising the long-standing working relationship with Mr Bland and his staff, through the Garth, Priory and John Fielding joining CIT as academies.  As a Trust we will continue to work in partnership with the schools to provide the highest level of education available.”