Three schools join Grantham academies trust

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Three special schools have joined a Grantham academies trust which recently proposed opening a new school in the town.

The Priory School, The Garth School and John Fielding School, all based in Spalding, have all recently become academies and have joined the Community Inclusive Trust (CIT) in Grantham.

CIT already manages two special schools in Grantham, Ambergate Sports College and Sandon School (both rated ‘Outstanding’), and also sponsors Isaac Newton Primary School.

It recently proposed opening a new primary school to the west of Grantham to cater for families who will move into town as hundreds of houses are built in the Poplar Farm area off Barrowby Road.

The Priory School in Spalding supports the needs of pupils aged 11 to 16, all of whom have Moderate Learning Difficulties and many of whom have Autistic Spectrum Disorder and Social Communication Difficulties. The Garth School and John Fielding Schools meet the needs of pupils aged between two and 19 and are well equipped to meet their complex, severe and Profound Learning Difficulties. 

Executive Head Daran Bland 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.”

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

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