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Grantham girls' school welcomes boys for the first time

A group of boys have become part of Walton history as they became the first Year 7 male students ever to join the academy.

As the academic year got underway earlier this month, Walton welcomed its first cohort of 67 boys into the year group as part of its transition to offer high quality, coeducational secondary provision in Grantham.

Walton was previously a girls’ high school with teaching for male students limited to post 16 study only.

The first cohort of 67 boys joined Year 7 at Walton Academy this month. (17559131)
The first cohort of 67 boys joined Year 7 at Walton Academy this month. (17559131)

The academy will now teach both male and female students as they move from Key Stage 3 into Key Stage 4 and beyond.

Principal Will Teece said: “It has been a pleasure to welcome our first cohort of boys to Walton. They have settled in really well and engaged with all facets of academy life. We’re looking forward to seeing them learn and grow with us.”

Year 7 student, Henry Fleming, said that starting at Walton had been ‘really enjoyable and exciting’. He added: “It’s different than primary school but it has been a great place to settle into.”

Charlie Tuck, also a new Year 7 student, added: “Walton is fantastic. I feel like I’ve been here all my life. Everyone is so nice!”

A new building is underway on site to provide additional learning space for science-based subjects. Additionally, under original plans approved by Lincolnshire County Council, Walton’s intake at Year 7 has increased from 150 to 180 students to support coeducation and to offer more choice and alternative secondary provision to the Grantham community.

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