Primary Focus: West Grantham Academy Spitalgate

West Grantham Academy Spitalgate. Photo: 015D
West Grantham Academy Spitalgate. Photo: 015D
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The sweet singing of pupils from the West Grantham Academy Spitalgate saw them win a music competition at their first attempt.

The school’s choir made its debut at the Colsterworth Music Festival and picked up the top prize in the section ‘Choir Ensemble Class for Years 3-6 - Songs from the Shows’.

It is one of many positive things that have been happening in recent months at the school, which was created following the merger of the former Spitalgate and Earl of Dysart schools.

Acting principal Zara Harrington is delighted with the progress the school has made since receiving a poor Ofsted report last year.

She said: “Since then we have had two visits from inspectors and neither visit resulted in any action points, which is almost unheard of. The fact that we have been able to turn it round at such a rapid rate is testament to the hard work of the staff, children and parents, all working in partnership. The school is now doing extremely well. We have changed our curriculum in all areas, including sport and art, and that is producing very positive results.”

There is always plenty going on at the school, including themed activities, such as a recent Viking experience day and even a visit from Henry VIII to tie in with pupils’ studies on the Vikings and the Tudors.

Throughout March the children have been taking part in the Big Pedal 2013 event, coming to school and going home on a bicycle or scooter and clocking up miles on a ‘virtual platform’ to earn prizes for the school.