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30/11/2021   CIT Update about changes due to the new Covid variant

The Director of Education has provided a trustwide letter outlining the present precautions we are taking as a trust.  Please click on the link to read the letter:  Letter to Parents and Carers November 2021

18/11/2021   PRIORY Children in Need

Please can all students come to school in normal uniform on Friday 19 November. 

15/11/2021   Amalgamation Update Letter

To view a letter regarding the amalgamation of The Priory and The Garth Schools please click here.

10/11/2021   Boccia Tournament

Special needs pupils from Spalding Priory School, University Academy Long Sutton and Spalding Academy take part in Boccia tournament!

To read the full article please click the link below: 

19/10/2021   PRIORY Football Club Cancelled

Football club will be cancelled on Thursday 21st October.

We will resume on Thursday 4th November.


19/10/2021   PRIORY Hazel and Maple Class closures 19 and 20 October

Unfortunately, Hazel and Maple Classes will be closed on Tuesday, 19 October and Wednesday, 20 October due to a number of our school community testing positive for Covid.  It is hoped that the classes will re-open on Thursday, 21 October.  Mr Bloodworth-Flatt will give an update abut re-opening by 3.30pm on Wednesday.

18/10/2021   PRIORY Willow and Oak Class closures 18 and 19 October

Unfortunately Willow and Oak Classes will be closed on Monday, 18 October and Tuesday, 19 October due to a number of our school community testing positive for Covid.  It is hoped that the classes will re-open on Wednesday, 20 October.  Mr Bloodworth-Flatt will give an update about re-opening by 3.30pm on Tuesday.

14/10/2021   PRIORY Rowan Class closed 14 / 15 October 2021

Rowan Class will be closed Thursday and Friday as we have a number of staff who are unwell. Mr Bloodworth-Flatt has contacted parents and carers with details. Virtual learning will be available and details will be sent out to families. 

08/10/2021   #HelloYellow Non-Uniform Day

Friday 8th October 2021 is World Mental Health Day. We will be inviting the children to wear something yellow on this non-uniform day. Donation of £1 goes to #HelloYellowDay

06/10/2021   Cake Sale Fundraiser

On Saturday 16th October we will be holding a cake sale fundraiser from 10am - 3pm at The Keep, Herring Lane, Pinchbeck, PE11 3ST

Please come and support us.

All monies go towards resources for Forest School.

17/09/2021   Garth School - Closure Transport Route 4

Parents and carers whose child is affected by this closure have been sent a text message to alert them to this message. If you have not recieved a message your child is not affected.


Dear Parents/Carers

I am writing to inform you that a member of our school community has tested positive for covid. The number of pupils who are now positive on minibus transport route 4 stands at three. Acknowleding this I have made the decision to close this transport group and return pupils home. (You are reciving this letter as your child is part of that transport route).

The current number of cases, the timescale between these cases and how they are linked exceeds guidance for an outbreak. By asking these pupils to remain within the home at this time we hope to slow and/or stop the spread of the virus amongst the school community.

On your child’s return home you should book a PCR test as they are an identified as a close contact. Should your child test negative on this test they can then return to school. If you child is unable to take a PCR test they will be unable to return to school until Tuesday 28th September.

Acknowledging that this outbreak is impacting a transport route the driver and escort may not be available to transport your child to and from school when you receive their results. We will keep you informed on this matter and inform you of any alternative arrangements. 

As at all other time - should your child develop any covid symptoms or test positive on LFD test then you should: 

  • Inform school.
  • Ensure that a PCR test is taken. 
  • Ensure your child self isolates until the result is given.
  • Await a negative result.  Then if your child no longer has symptoms they should return to school.
  • Isolate as told by test and trace if the result is positive.

Yours sincerely

Matthew Bloodworth-Flatt

(Executive Headteacher)

08/09/2021   PRIORY Timetables 2021-2022

Class timetables are now available to view in Parents Information, please click on The Priory School Day.

06/09/2021   PRIORY Welcome Back Letter

Please click on the link below to see the information about returning to The Priory School:

Welcome Back to The Priory School

18/08/2021   New arrangements for ordering school meals

Dear Parent and Carers     

New arrangements for ordering school meals

 At the start of next academic both the Priory and Garth schools will move to an online ordering and payment system for school meals. This will be completed through IRIS Parent Mail. Parents and carers should be familiar with this application as it has been utilised in both schools to distribute email correspondence during the summer term of last academic year.

Meals will be ordered a week in advance by completing a short form. You will order for the week in full and make payment at the time of selecting your meal options. Parents and carers of a child in receipt of free school meals will also order through IRIS Parent Mail and the final outstanding cost will be recorded as nil. 

The new online system for ordering will go live the week beginning Monday 13th September for meals pupils will enjoy the week beginning Monday 20th September. School meals will still be provided between Monday 6th September – Friday 17th September. Parents and carers will continue to make meal selections using the school’s current system and by paying in cash.

As our confidence grows with this new system we hope that within time we will use the IRIS Parent Mail application to pay for other activities such as school trips.

In advance of Monday 13th September we recommend that all parents and carers download the IRIS Parent Mail application on either a smart phone or tablet. This will make the process of ordering easier.

More information will follow at the start of the autumn term.

Yours sincerely

Matthew Bloodworth-Flatt

17/08/2021   Priory School - COVID Testing September 2021

Dear Parent / Carer,

Please click here for a letter with information regarding COVID-19 testing arrangements for September 2021. This includes information regarding a phased return which will be in place.

Please click here to provide consent for testing.

Many thanks

Matthew Bloodworth-Flatt

21/07/2021   The school is now closed for the summer and reopens from 6 September 2021

Priory School - there will be a staggered return to school from Monday, 6 September. Please see Mr Flatt's information letter on when classes recommence in school. There will be online lessons available. 

There are 3 training days for staff from both Garth and Priory Schools - Wednesday1 September to Friday 3 September

21/07/2021   Summer Holiday

We wish everyone a happy, restful and safe summer break and look forward to welcoming both existing and new pupils on 6 September.

If there are any changes to this arrangement the school will contact parents.

20/07/2021   PRIORY Mosiac taking shape

Please click on the link to read the article by Spalding Voice in celebration of the 50th anniversary of special schools.

School's mosiac is taking shape

20/07/2021   Joseph's legacy will live on at The Garth

Please click on the link to read the full story from Spalding Voice of Joseph and his family's generous donation to the school:

Joseph's legacy will live on at The Garth

15/07/2021   Year 6 Parent/Carer Evening - 15/07/2021

Dear Parents and Carers, 

Due to unforeseen circumstances this evenings parent and carer meeting is cancelled. The school will ensure a letter, with your child's class group, is sent via email. Thank you to all parents and carers for supporting this week’s transition days. 

The Priory School

06/06/2021   PRIORY Recording Lateral Flow Test Results

As of Sunday 6th of June the procedures for recording results of a lateral flow test have been updated. Please use the correct link below.

Year 7 - Click Here

Year 8 - Click Here

Year 9 - Click Here

Year 10 - Click Here

Year 11 - Click Here

Staff - Click Here

The following links will remain available as a banner at the top school's website under the heading 'PRIORY Recording Lateral Flow Test Results"

06/06/2021   PRIORY Secondary Middle Options

Dear Parents and Carers, 

Next year your child will complete two options as part of their non-core learning. We currently offer the following subjects – Horticulture, Art, Drama and Theatre Studies, Food Technology and Physical Education. Using the attached Microsoft Form could you please order the subjects starting with the one they would most like to study. Please note that we will try to ensure all pupils receive their first choice. Second choices will be allocated on availability.

If this form could be completed by Sunday 6th June. 

Please note pupils will have weekly PE lessons. The Physical Education option is for those pupils who have a particular interest in the subject and wish to further deepen their learning and understanding in this area.

Below is further information about each subject area. 

Drama and Theatre Studies

Are you interested in performance, producing drama or theatre? Drama and Theatre is for students seeking the opportunity to study all aspects of the stage: acting, directing, set design, costume design, lighting. 

Drama offers a challenging and very exciting opportunity for you to explore a practical art form. You will create, perform and respond to drama, and become confident at selecting the most effective means of expression. Learning covers improvisation and scripted performances and provides you with the opportunities to learn about stage lighting, sound, costume and design. You will study a variety of plays and dramas as well as live theatre production and you will enjoy developing your skills and knowledge through study and performance. Drama is an exciting, creative and challenging subject which encourages you to develop as an independent learner.


Horticulture has a massive part to play in the future for our planet and the living things on it. From the food we eat, the sports we play, caring for the conservation of our environment, and the creation of beautiful spaces for our own human and health and wellbeing. There are lots of opportunities to experience in a sensory way the variety that exists within a garden at all times of the year, as with season, weather, plants, soils, fragrance, touch, colour, sound, and taste. You will study the fundamentals of plant identification, plant health and protection, controlling pests, diseases, disorders and weeds. You could also study topics such as how to construct landscape features, horticultural production techniques or maintaining turf. You will learn how to work safely and prepare and operate a range of garden equipment. As a school we have good working links with Springfield’s and the local community and Horticulture offers plenty of opportunities to take part in creative projects. If being outside and working with plants is of interest to you then this course fits the bill.


Art will develop your knowledge and skills. The subject is a chance to express your creativity and imagination and develop your independence. You will be given the opportunity to work in both 2D and 3D and have many opportunities to draw and paint, work with modelling materials such as plaster, scrap materials and wire sculptures as well as printmaking facilities, textiles and ceramics. Projects throughout the course will include visits to museums, galleries or other places of interest. The subject is practical based; however, students are expected to record ideas and observations in both visual and written form. The traditional language of art and design: line, tone, form, texture and colour will be explored, and the use of sketchbooks forms an important part. Students are encouraged to develop their own ideas, producing many different outcomes. Art and Design will help you to learn about the visual world, acquire the ability to investigate, observe, analyse, experiment and problem-solve. You will also learn how to express your ideas visually and develop your imaginative powers.

Food Technology

Food technology is an exciting and creative subject which focuses on practical cooking skills to ensure you have a good understanding of food science, nutrition and the working characteristics of food material.  This is a very practical course covering many popular food items, as well as written work on health, safety and hygiene, and basic meal planning.  Classroom activities during Food sessions include; learning about ingredients, understanding the properties of foods, investigating and tasting products, being creative, engaging in practical activities using a range of skills and processes and assessing products and performance. You will develop food preparation and cooking skills as well as transferable skills of problem solving, organisation and time management, planning and communication.


The PE course acknowledges the important role that physical activity plays in your life. As students you are encouraged to make informed choices about the importance of physical health and to discover sports you can continue to take part in later life. The programme provides you with the opportunity to participate in a wide range of activities including; Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Cricket, Dance, Football, Netball, Rounders, Rugby, Table Tennis, Tennis, Trampolining and Volleyball. You will be encouraged to experience different roles during lessons e.g. umpiring, coaching, managing and playing. PE will help you gain a greater sense of self and body awareness, enabling you to make informed choices about your own physical development and enhance teamworking skills. Learners study what makes a good leader, the different capacities of this role, and the leadership skills and techniques necessary when leading activities in different roles.

28/05/2021   PRIORY Newsletter May 2021

Please click on the link to go to the latest Newsletter on Vimeo

Newsletter May 2021

26/05/2021   Local School receives Breakfast Club boost from Kellogg’s

To celebrate 20 years of supporting school breakfast clubs, Kellogg’s has awarded The Priory School with £1,000 to enhance their Breakfast Club and help feed children in the morning.

The Priory School, based in Spalding, caters for pupils aged 11 to 16, who have a range of needs including Moderate Learning Difficulties, Autism, SEMH and communication issues.

The Priory School was selected to receive this boost as Kellogg’s announce they are to double their investment in Breakfast Clubs as more and more schools struggle to find the budget to fund this service for their pupils.

Breakfast Clubs help with everything from attendance and attainment to alleviating hunger and providing pre‐school care. 68% of teachers believe pupils would struggle to concentrate in class without their Breakfast Club, according to Kellogg’s research.

Matthew Bloodworth-Flatt, Headteacher said:

“We would like to say a big thank you to Kellogg’s for this funding. The Breakfast Club at The Priory not only improves life at school for pupils, it helps to support learning as a whole, with pupils being more focused during lesson time.”

Kate Prince, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, at Kellogg’s, said:

“We’re proud to have spent 20 years supporting so many schools across the UK. We believe all children should have the opportunity to start the day with breakfast, and we know that equipment and resources are just as important to clubs as the food itself.”

Kellogg’s has supported over 3,000 school breakfast clubs with funds, food and training over the last 20 years – that’s 70 million bowls of cereal to children all over the UK since 1998!

21/05/2021   Closure 7F 21.05.2021

Dear Parents and Carers 

Closure 7F 

Apologies that this information is coming to you early this morning.

I write to inform you that on Friday 21st May the Priory School will be closed to pupils in 7F. At this time, we have a number of key staff members who are currently unwell leaving us unable to safely educate and support these pupils on site.

This decision for class closure has not been taken lightly and has been made in the best interest of the whole school community.

Should this period of closure be extended you will be notified by email and text message at 2.30pm on Sunday 23rd May.  

Virtual lessons will be provided during this period of closure and more information will be distributed by 9:30am on Friday 21st May.

Please remember that if your child develops any symptoms during this isolation period please contact the school.

Yours sincerely

Matthew Bloodworth-Flatt


17/05/2021   Priory Survey Results

Dear Parents / Carers, 

Please click here if you would like to view the latest parent/carer survey results for The Priory School. 

09/05/2021   The Priory School Art Project – Celebrating the Inclusion of SEND

April 2021 marked 50 years since children and young people with severe and profound learning disabilities came within the education system in England and Wales. (The Act of 1970 became active in 1971). As part of this celebration the Mighty Creatives have launched a project to encourage children and young people to access work with or by professional artists/creative practitioners to deliver new creative educational opportunities.

To acknowledge and celebrate this significant landmark the Priory School will be working with local artist Fiona Gurney to create a large mosaic which will be displayed at the front of the school. We hope that the final piece of art will…

  • Celebrate diversity and inclusion. Share a message of acceptance, no matter an individual’s special educational needs and/or disability.
  • Capture how we have worked hard together during the pandemic to keep in touch and as an emblem of our determination to get through these tough times together.  It will become a celebration of the perseverance and love shared, the longevity of our school’s existence and it’s aims for continued success in the future.

This project opportunity will offer a chance for our whole school community to be involved in a unifying experience across all age groups. It is envisaged that every individual in the school community (pupils, teachers, support staff, office, catering and grounds staff) will be invited to provide design ideas for the mosaic mural and then be given an opportunity to participate in the practical assembling of the piece.  Pupils who want to contribute even more will work in small groups alongside Fiona Gurney across 2 - 3 full days when Fiona will become ‘artist is residence’.  During this time these pupils will learn new skills related to design, colour and tile cutting from Fiona. The launch and the final celebration day when the installation is unveiled will be a local community event.

To ensure we can do this project justice we are kindly seeking the support from within the local community in the form of a donation. Your donations would be used to provide the guidance and input we need from local mosaic artist Fiona Gurney and to cover the cost of the materials. Any donation, no matter how large or small, would be greatly accepted.

If you are able to donate please contact the main reception on 01775 724080. We look forward to keeping you up to date with the project’s progress.

06/05/2021   Closure 10C 7.5.2021

Dear Parents and Carers 

Closure 10C 

Apologies that this information is coming to you late in the evening.

I write to inform you that on Friday 7th May the Priory School will be closed to pupils in 10C. At this time, we have a number of key staff members who are currently unwell leaving us unable to safely educate and support these pupils on site.

This decision for class closure has not been taken lightly and has been made in the best interest of the whole school community – in line with our COVID-19 Risk Assessment.

Should this period of closure be extended you will be notified by email and text message at 2.30pm on Sunday 9th May. 

Virtual lessons will be provided during this period of closure and more information will be distributed by 9:30am on Friday 7th May.  

Please remember that if your child develops any symptoms during this isolation period please contact the school.

Yours sincerely

Matthew Bloodworth-Flatt



The Priory School received a funding donation from The Nineveh Charitable Trust in November last year. The funding has allowed for essential improvements to be carried out within our Forest School, specifically the pond area.

With pupil numbers growing at the school, we now have 23 pupils across the federation who use wheelchairs and parts of the Forest School are not fully accessible to them. The Priory’s ambition is to ensure that this priceless aspect of the curriculum is fully inclusive.

Matthew Bloodworth-Flatt, Headteacher, said:


“We found a local landscaping firm, NJ Pacey, to complete the works. They were fantastic and allowed some of our pupils to be involved. We now have completed pathways around the woodland area and a wonderful wheelchair friendly pond dipping jetty.


As coincidence would have it, one of the team from NJ Pacey is a former pupil of The Priory School, Jacob Crowson. It was great to see him again and for him to work with the current pupils from the school, showing them first-hand what they can achieve post school.”


The £4,000 received from The Nineveh Trust has allowed for the following improvements to the school’s Forest School facility:

  • Extensions to the pathways within the woodland to provide wheelchair access to ALL areas.
  • Installation of a ramped pathway to the pond-dipping jetty.
  • Installation of a safety gate to the pond area.
  • Installation of safety railings along the jetty.
  • Creation of wheelchair height planters and work stations (for potting).


To celebrate 20 years of supporting school breakfast clubs, Kellogg’s has awarded The Garth School £1,000 to enhance the club and help feed children in the morning.  

The Garth School was selected to receive this boost as Kellogg’s announce they are to double their investment in Breakfast Clubs as more and more schools struggle to find the budget to fund this service for their pupils.  

Breakfast Clubs help with everything from attendance and attainment to alleviating hunger and providing pre‐school care. 68 per cent of teachers believe pupils would struggle to concentrate in class without their Breakfast Club, according to Kellogg’s research.  

Claire Moore, Headteacher, said:  

“We are so grateful to receive this generous donation. Thanks to the support from Kellogg’s, we can now improve our Breakfast Club services for our pupils.”  

Kate Prince, Corporate Social Responsibility manager, at Kellogg’s, said: 

“We’re proud to have spent 20 years supporting so many schools across the UK. We believe all children should have the opportunity to start the day with breakfast, and we know that equipment and resources are just as important to clubs as the food itself.”  

Kellogg’s has supported over 3,000 school breakfast clubs with funds, food and training over the last 20 years – that’s 70 million bowls of cereal to children all over the UK since 1998! 

29/04/2021   Closure 9T 30.04.2021

Closure 9T 

Apologies that this information is coming to you late in the evening.

I write to inform you that on Friday 30th April the Priory School will be closed to pupils in 9T. At this time, we have a number of key staff members who are currently unwell leaving us unable to safely educate and support these pupils on site.

This decision for class closure has not been taken lightly and has been made in the best interest of the whole school community.

Should this period of closure be extended you will be notified by email and text message at 2.30pm on Monday 3rd May.  

Virtual lessons will be provided during this period of closure and more information will be distributed by 9:30am on Friday 30th April.

Please remember that if your child develops any symptoms during this isolation period please contact the school.

Yours sincerely

Matthew Bloodworth-Flatt


26/04/2021   New Year 7 Students September 2021

Mr Bloodworth-Flatt will be holding a virtual TEAMS meeting on Thursday 13th May at 6pm for parents and carers of our new Year 7 students who will be joining us in September. This will be a chance for parents and carers to ask any questions they may have. 

If you would like to join this meeting please email with your name and the email address to be used. If we do not receive a response we will use the email address provided on your child's EHCP. 

26/04/2021   Year 5 Prospective Parents

Mr Bloodworth-Flatt will be holding a virtual TEAMS meeting on Thursday 20th May at 6pm for all prospective parents and carers. This will be a chance for parents and carers to ask any questions they may have. 

If you would like to join this meeting please email with your name and the email address to be used. 

01/04/2021   Lincolnshire Police 'Drug Sweets in Circulation'

Please view the document below from Lincolnshire Police regarding drug sweets in circulation. 

Drug Sweets Documents

01/04/2021   Term 5 begins Monday, 19 April

Garth and Priory Schools re-open after the Easter holiday on Monday, 19 April 2021.

01/04/2021   Lincolnshire Police Omegle Parent Guide

Please click on the following link to view a document from Lincolnshire Police regarding Omegle. 

Omegle Parent Guide

15/03/2021   PRIORY Home Testing for Pupils

When pupils have received 3 lateral flow tests in school, we will send a testing kit for you to use at home.  Further information about this testing can be found in Mr Bloodworth-Flatt's letter (please click here) and by clicking on the links below.

Step by step guide to testing

Testing results to Priory School - also to be used if pupil is unable/refuses to take the test

If you have any queries please contact the school.

15/03/2021   World Book Day Competition Winners

Congratulations to the winners!  Please click on the link for the winning designs and winners

Competition Winners


09/03/2021   CONSULTATION - Priory School


Dear Parents, Carers and Local Residents

As you may be aware, a package of investment to improve school provision and support for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) has been approved by the council's Executive with the support of all special schools and the Lincolnshire Parent Carer Forum. 

As part of this investment package, The Priory School will be subject to significant re-development, including the building of a new block and extensive remodelling to existing facilities. This is an exciting opportunity for children and young people in Spalding and surrounding area with SEND to be educated in modern, updated facilities which will enable them to fulfil their potential.

This investment will provide enhanced premises and facilities and additional places for local children and young people with SEND, ensuring they can be educated in their local community.

As either your child attends the Priory school or you reside in the vicinity of Priory School you may be interested to find out more about the proposed developments. Due to Covid-19 we are unable to hold a pre-planning engagement event which we would usually do in advance of any school development project. Therefore, we would like to invite you to find out more about the development scheme and view the plans virtually. From 08/03/2021, you will be able to view the proposed plans on the website Please click onto the ‘Priory School’ tab and then onto the ‘SEND expansion statement for public consultation’.

Your contributions are important to us and will help shape the final planning application. Therefore, we would like to invite your comments and questions via email at Alternatively, please contact the school on 01775 724080 where a member of the senior leadership team will be happy to discuss your comments. All contributions will need to be submitted by 17/03/2021.

Yours sincerely

Matthew Bloodworth-Flatt


Please click on the below links to view planning documents virtually. 

Planning Statement Public Consultation

Proposed Landscape Masterplan Part 1

Proposed Landscape Masterplan Part 2

Proposed Elevations 

Proposed Elevations Block 6

Proposed Floor Plan Block 1 

Proposed Floor Plan Block 6

Proposed Fencing Plan Part 1

Proposed Fencing Plan Part 2

Site Location Plan 

Visualisation of New Build

07/03/2021   Loaned Technology

Dear Parents and Carers, 

If your child has recently loaned a laptop during lockdown could I please kindly ask that this is returned on their return to school as we will continue to use this technology as part of our lessons. Should there be any further closures the technology will be made available to you for use. 

Many thanks 

Matthew Bloodworth-Flatt

22/02/2021   Vacancy for a Parent Governor

Spalding Special Schools Federation has a vacancy for a parent governor.  The closing date is 5 March 2021 at 9.00am.  Please use the links below for further information about being a parent governor and how to apply.

1. Parent Election 2021

2. Parent Election 2021 declaration form

3. Local School Board role description and code of conduct

22/02/2021   World Book Day tokens

As in previous years, every pupil in the school will receive a £1 book token towards a book of their choice.

Any pupil attending school this week will receive a book token to bring home.  If pupils are not attending school, please click on the link below to obtain the token for your child.

World Book Day £1 token

20/02/2021   The Priory School - Update Message Term 4

Last term the school had as many children attending as our staffing and room sizes would allow. This term will begin with similar arrangements as we all await further announcements from the Government regarding current infection rates and whether these have reduced enough to allow for greater social mixing.

As always, the school appreciates your continued support with your child’s virtual learning. As a school we hope these arrangements will only end soon and, when it is safe to do so, welcome all pupils back for face to face education. Until then we look forward to seeing those families virtually at the start of next term.

Following forthcoming Government announcements, I will work swiftly to establish a plan and communicate this with you all when complete and appropriate. As always, I will aim to give you as much notice as possible.

Class teams will continue to conduct weekly safe and well checks with all families. Please do discuss any challenges you feel your child is facing and we will talk the situation though with you and explore options to help. If at any time you need to speak with a staff member please do contact main reception.

I hope that I will be able to write to you soon with more firm news about wider reopening.

 Matthew Bloodworth-Flatt


15/02/2021   Term 4 begins Monday, 22 February 2021

Term 4 begins on Monday, 22 February 2021.

12/02/2021   Priory School Half Term

Term 3 will finish on Friday 12th February 2021. Students (keyworkers) are expected to return on Monday 22nd February 2021. 

11/02/2021   World Book Day competition

World Book Day takes place on 4 March this year and we'd love you to design a mask

Please email your mask to Mrs Greene by 1 March - the winner will be announced on World Book Day!

11/02/2021   Priory and Garth Schools Closed 11/02/2021

Priory and Garth Schools Closed 11/2/2020

The Priory and Garth Schools will be closed on Thursday 11th February given the level of snow fall within the catchment area, a forecast of more snow overnight and dangerous driving conditions. Virtual learning, where planned, will take place as usual. Apologies for any inconvenience caused. 

Matthew Bloodworth-Flatt and Claire Moore

10/02/2021   Priory and Garth Schools Closed 10.02.2021

Priory and Garth Schools Closed 10/2/2020

The Priory and Garth Schools will be closed on Wednesday 10th February given the level of snow fall within some parts of our catchment area, a forecast of more snow and dangerous driving conditions. Virtual learning, where planned, will take place as usual. Apologies for any inconvenience caused. 

Matthew Bloodworth-Flatt and Claire Moore

09/02/2021   PRIORY Internet Safer Day

We have resources and information to help everyone take part in the Internet Safer Day:

Parent and Carers information letter

Family Lockdown Guide

What would you do game - scenarios / suggested answers

The Brave Artwork Challenge

Stay Safe Online

09/02/2021   Priory and Garth Schools Closed

Priory and Garth School Schools Closed 9/2/2020

The Priory and Garth Schools will be closed on Tuesday 9th February given the level of snow fall within some parts of our catchment area and a forecast for further snow and high winds. Virtual learning, where planned, will take place as usual. Apologies for any inconvenience caused. 

Matthew Bloodworth-Flatt and Claire Moore

09/02/2021   Priory School - COVID related closure

I write to inform you that on Tuesday 9th February the school was informed of a confirmed positive case.

Acknowledging this confirmed positive case, the decision has been made to close certain bubbles and revert to home learning. All pupils and staff members within year 10 and a group of year 9 pupils need to isolate. You will have received a letter via email and text message notification informing you that your child must isolate. At this time, unless your child has symptoms, they only need to isolate and other members of the household may continue to attend work or school as usual.

The bubble will remain closed for the remainder of this term and pupils must isolate until Sunday 14th of February. During this period of closure work will be available through the continuity of learning tab on the school’s website.

Please remember that if your child develops any symptoms during this isolation period please contact the school.

08/02/2021   GARTH School closing 1.30pm today Monday 8.2.2021

Dear Parents and Carers

The school will close due to the present weather and driving conditions and with the forecast for further snow and high winds.  Taxis will arrive at 1.30pm - parents to collect their children at 1.45pm.

If you have any queries, please phone the school 01775 725566

Many thanks

Claire Moore

08/02/2021   School Open

The Priory and Garth Schools are currently open. However, given the level of snow fall within some parts of our catchment area and a forecast for further snow and high winds the school may need to be closed early to ensure all pupils and staff members can travel home safely.

08/02/2021   PRIORY School closing 1pm today Monday 8.2.2021

Dear Parents and Carers 

The school will close today due to constant snow fall within some parts of our catchment area and a forecast for further snow and high winds. This will ensure all pupils and staff members can travel home safely. I appreciate the circumstances within your local area may not seem dangerous at this time but it is important to note that one bus route may cover a large geographical area where the weather has impacted greatly. We will be asking Transport Connect to be at school for a 1pm collection. 

Many thanks 

Matthew Bloodworth-Flatt

07/02/2021   Parent and Carer Virtual Meeting

Mrs Barber, Inclusion Mentor at the Priory School, is moving her monthly parent and carer coffee mornings online. As always parents and carers, within the local area, who have a child with SEND can attend the meeting. This meeting will take place on Thursday 11th at 2pm via Microsoft Teams. To register your interest please complete the attached form. Click Here

22/01/2021   10T Virtual Learning

10T virtual learning will be cancelled this afternoon due to technical difficulties. 

17/01/2021   How to join a teams meeting

Please find attached information to support you in loading your teams meeting. 

Click Here

14/01/2021   PRIORY further update about virtual learning commencing 18.1.2021

Dear Parents and Carers,  

You will be aware that from Monday 18th January we will be starting virtual learning sessions for all learners. There will be at least two sessions provided virtually per day which will include English, Mathematics, Social Session and Science (Science is for Y9, 10 and 11 pupils only).  

You will appreciate that this is incredibly different to the way in which we usually work with our learners and, as a staff group, we have been working hard to prepare for these sessions. As we launch live lessons we would kindly ask for your ongoing support. We hope that all will go as planned but as you will understand from time to time there may be a technical issue that means the planned lesson is disrupted.  

Before joining your first virtual session you and your child must read the following agreement:  

Once read you must also sign the following form:  

What should I do if there is a technical issue?  

Always try to log into the virtual session 10 minutes before the session begins. This will ensure you have plenty of time to reset any devices or applications if required.  

If you experience an ongoing technical issue which you yourself are unable to solve please feel free to ring the school on 01775 724080. We will do our best to support you over the phone.  

In the event that we are unable to support you with your query we will contact our ICT support providers to see how the issue can be resolved.  


By the end of this week there will be more information of how to access the virtual lessons on Microsoft Teams. For your information your child’s timetable is available on the schools website. All sessions highlighted in green or grey will take place virtually on Microsoft Teams:  


We posted learning packs to all pupils this week. At this time you do not need to do anything with these resources but have them to hand ready for next week. In this pack you will find a white board and pen; a green exercise book (squares) to complete maths work; a blue lined exercise book (lined) to complete English work; various cards with symbols (including smiley faces and a thumbs up symbol) – teachers may use these as an interactive part of their lesson; a piece of red, green, blue and pink card. Class teachers may have also added some personal resources for their teaching. Please keep these close by in the envelope ready for the first session.  

Questions and queries  

If, as a parent or carer, you have any questions or queries regarding the learning that is or has taken place, we would kindly ask that you do not raise them within the session. You are more than welcome to discuss anything with your class teacher after the session (please call reception on 01775 724080 and we will put you in touch with them).  

Behaviour and Learning Expectations in the Home 

Please find the below information for your reference taken from our remote learning policy. We kindly ask all parents and carers to be available to support their child if needed. We appreciate that some pupils will be able to access the session independently and therefore ask that parents remain within the area whilst pupils are online. We acknowledge that some pupils may need ongoing support throughout the session and thank you for your help as you work with us to facilitate their learning.  

It is expected that all students:

  • Are awake, out of bed, dressed appropriately and ready to learn before the start of their school day.
  • Use their laptop and internet connection to access Teams and complete school work during the lesson times stated in the timetable.
  • Where students are unwell or can not access the lessons through a computer, their parents are to inform school immediately on 01775 724080.
  • All usual medications are taken as though it was a school day.
  • All students follow the behaviour expectations of the school.  This includes no swearing, no eating whilst on screen, and being respectful to staff and their peers.
  • All students are to complete the work set to the best of their ability and return it to the teacher by the end of the session in the method they were told.  This could be email, a forms submission or keep hold of the work until next lesson.
  • Where possible work in an area where their internet usage can be monitored by an appropriate person.
  • Use the ICT appropriately, as they have been shown in school.
  • Students will be awarded merits as usual throughout this period. 

It is expected that parents:

  • Parents must contact school on 01775 724080, or at if their child is ill, displays symptoms of Covid-19 or has taken a Covid-19 test, before 9:30am.
  • Provide a way of accessing the material through the internet or have made alternative arrangements with the school prior to the school closure
  • Inform the school immediately if the student cannot access the material due to ICT failure so alternative arrangements can be made
  • Support students with their learning as much as they can
  • Encourage the student to complete the work set, and take breaks from the work at the appropriate times
  • Refrain from swearing, shouting or screaming whilst learning is taking place, ensuring that they have a quiet area they can work, and ensure that siblings follow the same rules
  • Reinforce safe working procedures, for example not to use the computer unsupervised, not to access inappropriate websites, and to use social media responsibly and correctly.  Further information on this is available in the home-schooling section on the school website
  • Parents are to contact their child’s key worker if they have difficulties with the work set or are refusing to complete the work.  The keyworker will then inform the teaching staff who will decide upon the next steps taken.

Should you have any questions please contact the school 01775 724080 or me via email

Many thanks, Mr Bloodworth-Flatt

13/01/2021   GARTH Remote Education Provision

Please use the link for information about the Garth School's Remote Learning Provision.  If you have any queries, please contact the school.

12/01/2021   Priory School - Update Message 12.1.2021

Dear parents and carers,

Firstly, I wanted to thank each and every one of you for your support since the start of this term.  I write to you deeply saddened that we find ourselves within another national lockdown.  I appreciate how such a situation affects our young learners and have some appreciation of how difficult this situation is for many families. 

As you are aware, the school is operating with a reduced capacity providing face to face education in the first instance for those children whose parents or carers are key workers.  In addition to these learners we continue to review a safe working capacity in school and will gladly welcome more learners back into school when it is safe to do so.  I know all families will appreciate that the current message from government is to ‘stay at home’ where possible. 

This decision does not suggest that schools and colleges are no longer safe places for young people. Instead, limiting attendance is about reducing the number of contacts that all of us have with people in other households.

We have resisted closing schools until now, but in the face of the rapidly rising numbers of cases across the country and intense pressure on the NHS, we now need to use every lever at our disposal to reduce all contacts outside households wherever possible.

There are many factors which involved in our risk assessments which ensure we continue to work in a safe manner to protect all.  We continue to review the national and local circumstances and ensure we are doing all we can to include as many pupils within school.

As the national lockdown is expected to last until at least mid-February we are exploring alternative methods to engage learners within their education whilst they are working within their home.  You will be aware that as of Monday 18th January we will be rolling out a number of virtual remote learning experiences. We really hope as many pupils will take up this offer of education and we look forward to working with pupils virtually.  Over the coming days you will be sent more information regarding this arrangement in preparation for lessons.  To ensure you are prepared you may wish to download the Microsoft Teams application in advance as you await further instructions.  If you are using a tablet or iPad this can be sourced through your application store.  If you are using a laptop this software can be downloaded here . 

If you are using the software on a PlayStation or Xbox there is not download requirement. Instructions of how to log on will be sent shortly.

Once again thank you for your continued support.

Matthew Bloodworth-Flatt


08/01/2021   PRIORY Update Message 8.1.2021

Dear parents and carers, 

I would like to thank you all for your support this week as the school has adapted to the necessary changes in place due to the national lockdown. We are working incredibly hard in school to ensure effective learning arrangements are in place for all learners and thank you for your patience at this time.

We hope to have virtual remote learning fully established and in place as of Monday 18th January. Thank you to those parents and carers who have provided us with feedback regarding this arrangement. Until then remote learning will continue through the continuity of learning tab on our website.

I appreciate you may continue to have some questions regarding what arrangements within school will look like in the coming weeks. Where possible I will do my best to keep you all updated regarding any new and necessary developments. 

Continue to keep safe and look after yourselves and please do contact the school if you have any questions or queries. 

Matthew Bloodworth-Flatt (Headteacher)

05/01/2021   PRIORY Update Message

Dear Parents/Carers

Mr Scott will be contacting key worker parents of students in years 7 - 10 today to discuss places in school. 

04/01/2021   The Priory School - update message 4.1.2021

Dear parents and carers

You will be aware of the on-going debate between the teaching unions and the government regarding school re-opening tomorrow.  The debate centres around the safety of staff in schools and the apparent conflict between government advice and that of SAGE.  Whilst we have a robust risk assessment in place, and have had throughout this pandemic, the teaching unions feel that the government should delay the opening of schools until the R rate declines.

Following recent correspondence from staff members within the Priory School, I write to inform you that, as from Tuesday 5th January 2021, the Priory School will only be open to those children whose parents are identified as key workers and those who are vulnerable meaning they continue to require face to face education.

For students in Years 8 to 11, I will utilise information collated last academic year to determine whether your child will be taught within school.  Year 7 parents and carers should complete the following survey:

Parents and carers of those pupils who will be attending school for face to face education will shortly receive an email from myself.  We will continue with the planned staggered reintegration to school for keyworker and vulnerable children only:

Year 11 – Tuesday 5th January

Year 10 and Year 9 – Wednesday 6th January

Year 8 and Year 7 – Thursday 7th January 

For those children working within the home we will provide learning on our website under the continuity of learning tab.  We will also be looking at ways we can work with your child remotely via video conferencing in the near future. 

My apologies for the short notice.  Please be assured I am writing to you as soon as possible. I can assure you, we will keep you updated regularly on the situation as it evolves.

Mr Bloodworth-Flatt

04/01/2021   The Priory School - Update Message regarding National Lockdown

The Priory School – In light of this evening’s announcement made by government there may be some additional changes required to start of term plans and arrangements communicated today. Year 11 parents and carers have been contacted if their child is receiving face to face education tomorrow – this will still go ahead as planned. Update information, in line with our phased return to education, for other year groups will be distributed tomorrow (Tuesday 5th January). Any further amendments in line with government guidance will also be shared tomorrow.

31/12/2020   The Priory School - Update Message 31.12.2020

Please see important update information regarding school arrangements as on 5.1.2021 at  

30/12/2020   The Priory School - Update Message

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope this message finds you well and you have all been able to have an enjoyable Christmas break under these difficult circumstances. Today, Wednesday 30th December, the government will be making an announcement with further detail regarding school start of term arrangements. Should there be any further information to share with you I will look to update you as soon as possible. As explained in previous correspondence Monday 4th January will now be utilised as a training day in school so we are able to prepare for mass testing of staff members and secondary aged pupils. Acknowledging this, pupils will not attend school until Tuesday 5th January. Please continue to monitor the school’s website and regularly check emails and text messages for up to date information.

Please do not hesitate to contact me directly by email or by phone 07464 483105 if any cases are confirmed in your household during the remainder of the holiday or if you have any other concerns that I can help with.


Matthew Bloodworth-Flatt


18/12/2020   Revised start of term date 5th January 2021

Dear Parents and Carers of pupils at the Priory and Garth Schools,  

Late yesterday afternoon the Government announced that all schools with pupils of a secondary age will begin routine testing when pupils return January 2021. This will help deliver the national priority of keeping as many pupils and staff members as possible in school beyond the start of the term, minimising the spread of the virus and disruption caused by coronavirus (COVID-19) cases arising in educational settings. 

Acknowledging the above pupils will now return as of Tuesday 5th of January. We await further guidance and information from the government to understand the full extent of these procedures and will update you in due course when more information is provided. 

Monday 4th of January will now be utilised as a staffing INSET day to ensure we are prepared for these new procedures and responsibilities in school. 

Matthew Bloodworth-Flatt (Headteacher Priory School)

Claire Moore (Headteacher Garth School)

16/12/2020   PRIORY Santa Run

The Priory School 'Santa Run' will take place on Thursday 17 December. Pupils are invited to wear a Christmas Jumper along with trainers. 

15/12/2020   Closure Year 10 and Route 2


Dear Parents and Carers

Closure Year 10 and Route 2 

I write to inform you that on Tuesday 15th December the school was informed of a confirmed positive case.

Acknowledging this confirmed positive case, the decision has been made to close certain bubbles and revert to home learning. All pupils and staff members within year 10 and transport taxi route 2 will need to isolate. At this time, unless your child has symptoms, they only need to isolate and other members of the household may continue to attend work or school as usual. 

The bubble will remain closed for the remainder of this term and pupils must isolate until Monday 21st of December. Pupil will return to school on Monday 4th of January at the start of the new term. During this period of closure work will be available through the continuity of learning tab on the school’s website.

Please remember that if your child develops any symptoms during this isolation period please contact the school.

Yours sincerely

Matthew Bloodworth-Flatt

11/12/2020   Award and Presentation Video

The Priory School - Our Award and Presentation Evening video can be found at the following link.

09/12/2020   The Priory School community rallies for The Salvation Army

Two members of staff from The Priory School decided to support the Salvation Army’s ‘Christmas Present Appeal’ this year, and have been humbled by the huge support from parents and staff.

Nicole Amott, Teacher and Lead of Health Education (PSHE), along with Hayley Franks, Teaching Assistant, held a non-uniform day on Friday 4th December. They were amazed and overjoyed by the huge number of items that were donated on the day, along with £73 raised in cash which was used to buy additional gifts.

Over the years, millions of children and young people have benefited from gifts donated to The Salvation Army, and this year The Priory School donated 18 shoe boxes, gave 11 gift sets of smellies, 18 presents for older children/teenagers, and 10 bars of chocolate that go in to Christmas food hamper boxes that families also receive.

Hayley Franks said:

“We would like to say a massive, heartfelt thank you to everyone who supported us this year. The charity collections Mrs Amott and I organise only work because of our kind, generous and supportive pupils, staff, parents and carers.

It is lovely to think that a few more children and their families will be having a much happier Christmas because of our school community at The Priory.

Mission ‘shoe box’ complete. Happy Christmas everyone!”

Headteacher, Matt Bloodworth-Flatt added:

“It’s remarkable really, our staff have been so busy this year and the fact that they have found the time to support this great cause as well, is amazing. The school are very proud.”

08/12/2020   Priory School Newsletter

Click here to find a copy of our recent newsletter. 

02/12/2020   GARTH New Facilities Wing opens

The Garth School officially opens new facilities block  

We officially opened our brand-new wing at the school this week.  

The remodelling of the school has delivered 5 new classrooms with contained external play space, 2 new hygiene suites and a playground extension, to help provide improved learning experiences for pupils. This is the second scheme completed within Lincolnshire County Council's special schools project, which will see over £50m invested in improvements at 13 school sites delivered over a five-year period. 

Cllr Mrs Patricia Bradwell OBE, Executive Councillor for Children's Services, said: 

"I'm delighted to see the new wing completed at The Garth School. It's a testament to the hard work of all involved that the project has continued to move forward despite the disruption caused by the pandemic. 

We want to ensure that all children can access high-quality education, as near to their family and local community as possible, and this project will certainly help us achieve that. 

This is part of a much wider programme, which will see over £50m invested in improved support and facilities for children with SEND over the next five years. 

These improvements will mean more pupils with SEND can attend a local school rather than having to travel large distances for their education, which will be of great benefit to both the children and their families." 

Headteacher, Claire Moore said: 

“I, along with all of the staff at The Garth, are overwhelmed with the new extension. This literally will transform the learning opportunities and environments in which our pupils have to explore, investigate and take ownership for more of their attainment and progress in all areas of their development.  

We will now have access to bespoke teaching areas for our more formal learners, space within classrooms and outdoor learning areas for all pupils to initiate their own learning, and we are very excited to be re-configuring two of the existing classrooms into a Physiotherapy Room and a Multi -Sensory Room, which will quite simply make all the difference!”   

Steve Worboys, RG Carter Building Solutions Manager said:  

“Bringing this project to life during these challenging times has been a real team effort and we are extremely proud to have played our part in something that will have a positive impact on the community and education of pupils for many years to come.”   

Claire Moore added:   

“The design of the build is incredible and my heartfelt thanks need to be expressed to Rob Diamond and Kate Westwood from Peter Smith Associates Architects. Also, MPH and RG Carter Construction have worked tirelessly to ensure this build has been completed within a tight time frame and both companies have liaised brilliantly with the Senior Leadership Team at the school throughout the process.   

It is disappointing that due to COVID restrictions, we are unable to gather with all stakeholders to celebrate such a wonderful addition to our school, but I have no doubt we will be able to hold a summer party in July 2021. Watch this space!” 

27/11/2020   PRIORY Family Wellbeing and Anxiety Support Booklet

Tips and suggestions about talking to your child about coronavirus are given in the Family Wellbeing and Anxiety Support Booklet.  If you would like to dicuss any issue with the Priory Inclusion Team (Mrs Barber, Mrs Flatters or Mr Kingston) please contact the school.

26/11/2020   PRIORY UPDATE on Partial School Closure 27.11.2020

UPDATE: It is now possible to open the whole school on Friday, 27 November.

Unfortunately at this time key staff members continue to isolate in some class groups meaning we are unable to safely provide education in school. If your child's class is closed on Friday, 27 November you will have received an email and text to advise you of this.

25/11/2020   PRIORY Partial closure 26.11.2020

We are now able to open a number of class groups on 26.11.2020.

Unfortunately at this time key staff members continue to isolate in some class groups meaning we are unable to safely provide education in school. Please check your email for further information as to whether your child’s class is open or closed on the 26.11.2020.

24/11/2020   PRIORY Whole School Closure 25.11.2020

Dear Parents and Carers

I write to inform you that on Wednesday 25th November the Priory School will be closed. At this time, we have key staff members who are currently isolating and awaiting results in relation to COVID-19. The absence of these staff members means we are unable to ensure all members of the school community are safeguarded. 

This decision for full school closure has not been taken lightly and has been made in the best interest of the whole school community. 

Should this period of closure be extended you will be notified by email and text message at 2.30pm on Wednesday 25th November. 

During this period of closure work will be available through the continuity of learning tab on the school’s website.

If your child develops any symptoms during this isolation period please contact the school. 

Yours sincerely

Matthew Bloodworth-Flatt, Headteacher

16/11/2020   The Priory Do Movember!

Globally, the rate of suicide is alarmingly high, particularly in men. Too many men are ‘toughing it out’, keeping their feelings to themselves and struggling in silence. Movember is aiming to reduce the rate of male suicide by 25% by 2030, and we want to help them get there. Help us stop men dying too young. Particularly, in times like these we need to be able to raise awareness for our friends, family, colleagues and anyone else we know. And what better way, than to grow a moustache!

To support us, please follow the link below: 

14/11/2020   Closure Year 9

Closure Year 9

I write to inform you that on Saturday 14th of November the school was informed of a confirmed positive case within the year 9 bubble.

Acknowledging this confirmed positive case, the decision has been made to close the bubble and revert to home learning. All pupils and staff members within year 9 will need to isolate. At this time, unless your child has symptoms, they only need to isolate and other members of the household may continue to attend work or school as usual.

The bubble will remain closed until Monday 23rd November. Pupil will return to school on Tuesday 24th November. During this period of closure work will be available through the continuity of learning tab on the school’s website.

Please remember that if your child develops any symptoms during this isolation period please contact the school.

Yours sincerely

Matthew Bloodworth-Flatt

14/11/2020   Closure Route 4

Dear Parents and Carers

Closure Pupils on Route 4

I write to inform you that on Saturday 14th of November the school was informed of a confirmed positive case with persons on Route 4.

Acknowledging this confirmed positive case, the decision has been made to close this route and revert to home learning. All pupils and staff members on this route will need to isolate. At this time, unless your child has symptoms, they only need to isolate and other members of the household may continue to attend work or school as usual.

The bubble will remain closed until Monday 23rd November. Pupil will return to school on Tuesday 24th November. During this period of closure work will be available through the continuity of learning tab on the school’s website.

Please remember that if your child develops any symptoms during this isolation period please contact the school.

Yours sincerely

Matthew Bloodworth-Flatt

12/11/2020   Closure Year 8

There has been a confirmed case of Covid-19 within the 8 bubble. The class will close as of Friday 13th November and reopen on Thursday 26th November.

Work for the class will be posted on the Continuity of Learning tab on the school's website.

If your child develops any symptoms during this isolation period, please contact the school.

09/11/2020   Closure 11A

Class 11A was closed to pupils from Tuesday, 10 November due to key staff members working within the bubble who are currently isolating as per guidance from Track and Trace.  There has now been a confirmed case of Covid-19 within the bubble and the whole year group will close.  11A  bubble will reopen on Thursday 26 November.

Work for the class will be posted on the Continuity of Learning tab on the school's website.

If your child develops any symptoms during this isolation period, please contact the school.

04/11/2020   Clinically Extremely Vulnerable

Those children who are clinically extremely vulnerable are advised not to attend school while national restriction are in place as of Thursday 5th November. The school will make appropriate arrangements for your child to be able to continue their education at home. Children who live with someone who is clinically extremely vulnerable, but who are not clinically extremely vulnerable themselves, should still attend school.

Please contact if you have any personal queries. 

the following conditions are automatically deemed clinically extremely vulnerable:

  • solid organ transplant recipients
  • those with specific cancers:
  • those with severe respiratory conditions including all cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • those with rare diseases that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), homozygous sickle cell disease)
  • those on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection
  • other people who have also been classed as clinically extremely vulnerable, based on clinical judgement and an assessment of their needs. GPs and hospital clinicians have been provided with guidance to support these decisions

03/11/2020   CIT News

To view the new CIT newsletter, please follow the link provided: 

03/11/2020   9P CLOSED - RE-OPEN ON 12 NOVEMBER

9P class is closed. It will re-open to students on 12 November. 

20/10/2020   Class Closure 9AH 20.10.2020

9AH will remain closed on Tuesday, 20 October.  Athis time, we have a number of key staff members who are currently unwell leaving us unable to safely educate and support these pupils on site.  (Letter sent via email)

Should this period of closure be extended you will be notified by email and text message at 2.30pm on Tuesday 20th October.

Please remember that if your child develops any symptoms during this isolation period please contact the school.

Mr Bloodworth-Flatt

18/10/2020   Class Closure 9AH

Dear Parents and Carers

Closure 9AH

Apologies that this information is coming to you at this time on a weekend.

I write to inform you that on Monday 19th October the Priory School will be closed to pupils in 9AH. At this time, we have a number of key staff members who are currently unwell leaving us unable to safely educate and support these pupils on site.

This decision for class closure has not been taken lightly and has been made in the best interest of the whole school community.

Should this period of closure be extended you will be notified by email and text message at 2.30pm on Monday 19th October.

Please remember that if your child develops any symptoms during this isolation period please contact the school.

Yours sincerely

Matthew Bloodworth-Flatt


18/10/2020   Priory School - Non-uniform Thursday 22nd October

On Thursday 22nd of October the Priory School will be supporting our local homeless community with a non-uniform initiative for students. For a £1 donation or a new pair of men’s socks, students can replace their uniform for non-uniform which must include either odd or brightly coloured/patterned socks. All donations will be used to purchase new socks which will then be distributed locally to support the homeless through winter.

14/10/2020   Janet Corcoran, Chair of Governors, awarded MBE

Spalding Special School’s Chair of Governors receives MBE

Janet Corcoran has received the honour for her work spanning 40 years championing education for pupils with autism.

The announcement had been delayed from the Queen’s official birthday in June so those working on the frontline against coronavirus could also be included. Janet’s work in raising awareness of autistic children’s educational needs, and ensuring that families receive the information and support they need has not stopped since.

Married to Terry for 51 years, the couple moved to Lincolnshire from Northamptonshire for the birth of their first son Ross (now 42). Ross was diagnosed in the late 1980s with Autism and Janet decided to join the National Autistic Society (NAS). She was later invited onto the Board as a Trustee. Janet also joined the Lincolnshire Autistic Society which was set up by two other dedicated parents, and across Lincolnshire, they worked together to grow support groups, working with any professionals who would listen.

Janet Corcoran MBE and son Ross

[Pictured: Janet with her son, Ross]

Janet said:

“I have always maintained that a volunteer can only make a difference if they have excellent professionals to work with and I’ve been extremely lucky to have these with Daran Bland leading the teams from The Priory and The Garth Schools, and Louise Stanton, Headteacher at Gosberton House School.

AIM4Lincs (Autism Inclusion Mark for Lincolnshire) then came along and began with a group of us working together with NAS on Autism Accreditation for schools.

I also work with the Lincolnshire Autism Partnership Board and Adult Social Care to promote good practice.”

When Janet’s terms of office came to an end at NAS she was co-opted to serve as Chairman across their Education Directorate (Independent Schools and Multi Academy Trust) and remains there today. Janet retired from teaching but continues her work with the Lincolnshire Autistic Society, the County Autism Partnership Board and she is currently Chair of the Local School Board for The Spalding Special Schools Federation (Priory & Garth).

Janet joins the likes of Joe Wicks and Marcus Rashford, as members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).

Janet, on finding out the exciting news:

“I deleted the first email that came through as I thought it was a hoax! I feel honoured and overwhelmed though, it is a privilege to be able to bring Autism and Education into the news.”

08/10/2020   PRIORY Caretaker (part time) vacancy

Please see the vacancies page on the News tab of the website for full details.

Closing date: 12pm on 24 October / interviews w/c 26 October

05/10/2020   Lincolnshire Parent/Carer Forum

Please click here to view the latest newsletter. 


02/10/2020   PRIORY SCHOOL remains closed Friday 2 October 2020

Dear Parents and Carers 

Thank you for your support today whilst the school is closed. Unfortunately, at this time, we continue to have key staff members who are currently isolating and awaiting results in relation to COVID-19. Acknowledging this, the school will be closed on Friday 2nd October. 

Should this period of closure be extended you will be notified by email and text message at 2.30pm on Sunday 4th October. 

Yours sincerely 

Mr Matthew Bloodworth-Flatt

Head Teacher

Letter confirming closure

01/10/2020   PRIORY School closed 1 October 2020


Dear Parents and Carers

Closure Whole School

I write to inform you that on Thursday 1st October the Priory School will be closed. At this time, we have key staff members who are currently isolating and awaiting results in relation to COVID-19. 

This decision for full school closure has not been taken lightly and has been made in the best interest of the whole school community. 

Should this period of closure be extended you will be notified by email and text message at 2.30pm on Thursday 1st October. (Should the school reopen on Friday 2nd October pupils in 11A must continue to isolate as per their previously stated instructions). 

If your child develops any symptoms during this isolation period please contact the school.

Learning Continuity Plan Letter

Yours sincerely

Matthew Bloodworth-Flatt


01/10/2020   PRIORY Continuity for Learning - home learning

Home learning information and work set by class teachers is now available on the 'Continuity for Learning' tab - Priory Home Learning.

14/09/2020   Information from the Immunisation Team to schools

Information from The Immunisation Team to Schools

As we begin the 2020/21 academic year immunisation programmes I wanted to share with you the standard precautions the School Age Immunisation Service will employ within your schools to ensure that we deliver COVID19 safe immunisation sessions. 

Infection Control Guidance for going into schools. 

·         All equipment to be used is to be cleaned prior to arrival at school

·         Face mask to be worn on entrance to school

·         On arrival to designated vaccination area all surfaces that will be used by the immunisation team will be cleaned. Windows will be opened where possible

·         Fridges will need to be plugged in and in the same room as the immunisation team for the duration of the session

·         Immunisation staff will need access to hand washing facilities

·         Face mask, visor and apron will be worn to vaccinate. Hands will be sanitised between each child

·         Masks and aprons will be changed and visors cleaned between bubbles

·         All used surfaces including chairs will be cleaned between bubbles and at the end of the session

·         All waste will be bagged within school and disposed of by the immunisation team

·         Immunisation staff will wear a face mask at all times whilst in school

I appreciate that this is a very different start to the academic year and we are all adjusting to the required changes and the challenges this brings. The team are now contacting you to confirm dates for immunisation sessions.

I am aware that the DfE guidance on the return to schools has indicated that immunisation programmes should continue to be supported in schools but that locally this may vary.

These programmes are important to the health of us all and I would be grateful if you could contact me directly (details below) if you plan to refuse my team entry to your school when contacted.

Thank you for your continued support of our programmes to protect the health of our children and the population of Lincolnshire. 

Stay safe


Kind Regards


Maria Turner

Professional Advisor School Age Immunisations

Lincolnshire Community Health Services

Venture House

Gilbert Drive


PE21 7TW

25/08/2020   PRIORY September updated opening information

Dear Parents and Carers, 

Following recent questions raised by some I felt it most useful to combine information regarding September into one document for ease. Please click here for the updated letter. Please read this letter carefully as there is additional information included. I have also included a copy of the Welcome Back to School document. 

Please note school officially opens for pupils on Wednesday 16th September 2020. The only exception to this is for a small group of pupils who are being invited into school early for specific transitions days. If you have not received correspondence about an earlier start date your child will begin school on Wednesday 16th September. 


I believe a number of parents and/or carers are awaiting confirmation of arrangements from our transport provider. I raised this concern and hope to have further information soon. They should contact each family directly regarding pick up and drop off times. 

Pupils who have previously been shielding

For any pupils who has been required to shield, following health care professional’s advice, a number of additional measures will be in place to ensure they are safe in school. In the best interest of your child please contact your child’s GP or specialist consultant ahead of their return to school. These individuals are best placed to inform you of any further action that is required. 

Should you have any further questions please contact me directly on 

Yours sincerely 


17/08/2020   Healthy Minds Back to School ParentsToolkit

Transition back to school parent toolkit:

Healthy Minds have created a toolkit to support parents/carers with their young person’s transition back to school following COVID-19. The toolkit provides information around a variety of emotions that parents and young people may be feeling right now and includes strategies to help them get back to a ‘new normal’. Parents can access this via our website 

Online workshops:

Healthy Minds have also created several online recorded workshops for both young people and parents on a variety concerns. These can be accessed via their website They will be continuing to add to this offer over the coming months including workshops for young people on anger and emotional wellbeing so please keep an eye out. 

Of course as always if you have concerns about a child or young person’s emotional wellbeing please either contact the school or Healthy Minds on the Here4You line which is operational as normal, on 01522 309120 (available Monday to Friday 09.30 – 16.30).  Alternatively, please visit where you can find useful information and self-help advice.


Across The Priory and The Garth Schools we have had a challenging and eventful final few months of the year. A big thank you to all our staff and pupils for their hard work, we wish you all a wonderful summer!

With a new academic year in our sights, we are concentrating our fundraising efforts on two areas:

  • The Priory School Forest School Project
  • The Garth School Sensory Equipment Project

The Priory School Forest School Project

As The Priory School’s pupils become more diverse, we need to make changes to the forest to ensure it is fully accessible. In September 2020, we had a new pupil join us who uses a wheelchair. We also have a staff member who uses a wheelchair.

The Priory School is part of the Lincolnshire SEND Review and will eventually become an ‘all needs’ school, meaning future cohorts will be unable to access the Forest School in its current state. While Lincolnshire County Council has pledged to fund a new accessible pathway (across the playing field to the entrance of the Forest School, and also extended pathways throughout), the school is working hard to raise funds to make the current pond area accessible to all.

Please CLICK HERE to read the full story.

The Garth School Sensory Equipment Project

The school currently have a sensory room that was created over 10 years ago. The equipment is used on a daily basis and is now in a poor state of repair. Many items have had to be removed completely and the room is now mostly used as a calming space for pupils.

The space requires the purchase of new bespoke sensory equipment to help stimulate pupils and support them in developing and engaging their senses. The new resources will allow them the opportunity to explore light and moving objects, especially those children with Autism, who often need somewhere away from the busy classroom to regulate themselves. Having new sensory equipment they can access will also help promote language and aid fine and gross motor skills.

Please CLICK HERE to read the full story.

Thank you for taking the time to read about our fundraisers. Please donate/share/tweet our projects far and wide, in the hope of finding support from outside of the schools. Thank you.

21/07/2020   Last CIT news of this academic year

Please find your last CIT News of the academic year, packed with plenty of virtual activity, superstar pupils (both current and former), a message from the CEO and breaking news of another school set to become part of CIT.

CIT News on Sway

13/07/2020   GARTH opening arrangements for September 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

Click here for a letter about school opening in September. 

School will be closed for the first two weeks and will open to all pupils on Monday 14 September. This provides us with an opportunity to ensure all staff are fully trained in statutory training, such as Physical Intervention and De-escalation, Manual handling, First Aid and medical and health care needs bespoke to some individual pupils. Training has not been able to go ahead during the summer term, due to COVID-19 restrictions and the training needed is paramount, to ensure our pupils are safe and exceptionally well cared for when they are in school

Please note that arrangements are subject ot change given the local and/or national situation.  If there are any changes to the arrangements we will contact you.

I hope you all have as good a summer as you can during these difficult times and I’d like to thank you all for your patience and understanding.

Kind regards, Claire Moore


10/07/2020   PRIORY UPDATED opening arrangements for September 2020


Dear Parents and Carers 

Please click below for a letter regarding wider school opening as of September. Please note that arrangements are subject to change given the local and/or national situation. 

Year 7 update to opening dates / Year 7 general information

Years 8 - 11

Within this letter there is reference to an online survey which needs completing by all parents and carers. Please follow this link 

Please ensure you regularly check your emails over the summer in case there are updates to these arrangements.

We break up for the summer holiday on Friday, 17 July at 3.15pm.

All staff at The Priory wish you an enjoyable summer!

Kind regards, Mr Bloodworth-Flatt

01/06/2020   Menu for 1 - 5 June 2020

Please click on the link for the menu for the first week back after half term.

Menu for 1 - 5 June 2020

29/05/2020   The Priory School - Opening June 1st

Dear Parents and Carers, 

Staff at the Priory School have been working hard to ensure we are prepared for opening school on June 1st. In line with government guidance this will be gradual and more pupils will be welcomed into school when we believe it is safe to do so. Pupils will be introduced in 'waves' and parents and carers of those pupils with a confirmed place as of Monday 1st June have been sent the necessary information via email. All parents and carers will be sent necessary information regarding the re-opening of school. Please share this information with your child as parts of the general school day will now be different.

Thank you to all parents and carers for your support at this time. We look forward to welcoming more pupils back into school over the coming weeks. 

Mr Bloodworth-Flatt

18/05/2020   New educational resources for use at home

Padlet have produced further educational resources which they are generously sharing (May 2020).  Please click on the link to take you to their webpage Summer Term Materials for Schools.  Under each heading there are a number of resources - please scroll down the list to see the full selection.

15/05/2020   Menu for 18-22 May 2020

Please click on the link below for our latest menu:

18-22 May 2020

05/05/2020   Garth and Priory Schools open for Bank Holiday and Spring Half Term

Both the Garth and Priory Schools will remain open on Friday, 8 May 2020 for a very small number of pupils and the Head Teachers of both schools will have been in contact with appropriate parents.

The menu for Friday is roast pork baguette with wedges, and chocolate crunch for dessert.

Both schools will be open for a small number of pupils during the half term week, 25-29 May 2020.  As before, the Head Teachers will have contacted appropriate parents about this.

If you would like further information, please contact us.

29/04/2020   Joe and his culinary delights!

Joe made Mum's tea last night after work (a surprise). He was helped by Dad only with peeling spuds. He did everything else himself - Ginsters pasty, mash and peas. 

What a star!

Culinary creations!

23/04/2020   Using our skills at home

Whilst a small number of pupils attend The Priory School, many are learning from home.

One of our pupils has been busy in the work shop designing and building a wooden cat toy, using the skills learnt at school in DT lessons, the successfully finished product is pictured below.

We hope everyone is staying safe!

17/04/2020   Menu for 20-24 April 2020

Our menu for the week can be found on each school's dropdown tab at the top of the website (if you would like to print one).

Monday: Jacket potato, cheese, tuna and beans; Rice pudding and jam

Tuesday: Pasta with Meatball Marinara; Bread and butter pudding and custard

Wednesday: Sausage, Yorkshire Pudding and peas with gravy; Fruity crumble and ice cream

Thursday: Vegetarian Quiche with wedges, mixed salad and coleslaw; Jelly and cold custard

Friday: Cheese and Tomato pizza, mixed salad and coleslaw; Victoria sponge cake with milk

16/04/2020   Free School Meals

Dear all,

Firstly I am very sorry for the mix up with the Coop gift cards which I hope you received in the post in the last couple of days.

What I have been able to find out from calls to Lincolnshire Coop headquarters, National Coop headquarters and many local stores is as follows:

  • I have receipts to show that the cards are pre-loaded with £10 each (£20 in total) as a contribution to food for the lunches your children missed between Monday 23rd March and Friday 3rd April
  • These are Coop group (National) gift cards
  • Most of our local Coop stores are Lincolnshire Coop and they don’t accept these cards (mad, I know!)
  • Local stores which assure me they do accept the cards are – Kirton, Sleaford, Donington, Bourne, Billingborough and Wyberton.  I am going to take a card in tomorrow morning just to check this out and will report back
  • Local stores which are Lincolnshire Coop and don’t accept the cards are all the others I’ve looked into – Eastwood Road (Boston), Argyle Street (Boston), Skirbeck Road (Boston), Woodville Road (Boston), Old Leake, Coningsby, Woodhall Spa, Ruskington or Holbeach.

If you can use your cards at Kirton, Sleaford, Donington, Bourne, Billingborough and Wyberton please go ahead.

If those stores are difficult for you then I’m afraid I will have to ask you to return them to me.  We will then get a refund and I will reissue vouchers for your local Lincolnshire Coop store. 

I can only apologise again for the inconvenience this is causing you.  If anyone is in genuine immediate food hardship please do contact me and I will see what we can do to help.

Please contact school to inform us of your plans. 

Many thanks 

Matthew Bloodworth-Flatt (Headteacher)

08/04/2020   Handwashing video from the Government

The Government have provided a video showing us how best to wash our hands - it's good to remind ourselves!  Please click here to watch.

03/04/2020   Key Workers - The Priory School

Dear Parents and Carers, 

If you are classified as a key worker and your child is not currently accessing provision at the Priory School and your circumstances have changed and a place is required please make contact the school to enquire about obtaining a place after the Easter holidays. 

As the school is closed for the Easter holidays please feel free to contact me directly - 

Many thanks 

Matthew Bloodworth-Flatt (Headteacher)

02/04/2020   Mr Precious' Home Workout

We hope you are all well and keeping safe. Please link on the link below for a workout from Mr. Precious so that we can keep both physically and mentally fit during these unprecedented times.

Home Workout

01/04/2020   The latest issue of CIT News

Please click on the link for the latest news of what's happening in the CIT family of schools, including information about the Priory's outstanding Ofsted report and Claire Moore's social story about Coronavirus which has been viewed 10,000 times on Facebook!

CIT News

30/03/2020   School Closure - Easter Holidays

Dear Parents and Carers

Please note that the Priory and Garth Schools will be closed for the Easter Holidays. Parents and carers will receive additional information by letter later today.

Yours sincerely 

Matthew Bloodworth-Flatt and Claire Moore 

25/03/2020   Free School Meals

We are working to sort out vouchers for families in receipt of Free School Meals.  These will be in the form of vouchers for a major supermarket chain and will be with you as soon as we can possibly obtain them.

As always, do call or message us if you have any worries or concerns.



The Priory School received a visit from Ofsted in March 2019 and maintained their ‘Good’ Ofsted rating, with the report noting ‘improved quality of education’, ‘wonderful learning experiences’ and ‘exemplary pupil behaviour’.

With a ‘Good Improver’ Ofsted result, the school was once again visited by Ofsted on 25th February 2020, and this time were given the increased rating of ‘Outstanding’.

The Priory School caters for pupils aged 11 to 16, who have a range of needs including Moderate Learning Difficulties, Autism, SEMH and communication issues. 

Headteacher, Matt Bloodworth-Flatt, said, “I am incredibly proud of all staff, who work throughout the school, for their dedication and contributions in providing the highest quality of education for our learners. I am also immensely proud of our pupils who persevere and work incredibly hard to overcome the many challenges they face both academically and socially. At the Priory School we strive to prepare all our learners for adult life. The inspection, conducted by Ofsted, recognised that the high quality provision in place does just that.” 

Ofsted were full of praise for the school, reporting, ‘Pupils make excellent personal and academic progress in this inclusive school. Pupils feel safe and supported, and know that they can talk to any member of staff about their work or how they feel.’

The report went on to say, ‘Teachers have high aspirations for all pupils who receive excellent support with their learning. Pupils work hard, enjoy learning and achieve very well. By the end of Year 11, all gain qualifications to help them move on to colleges or other specialist settings.’

‘The pupil support is highly effective and carried out with great sensitivity. Staff provide extensive opportunities that promote pupils personal, social and emotional development very well.’

Ofsted added, ‘There is a culture of vigilance throughout the school. Staff know their safeguarding responsibilities and Leaders keep comprehensive records. They meet regularly as a team to discuss the support they are providing to pupils.’

Click here to read the full report. 

25/03/2020   Online Safety

During this unprecedented time many young people are learning from home. Given that young people may be accessing the internet more regularly than usual we wanted to share and remind all parents and carers of online safety tips. 

20/03/2020   PRIORY - School opening to meet government requests

Dear Parents/Carers,

I am writing to update you following the announcements made by the government on Wednesday 18th March.

As of Monday 23rd March, The Priory School will continue to remain open so we can facilitate the government’s requests to support:

  • Pupils of the country’s key workers who must continue to go to work. 
  • Pupils who belong to the government’s ‘vulnerable’ cohorts list and ideally need to be in school.

To be able to do this, considering the significant staff shortage we have, I need to prioritise which pupils will be able to access the ‘open school’. Please also bear in mind that arrangements may well ‘change’ regularly, depending on the staff able to come into work. For example, I will need to ensure there is a designated safeguarding lead on site and staff who are trained as first aiders.

If your child fits into one of the above categories and we have enough fully trained staff in school to meet your child’s needs, they will be able to continue to attend school as of Monday 23rd March.

We will be emailing and/or phoning all parents/carers of these pupils on Friday 20th of March to inform them that school is ‘open’ for their child. If you do not receive an additional email and/or phone call, then I am afraid we are not in a position to open school to your child at this time. If you receive an email and/or phone call but wish to socially distance your child please make us aware. 

At present we have a few pupils currently off school because they are showing symptoms and need to remain off school for at least 14 days. For these pupils, once they are able to return to school, please contact the school beforehand, to ensure we have the qualified staff in school that we need to meet your child’s needs. Also, if you have chosen to self-isolate/keep your child off school, you are asked to contact the school prior to sending them back in to school.

I understand and sympathise that this is an exceptionally difficult time for you all. Please rest assured that I am doing all I can to ensure as many of our pupils can access the school as is possible.

I will, of course, continue to update you all as and when I have further information I need to share with you all.

Yours Sincerely,

Matthew Bloodworth-Flatt


20/03/2020   PRIORY - Parent/Carer Meetings

Please be aware that all parent/carer coffee mornings will be cancelled until September 2020

18/03/2020   Social story about Covid-19 (Coronavirus) for pupils

Claire Moore, Headteacher at The Garth School, has prepared a social story for our pupils about the Covid-19 (Coronavirus), giving an overview of what is happening.  Mrs Moore hopes that this will assist parents help and reassure their children.  Please click on the link for the story.

'What is Coronavirus?'

18/03/2020   PRIORY Year 8 and 9 classes closed 18th - 20th March inclusive

Mr Flatt, in consultation with CIT, has made the decision to close all year 8 and 9 from Wednesday 18th - Friday 20th March inclusive. 

All pupils in year 8 and 9 cannot attend school for the next three days. This decision has not been made lightly and is a result of staffing being at a level where it is now impossible to guarantee the safety of all pupils should we open fully. 

We will continue to keep you all updated via the school’s website and social media sites, in addition to sending letters home. 

In the case of a complete closure, updates will be sent using the TextRound service and social media sites.


Following yesterday’s announcement both the Priory and Garth schools will ensure the following.

Anyone who shows certain symptoms is to stay at home for 14 days, regardless of whether they have travelled to affected areas. This means people should stay at home and avoid all but essential contact with others for 14 days from the point of displaying mild symptoms, to slow the spread of infection.

The symptoms are: 

  • A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above) 
  • A new, continuous cough

Anyone who has a family/household member showing the above symptoms should also stay home and avoid all but essential contact with others for 14 days. 

17/03/2020   GARTH Covid-19 update and closure of Pears Class 18-20 March inclusive

Dear Parents/Carers, 

Firstly, I’d like to thank you for your on-going support and understanding with regards to the on-going escalation with COVID19 and the government updates. 

To clarify, we are following all guidance and advice from the government. This includes any staff members and pupils who are showing symptoms, or who live with someone who has symptoms, to now self- isolate for 14 days in the first instance. 

I am sure you will also be aware that within the last 24 hours, the government have released an updated list of cohorts of people who are most vulnerable and included within this list are people with a diagnosis of one or more of the following:

  • long term respiratory diseases, including asthma
  • chronic heart and kidney disease
  • diabetes
  • cerebral palsy
  • chronic neurological conditions, including a learning difficulty 

Taking the above list into account, I urge you to seriously consider whether or not to send your child into school. 

I have made the decision to close Pears Class from Wednesday 18th – Friday 20th March inclusive.  All pupils who are in Pears Class cannot attend school for the next three days. This decision has not been made lightly and is a result of staffing levels being at a level where it is now impossible to guarantee the safety of all pupils should we open fully. 

I will continue to keep you all updated via the school’s website and social media sites, in addition to sending letters home. 

In the case of a complete closure, updates will be sent using the TextRound service and social media sites. 

Yours sincerely 

Claire Moore, Head Teacher

17/03/2020   See the News page for updates on SSSF and Covid-19

Check the News page for all up to date information about changes at The Priory and The Garth Schools as a result of Covid-19 and information and instructions to schools from DfE and the Government.

17/03/2020   GARTH Pears Class closed 18 - 20 March inclusive

Mrs Moore, in consultation with CIT, has made the decision to close Pears Class from Wednesday 18 – Friday 20 March inclusive.

All pupils who are in Pears Class cannot attend school for the next three days. This decision has not been made lightly and is a result of staffing levels being at a level where it is now impossible to guarantee the safety of all pupils should we open fully. 

We will continue to keep you all updated via the school’s website and social media sites, in addition to sending letters home. 

In the case of a complete closure, updates will be sent using the TextRound service and social media sites.

16/03/2020   PRIORY Information update about school and Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

Dear Parents and Carers

Please find recent advice and guidance for your information relating to the coronavirus. 

To support the delay of the spread of the virus, the Department for Health and Social Care has asked anyone who shows certain symptoms to stay at home for 7 days, regardless of whether they have travelled to affected areas. This means people should stay at home and avoid all but essential contact with others for 7 days from the point of displaying mild symptoms, to slow the spread of infection. 

The symptoms are: 

·        A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above) 

·        A new, continuous cough 

You do not need to call NHS 111 to stay at home. If your symptoms worsen during your stay at home period or are no better after 7 days contact NHS 111 online at If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.  

Any pupil attending school who develops or presents with the above symptoms will be sent home for self-isolation. 

If any parent or carer wishes to self-isolate their child, during this outbreak, this is a decision the school will support.  

If at the end of the 7th day symptoms have improved and your child is intending to return to school you should contact the school to discuss the current situation. 

To further support the delay of the spread of the virus the school will impose the following social distancing measures. 

All visits by external professionals, parents and carers to the school will be postponed until further notice. A small number of compulsory visits may take place at the discretion of the headteacher. All planned educational, health and care plan review meetings and other routine meetings will take place via telephone.  

All educational visits, inclusive of swimming, work experience and college, will stop until further notice. 

School closure 

Current advice remains in place: no education or children’s social care setting should close in response to a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England. 

The school will also continue to review the staffing levels to ensure the safe running of the school. If at any time I feel this cannot be achieved, partial or full closure will occur. Access to necessary cleaning items may also cause a school closure. 

As new information is provided I will keep all informed by letter, the schools website and through social media. In the event of a school closure I will ensure this information is provided as much in advance as possible. 

Many thanks 

Mr Matthew Bloodworth-Flatt, Headteacher


12/03/2020   PRIORY Apply for transport for post 16 provision

Dear Parent / Carer 

Applications for transport for Post 16 pupils going to college need to be submitted via the Lincolnshire County Council website. 

Below is a link that should take you to the Post 16 application for transport page on LCC website. 

The page also contains details of the Customer Service Centre number 01522 782020 should you need any assistance with your application as well as an email address for who process and approve the transport applications.

12/03/2020   The Boston Autism Project partnered with Little Miracles

These two organisations are now working together and have lots of fun activities for families with children with additional needs, disabilities and life-limiting conditions.

Please click on the link for their website and further details

Boston Autism Project and Little Miracles

11/03/2020   Priory Support Dogs Stamp Appeal

At the Priory School, we are now collecting stamps in aid of support dogs. Support dogs help children, adults and families living with autism, epilepsy and physical disabilities to feel safe, confident and able to lead more independent and active lives. 

Please send your used stamps into the reception with your child. 

26/02/2020   Latest Government information on the Coronavirus

The Government have issued new information about the Coronavirus. The link gives direct access to the government information:

07/02/2020   Half Term 17 - 21 February, school re-opens Monday 24 Feb

School closes on Friday, 14 February for half term. We are closed from 17 - 21 February and school re-opens Monday 24 February.


13/01/2020   Future parenting course for Polish speaking families

Would you like the chance to meet with other parents dealing with similar issues?

This is a new group for parents who want to know more about parenting and is based on an approach developed in Solihull that has been found to be very helpful to families:

Would you like to know more about your child’s development?

Are you concerned about your child’s behaviour?

Do you know why your child has temper tantrums?

We will look at such issues as:

  • Behavioural difficulties
  • Developmental needs
  • Temper tantrums
  • Parenting styles
  • Sleep
  • Communication
  • Having fun together

Course Venue: Unit 3, The Carlton Centre, Carlton Road, Boston, Lincolnshire, PE21 8LN

Date: Friday 24th January 2020

The event will run from 09.30am till 17.30pm. Parents and carers can attend at any time over the day to gain information about the support they can get from the group. For enquiries please contact: Mateusz Korulczyk on 07867373354.

Please click here for the English poster and here for the Polish poster.

20/12/2019   Garth and Priory Schools re-open on Tuesday, 7 January 2020

We look forward to welcoming everyone back after the Christmas holiday.

19/12/2019   So long... but not farewell!

Dear Parents and Carers 

So long…but not farewell! 

I am writing to inform you that from January, leadership arrangements for the Garth and Priory Schools will be changing. I will be taking a two-year secondment away from my Executive Headteacher responsibilities to lead on variety of projects linked to the development and expansion of the Community Inclusive Trust (CIT). 

Claire Moore and Matthew Bloodworth-Flatt have been promoted to the post of Headteacher at The Garth and The Priory Schools respectively. Their roles are on an interim basis for the next two years and they will be tasked with further improving the already highly successful positions of both schools. 

As you will be aware, one aspect of the review of special schools across Lincolnshire was an agreement that the Priory and Garth will become one “all needs” school based over its current two sites. This amalgamation is scheduled for September 2022 and future leadership arrangements for the school will be confirmed nearer to that time. 

It has been an absolute pleasure and privilege to have led both schools over the course of the last 13 years. I am confident that the schools are being left in very good hands for the next two years. My seconded role will still see me in and around the schools co-ordinating the extensive planning and building works that are scheduled across the two sites. 

I look forward to supporting the development of both schools, albeit in a different role, and I wish both Claire and Matthew the very best in their new Headteacher positions.

With very best wishes to all for the Christmas period and New Year!

Daran Bland

19/12/2019   PRIORY Shoebox Appeal

Shoebox Appeal 2019

We created 30 shoeboxes and purchased extra games and toys to be shared out by the Salvation Army to people in need around the local area. We had numerous donations of high quality items to put in the boxes and also £101  donated  to support the purchase of additional items for the boxes. Charity ambassadors from across the school decided what items should be included, sorted and categorised all donations and also helped to pack the boxes. 

Thank you to everyone who donated to give others a better Christmas!

06/12/2019   PRIORY Christmas Newsletter 2019

The Christmas newsletter has been emailed to parents today giving up to date information about our festive events.  If you would like to download a copy please click here.

School closes at 3.15pm on Friday, 20 December 2019 and re-opens on 7 January 2020.

06/12/2019   PRIORY Vacancies for a TA (L1) and TA Apprentice (L3)

We have vacancies for a Teaching Assistant and TA Apprentice .  If you would like more details, please go to 'News' tab on this website and choose the 'Vacancies' option where all appropriate documents are available.

06/12/2019   PRIORY Raffle Tickets Now on Sale!

Tickets can be purchased for £1 per strip at the office. The raffle will be drawn on Friday 20th December. 


26/11/2019   PRIORY School Closure Procedure

This winter, tune into Lincs FM for all of the latest local information.

Listen every day for traffic & travel information and local weather reports.

During extreme weather, choose Lincs FM with Joseph Begley from 5am for the emergency information bulletins. Every half hour, they will be listing all of the local school closures as well as any other cancelled services or events. 

Visit and click on 'School Closures'.

25/11/2019   Non-uniform 29th November 2019

The Priory School will be in non-uniform on Friday 29th November in aid of The Salvation Army Christmas Appeal. 

Students are invited to either donate £1 or bring in an item they can donate to another child. 

22/11/2019   Pupils from The Priory School plant some new beginnings

After successfully applying for 345 new trees and bushes from the Woodland Trust earlier in the year, Key Stage 3 pupils at The Priory School recently set to work planting their new greenery which is positioned in their Forest School, and the borders around the school field.  Click on the link to watch the video:  Woodland Trust story

Classes have been taking it in turns working in teams to clear space in the designated areas, including chopping down branches and raking leaves, before digging holes and planting the saplings in an attempt to beat the cold weather that will be filtering in over the winter.

Following adverse weather last year, numerous trees in The Priory’s Forest School were damaged and blew down. The new trees and bushes from The Woodland Trust’s ‘Free Trees for Schools and Communities’ programme, will increase the density of the area, encouraging more wildlife to visit the Forest School.

The Woodland Trust’s Schools and Community Engagement Manager Karen Letten said: “Trees create inspiring learning spaces - natural, sustainable, and dynamic outdoor classrooms where pupils can mix mud with maths and spades with science while connecting with nature and having fun. It’s these lessons that the children will remember well into adulthood.”

The Woodland Trust commissioned research that shows pupils who plant trees felt that they were ‘doing their bit’ to help the environment and remember it as a significant experience.

Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) is supporting the Trust to deliver 400,000 trees for state-funded primary schools in England over four years. Over the same period, Sainsbury’s, IKEA FAMILY, players of People’s Postcode Lottery and Yorkshire Tea are funding 1.8 million trees free to schools and education institutions in the UK as part of their ongoing partnerships with The Woodland Trust.

22/11/2019   Priory Christmas Raffle Prizes

Once again this year, The Priory School are doing a Christmas raffle. The following items would be greatly appreciated however all donations are welcome.

*Unwanted gifts

*Hamper items


*Children's toys

*Puzzles and games

11/11/2019   Odd Socks Day at Priory

Students of The Priory School are invited to wear odd socks on Tuesday 12th November as part of our anti-bullying week. 

11/11/2019   Children in Need Friday 15 November

The Priory School will be celebrating Children in Need on Friday 15th November. Students are invited to wear non-uniform on this day - with some yellow! 

A donation of £1 will be required and all funds raised will go towards Children in Need. 

05/11/2019   Election for Parent Governor November 2019

There is a vacancy for an elected Parent Governor on the Governing Body of The Spalding Special Schools Federation.

Pupils will take home information about the work of Governors and an application form. If any parents would like further information or to discuss the work of a Governor, please contact the Clerk to the Governors though the school office.

The closing date for applications is Friday 15 November at 9.00am.

Letter from the Clerk to the Governors / Application Form / What a Governor does


31/10/2019   The Priory School say #HelloYellow as they explore Mental Health Awareness

Friday 11th October was #HelloYellow day where schools and workplaces are invited to wear yellow to raise vital funds for Young Minds; a Mental Health support charity. With peers and colleagues wearing matching colours it helps to show everyone that they’re not alone.

The Priory School took part in the day that concludes Mental Health Awareness Week, raising £86 to support the work of Young Minds. Miss Taylor, SENDCO for Key Stage 3, explored Mental Health awareness and the #HelloYellow initiative with a whole school assembly that looked at different scenarios, how people could be feeling and what they, or others, could do to make them feel better.

The work did not stop there as pupils continued to explore Mental Health awareness in their PSHE lessons the following week.

Some classes played wellbeing bingo and pupils set themselves a target of one thing they could do to be kind to themselves throughout the week. Other classes also followed the live BBC wellbeing lesson with a Young Minds Ambassador and clinical Psychologist, completing activities on what different emotions feel and look like, and how to support themselves.

Meanwhile, Year 9 and 10 completed a variety of activities following the BBC ‘Messy Minds’ documentary which followed three teenagers who suffer from Mental Health conditions. The programme explored how Mental Health affects their lives and their determination not to let it hold them back.

28/10/2019   Priory complete ALDI's Kit for Schools challenge!

The Priory School are delighted to announce that we have completed Aldi's Kit for Schools challenge. 

We started to collect stickers on 6th September and needed 300 in total to receive a sports kit for the school as well as being entered into a prize draw to win £20,000. 

After 7 long weeks we have successfully completed the challenge. All at The Priory School would like to say a massive thank you to every parent/carer who managed to spend £30 or more to gain stickers for us. 

Now we need to keep our fingers crossed to see if we win the big prize!

18/10/2019   Half term holiday 21-25 October. School re-opens Monday 28 October

School will be closed for the October half term from Monday, 21 October to Friday, 25 October.  School will re-open on Monday, 28 October.

14/10/2019   CIT Academies shortlisted at the National School Awards

Very exciting news that CIT have been shortlisted in the National School Awards for 2019, underpinned by the excellent work that takes place in all 11 schools in the Community Inclusive Trust.

Click on the link for more information:

08/10/2019   The Priory School Principles

On Monday 7th of October the Priory School awarded pupils with certificates and badges in recognition of their hard work towards the Priory Principles. There are 5 principles in total Pride, Protect, Pleasant, Persevere and Proactive. Once pupils have achieved all 5 awards they will become a Priory School Ambassador. Well done to everyone who received an award.



08/10/2019   Aldi's Kit for Schools Challenge

From Friday 6th September we started to collect Aldi stickers to be in with a chance of winning £20,000 and gaining a sports kit for school.

So far we have collected 189 stickers meaning we have 111 to go! Please ensure you ask at the Aldi till to receive your stickers. 

08/10/2019   Congratulations to Helen!

Helen has come third in the national Educatering Awards Newcomer of the Year category. Our warmest congratulations - we are delighted for you! 

Educatering Excellence Awards 2019

25/09/2019   The Priory School celebrate Silver Caring2Learn Award

The Priory School in Spalding are delighted to confirm that they have achieved Silver in the Lincolnshire Caring2Learn programme.

Caring2Learn is a research project funded by the Department for Education through the Partners in Practice programme. The overall aim of the project is to improve a wide range of outcomes for Lincolnshire's looked after, previously looked after and other vulnerable children and young people. 

Through the project, The Priory School have been able to improve the learning outcomes for looked after and vulnerable pupils by upskilling their carers and educators. They have utilised good practice to support the emotional and mental health of such pupils, encouraging improved attendance and active participation in the learning journey. 

Natalie Flatters, Looked After Child mentor at The Priory, commented:

“We have been working towards this award for roughly a year. To complete the award, we had to show what our current practice looks like, the impact of this on the young people in our care and provide evidence to show this.

We are very proud to have achieved the Silver Award and hope that continuing to work with Caring2Learn will benefit the pupils at The Priory School.”


20/09/2019   Spalding Special Schools’ Head Chef nominated for Educatering Excellence Award

Edu-Awards Finalist logo

Helen Swanson, Head Chef at The Priory and The Garth, has been shortlisted for a national award after being nominated as Newcomer of the Year in the Educatering Excellence Awards.

Helen joined the kitchen team for The Priory and Garth Schools (Spalding Special Schools Federation) in November 2018, arriving from her previous role as a lecturer for 16 years at Peterborough Regional College where she trained the Hospitality and Catering students. 

During that short period of time, Helen has transformed the school menu at The Priory and The Garth, developing a range of healthy meals, including a new Gluten Free range.

Helen commented, “With the children’s needs in mind we have purposefully changed the menu gradually. We kept some original recipes, tweaking them slightly, and all dishes are now created each day using fresh ingredients.

We have added an exciting new salad bar, and freshly made sauces and pastries. The pastries are going down well with the pupils, as is the fresh bread. The pupils and staff have been really enjoying the basil wheels and feta and tomato breads too!”

Yet, as is the kind nature of Helen, she has distributed her expertise to the school community, developing The Food Diary of The Garth and The Priory, to share a variety of exciting recipes that parents, carers and pupils can try at home.

Helen added, “The pupils have been quite forthcoming with feedback about the new menu so we thought it would be a nice idea to send some recipes home to cook themselves.”

Based at The Priory School but also cooking meals for sister school, The Garth School, Helen’s kitchen was awarded a five-star food hygiene rating in June by South Holland District Council.

Working alongside the fantastic catering team of Sharon Inglis, Marion Perkins, Lyn Ansell and Alison Thomas, Helen explained, “We are a very good team, working very hard together to deliver great meals for the children.”

Helen has been invited to attend the Educatering Excellence Awards dinner, which is held at the Royal Garden Hotel, London, on Tuesday 8th October. She will find out if she is the overall winner of ‘Newcomer of the Year’ on the night.

Daran Bland, Executive Head of the Spalding Special Schools Federation, concluded: “We are all really thrilled with Helen’s Educatering Excellence Newcomer of the Year nomination. This is truly well deserved and testimony to the fact that meal provision has been totally transformed at the Priory and Garth Schools.

In typical Helen fashion, when I congratulated her on her nomination, the first thing she mentioned was the support she receives from her catering team.

Pupils (and staff) are really appreciating the wide range of healthy options, which are being cooked and prepared in a way that is convincing the most reluctant of picky eaters to try new foods…and enjoy them! Under Helen’s leadership, the energy, creativity and enthusiasm oozing out of the school kitchen is clear for all to see.”

20/09/2019   Lincolnshire Parent Carer Forum event 30.9.19

The LPCF are holding a 'Free Signposting and Information Day' at Market Rasen on 30 September providing information, help and support to parents and carers of children/adults with disabilities.

Please click here for further information.

18/09/2019   Fundraising for Forest School

Forest School at The Priory School

As our pupils become more diverse, we need to make changes to ensure accessibility for all.  We are looking to upgrade access and make repairs to our Forest School area and would welcome donations towards this project.  Please see the donation information and total at the bottom of our home page.

For the full story please click here

17/09/2019   Garth School enjoys Careers Day experience

Pupils at The Garth School enjoy Careers Day experience

A fortnight into the new term, The Garth School welcomed some very special visitors, including the police and fire service, as they enjoyed a Careers Day at school. Each class had a timetable of activities, designed to give them an experience of different careers.

Pupils enjoyed a librarian experience in the school library, sorting and putting books away, before story time with their favourite books.

There were also some wonderful cooking experiences taking place with pupils chopping and sorting salad and vegetables into some delicious healthy dishes. The Chicken Caesar salad was a particular favourite as the pupils became chefs for an hour.

Careers Day at The Garth School

But the highlight of the day came from the visit of the emergency services. Pupils were excited to hear the police sirens whilst also trying on the uniform and taking their own fingerprints.

Outside the front of the school, pupils had the opportunity to sit in the fire engine and practice spraying the hose with some pupils even trying on a fire fighter’s uniform.

Take a look at our video Careers Day

And the careers experience did not end there with classes squeezing in some time to explore different job roles, including planting seeds as farmers and role playing the position of a shop assistant.

Assistant Headteacher Laura Pavlovic organised the day for the school: The Garth School Careers Day has been a great opportunity for the whole school to learn about different careers.

Learning about skills that are needed for different careers is an important part of the pupils’ learning as it helps them to have an understanding and experience of the wider community, find jobs they enjoy doing and supports with possible choices pupils can make in their transition into life after school.“

09/09/2019   Please let us know if you've changed your contact details

If you have changed any of your contact details, please let us know so that in an emergency we are able to contact you.  This will become especially important as we approach the winter months so that we can contact you about school closures due to adverse weather conditions.

09/09/2019   Aldi's Kit for Schools Challenge

The Priory School are collecting Team GB stickers with Aldi's Kit for Schools for the chance to be 1 of 20 schools to win £20,000.

Today we received our first 2 stickers - only 298 to go!

From Friday 6th September to Sunday 3rd November, when you spend £30 or more in any Aldi store, you will receive a special Team GB sticker. If our school works together to collect 300 stickers, we will receive an exclusive schools sports kit, in addition to entry into the £20,000 prize draw. 

Please send any stickers you receive into the school office with your children and we will add them to our Aldi's Kit for Schools poster.

Happy shopping!

09/09/2019   Welcome back newsletter

Please click on the link or go to our newsletters page for the first newsletter of the new academic year.

Start of Year letter from Mr Flatt (6.9.19)

04/09/2019   GARTH Making a difference for James

We are so proud of James and of what he has achieved as his independence and ability to access the local community has flourished.

JC small pic

Please click on the link below to read more of the story:

James' story - "It isn't about what James can't do, it is about what he can do"


24/07/2019   Rotary Club of South Holland purchase defibrillator for The Priory School

Representatives from The Rotary Club of South Holland visited The Priory School in Spalding to hand over a brand new defibrillator.

Priory Rotary defib

We have always had use of a defibrillator stationed next door to us at Spalding Academy, however, it was suggested by the emergency services to have a defibrillator on site.

The Priory School needed to raise £850 to purchase their own defibrillator and The Rotary Club of South Holland stepped in to help. They decided to provide all the money so that the new machine could be put into place as soon as possible.

Jon Martin, President, and David Spenceley, former president of The Rotary Club of South Holland visited the school to officially hand over the new defibrillator.

Daran Bland, Executive Head of The Priory School said, “We are incredibly thankful to The Rotary Club of South Holland, having a defibrillator on site could literally be a lifesaver.”

24/07/2019   CIT News

Please click on the link below for all the latest news from our family of schools

CIT News update

24/07/2019   CIT Sports Day Special

Travel around our schools with us to see a variety of inclusive and fun Sports Days in action!

Click here for the Sports Day Special

23/07/2019   Friendly face retires from The Priory School

The last day of term was an emotional one at The Priory School as pupils and staff waved goodbye to Barrie Taylor who has undertaken a variety of roles from teacher to Head of School over the past 14 years.

Mr Taylor showcased his usual energetic assembly, handing out awards for pupils who had worked hard throughout the week. He then went on to discuss both staff and pupil achievements, including one pupil who amazed everyone with his factual knowledge of the moon landing and another who could name the entire Chelsea FC team from 2018/19.

Mr Taylor, who has been involved in teaching for 37 years, explained: “When I came into teaching I didn’t realise I would be learning too. You learn something new every day and it is an incredible experience.”

He then concluded his presentation with the words: “I guarantee I will miss this place and all of you a lot more than you will miss me. Good luck and everyone have a safe and well-deserved holiday.”

Mr Bland, Executive Headteacher of The Priory who also enjoys a round of golf with Mr Taylor at weekends, asked the pupils to describe the departing Head of School using the letters of his surname. They came up with Trustworthy, Awesome, Young, Legend, Outstanding and Reliable.

Mr Taylor was then presented with a variety of cards and presents from the staff and pupils who will miss his presence in the school from September.

We would like to wish Mr Taylor all the best for his retirement and future endeavours.


16/07/2019   A day of fun at The Priory and The Garth

Both schools in The Spalding Special Schools Federation enjoyed a day in the sun as they celebrated Sports Days and the Federation Family Fun event.

Click here for the Fun Day vimeo

Families were welcomed to both schools for a morning of Sports Day activities. A range of different races took place at The Garth, including an obstacle race that involved going under an army net and the ‘getting ready for school’ race which included washing your face and cleaning your teeth with a giant toothbrush.

Over at The Priory, a series of activities were taking place in a carousel format. Pupils were split into ten teams named after sports stars with each group having a go at every activity for ten minutes. Various skill sets were encouraged with stations ranging from darts to inflatable Gladiator bouts.

The Priory finished their morning of sporting fun with a series of races for double points. Yet it was the staff that came out on top against a team of pupils and two teams of parents and carers in the 4 x 50m relay race. The overall winning team was Flintoff, named after cricket star Andrew Flintoff, accumulating the most points ironically on the day England played their Cricket World Cup semi-final.

Yet the fun did not end there as pupils from The Garth travelled over to The Priory to join their peers. Families enjoyed pulled pork rolls made by the fantastic on-site catering staff. There was then the opportunity to partake in a series of activities, including football matches and the giant bouncy castle obstacle course.

Federation Funday 2019

10/07/2019   Lincolnshire Parent Carer Forum - updated website

The LPCF website has undergone a massive transformation. 

Most important to note are:-

  • The site is now adaptable and usable for Phones, Tablets and Desktops with bigger screens adding information as space is available.
  • The only area not available on phones is the SEND page which covers the recent SEND Strategy to affect schools in Lincolnshire.
  • The home page now features a rolling listing of Latest News and our next six events (full listing in Events).
  • LPCF events and those of other organisations sit on the same page – just select the banner at the top of the columns to switch.
  • All Information is now in an “information portal” which cover Help Lines, Websites, Policies, Top Tips etc.
  • Still to come is our volunteer recruitment information where users can read all about our recruitment and make an application online.
  • All your normal features are still there – Events Calendar, Your Say, Awards, Information, Achievements etc.

Please feel free to drop us a line and tell us if you like the new site or not and also feel free to let us know about any typos you find. Your feedback is appreciated.

03/07/2019   PRIORY 50th Anniversary

Tomorrow The Priory School will be celebrating its 50th anniversary. Students are invited to wear non-uniform with something yellow or gold. 

26/06/2019   Fundraising for Nicole

Nicole Amott is a teacher at The Priory School.

Nicole, who has muscular dystrophy, was left in intensive care after the car she was driving with husband Lee and two-year-old son Joseph was involved in a collision on Friday 31st May. While Joseph was unharmed and Lee injured an ankle in the incident, Nicole broke both her legs, suffered a hairline fracture on her knee and had a blood clot.

Following a week of hospital treatment, thankfully, Nicole returned home but her specially adapted car and more crucially, her wheel chair, were both destroyed in the crash. Nicole is completely reliant on her wheel chair but because it is classed as a personal belonging, she cannot claim insurance to replace it.

Nicole’s mum Sally has started an appeal to get her daughter a new chair. The Just Giving page has already raised over £7,600. Partly due to comedian Jason Manford Facebooking about it as part of his #CharityNinjas.

He said, “How amazing are teachers? Shall we help this one out my fellow #CharityNinjas? I reckon we can get into double figures before we are discovered!”

This is obviously great news and at The Priory, we want to help too! We will be hosting some fundraising events in school, to support Nicole, and wondered, could your school possibly help too? Can you get involved? Be it a cake sale or a non-uniform day, anything that could help fund raise to get Nicole mobile again!

The amount needed in total is £21,000.

If you can help, we will be so grateful, and Nicole will be overjoyed. Please email me back if you would like to get involved. Thank you so much.

Please could you also ask your schools to share Nicole’s Just Giving page through your social media pages, here is the link:

Thank you! 

24/06/2019   The Priory School awarded top food hygiene rating!

The Priory School awarded top food hygiene rating!

Food Hygiene Rating 5The Priory School kitchen has been awarded a 5 star food hygiene rating in the latest inspections by South Holland District Council.


The SHDC's Environmental Health Officer visited The Priory School on Thursday 20th June, unannounced.

The Priory School kitchen prepares over 200 meals daily for The Priory School and The Garth School, and with the new Head Cook joining last April, the entire menu has had a complete overhaul.

Helen Swanson and the fantastic Priory catering team, Sharon Inglis, Marion Perkins, Lyn Ansell and Alison Thomas, have introduced new exciting and healthy options for pupils. These include a new interesting salad bar, with a variety of salad and vegetable items, pulses and grains. The team like to “sneak” veg into meals and recipes to ensure pupils are get their five a day!

Helen said, "We are a very good team, working very hard together to deliver great meals for the children. We have recently updated our menu and now always create meals each day using fresh ingredients. The pupils and staff are loving the smell of freshly baked bread wafting around the school every day! 

I am very pleased with the rating we have been given by the Environmental Health Officer. This clearly reflects all our hard work."

14/06/2019   Food Diary 5 - new today!

Please click here for our latest food diary which includes a recipe for red pepper hummus

13/06/2019   Parent Carer Group Meeting 5 July 2019

At the Parent Carer coffee morning on 5 July 2019, Mr Flatt (Assistant Head of School) will be attending to discuss the reforms to RSE education nationally (Relationships and Sex Education) and what this looks like for the pupils at the Priory School. He will also talk through the results from the survey he has completed.  

If you would like to join us to hear what this means for your child, and ask any questions about the subject, please either email Mrs Barber ( or complete the slip on the attached letter and return it to school by 28 June 2019.

Invitation letter to download

11/06/2019   Spalding Special Schools take part in SEN Mini Soccer Festival

Pupils from both The Priory and The Garth had a fantastic day out as they took to the Peterborough United pitch to take part in the SEN Mini Soccer Festival before half-term.

The tournament consisted of five local SEN schools who each played four games at the ABAX stadium.  A fun-filled day was enjoyed by every pupil with excellent sportsmanship on display during each game.

The Priory ran out as champions and lifted the trophy after winning three and drawing one of their four matches.  Their achievements were celebrated with a whole school assembly, whilst pupils from The Garth returned to school with their medals proudly displayed around their necks.

Will Munton, Behaviour Mentor at The Priory, explained: The team, consisting of nine pupils from Years 7, 8 and 9, showed incredible sportsmanship and conducted themselves in a way that everyone, across not only The Priory School, but the entirety of C.I.T Academies should be really proud of.

Although we enjoyed winning, participation really was the winner as it was clear all five schools involved had a fantastic day.”

Both schools would like to thank Grade A Recruitment for organising and funding the entire day.

04/06/2019   Food Diary of The Priory and The Garth!

Please click on the link for the latest edition - Food Diary 4

Happy Baking!

04/06/2019   Priory pupils and staff run the Race for Life

The whole of The Priory School enjoyed some fun in the sun on the last day of term when they took on the Race for Life in scorching temperatures.

The Race for Life initiative is part of Cancer Research UK, who host various events up and down the country to raise funds to fight against the disease. Recent data from Cancer Research UK suggests that one in two people in the UK born after 1960 will be diagnosed with some form of cancer during their lifetime.

Challenges such as 5km and 10km runs, along with the new Pretty Muddy initiatives are always well attended with so many adults and children running for loved ones who have or had been diagnosed with cancer. And The Priory School were keen to do their bit…

Nearly every member of staff and pupil put their running trainers on to see how many 1700m laps of the school field they could complete in 45 minutes. Some chose to walk, others ran, many did a mixture of both, but the atmosphere couldn’t be any more fitting for the cause everyone was raising money for.

As is traditional in Race for Life events, some runners taped their own personal stories about the impact of cancer on friends and families. Many also put numbers on their back to engrain the racing feel to the event.

In heat that tipped above 24 degrees Celsius, some runners did over 10 laps of the playing field – more than 2.5 miles. Everyone certainly looked like they had a great time!

Race for Life 2019

One pupil has already raised over £50 for the event. If you would like to donate to the fantastic cause, please visit:

Barrie Taylor, Head of School, commented during Assembly: “It was great to see you all having so much fun. What a fantastic end of term we have enjoyed.”

24/05/2019   CIT News

Please click on the link for the latest CIT news update.

24/05/2019   A day in the life of The Garth School

Read all about a typical day at The Garth School - and click here for the video!

A Day in the Life of The Garth School 

Nestled away in the North-East corner of the town of Spalding, The Garth School is doing wonderful things for over 50 pupils with complex, severe and profound learning difficulties. In this feature piece, we sample a day in the life of The Garth School. 

Basking in the Spring sunshine during late May, a small turning area in front of the school becomes engulfed with several buses transporting pupils from all corners of South Lincolnshire. Despite the early morning journeys, each and every pupil either steps or is wheeled off the bus immersed with big smiles as they look forward to another day of school. 

The Garth School is graded ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, underpinned by the enthusiasm and dedication of their staff. Every pupil is welcomed through the doors, eagerly awaiting an array of lessons that pinpoint towards the overall aim of the school: providing an inclusive education in the most real sense; preparing pupils to take a confident and active place in society who are well prepared to meet the challenges of adult life.’ 

A walk around the classrooms identifies a variety of tasks being undertaken. Some pupils are practically working on their phonics; others are bringing stories to life by acting out the text. Classes in the hall are working on their fine and gross motor skills, whilst some fantastic artwork is taking shape further down the corridor. 

Despite the variety of activities taking place, one constant remains the same. An ear to every door will present a series of giggles and laughter. Pupils are immersed within the enjoyment of their learning at The Garth School. 

However, throughout the day, several classrooms are empty at different times. Pupils find themselves exploring the local community, whether it be a visit to the library, the park or engaging with the public as they undertake a series of tasks. 

Providing physical activity opportunities is also at the forefront of the curriculum at The Garth. On this very day, some pupils travelled to Peterborough United for a football tournament whilst the school hydro-pool is used once a week by every pupil. Lunchtime captures the imagination with numerous fine and gross motor skill activities presented for the pupils. 

The Garth School have a great relationship with their close community, including parents and carers. A perusal over the school social media pages shows the incredible support for the school, whilst any fundraising days are impressively reinforced. 

As the doors close on another eventful school day, pupils head for home looking forward to what they will be greeted by tomorrow.

21/05/2019   Apprentice Teaching Assistant Level 3 vacancies

Please see our Vacancies page for information about Apprentice Teaching Assistant vacancies commencing in September 2019. Navigate to our News tab and select Vacancies.

20/05/2019   Race for Life

The Priory School will be holding its very own Race for Life event for Cancer Research UK. It will take place on the Priory School field on Friday 24th May. 

If you wish to sponsor your child, please ensure the money is sent in no later than 3rd June 2019

We are hoping to meet our school target of raising £500 for Cancer Research. Together, we'll be an unstoppable force against cancer. 

20/05/2019   Food Dairy 3

Please click here for our latest Food Diary.  The new recipe for this week is Butterscotch Tart, a dessert favourite!

10/05/2019   Priory Ofsted Report May 2019

The Priory School, one step away from Outstanding! - Ofsted note ‘significant improvements’ to this already ‘Good’ school.

Priory Ofsted Report 2019

The Priory School in Spalding have maintained their ‘Good’ Ofsted rating after a positive inspection on 19th March 2019. The report noted ‘improved quality of education’, ‘wonderful learning experiences’ and ‘exemplary pupil behaviour’ for the school that caters for pupils aged between 11-16 with a range of needs.

Ofsted were full of praise for the school leadership team. The report explained, ‘School leaders have improved the quality of education in school. The school leadership team have created a positive learning community, where pupils make significant progress.’

At the heart of the provision is a long-term plan to ensure every pupil is capable of reaching their full potential. ‘The curriculum is extremely well thought out, providing pupils with the skills and qualification for their next steps in education. School leaders adjust the curriculum to ensure it meets the individual needs of the pupils.’

The report also detailed how ‘staff benefit from the outstanding professional development that school leaders and the Trust provide.’

Staff at The Priory were noted for being positive role models across the school. ‘Staff engage enthusiastically with pupils as they arrive in the morning, motivating pupils to engage well with their learning… staff exchange ideas and their passion for the school and for pupils has a significantly positive impact on pupils’ outcomes and well-being.’

Their hard work was also underpinned as the report stated, ‘Planning is meticulous, ensuring that the activities teachers set pupils help them meet their individual targets.’

Such dedication leads to ‘a wonderful learning experience’ where ‘pupils’ behaviour is exemplary.’

Ofsted explained how, ‘All pupils successfully moved on to their intended destination last year. This is due to the carefully structured plan which helps pupils to prepare for life in post-16 education.’

The report added, ‘Employability skills is at the heart of all your practice and pupils are well prepared for their next steps in education.’

Daran Bland, Executive Headteacher of The Priory, was very pleased with the grading. “We are all delighted with the outcome of the recent visit from Ofsted. Inspectors have recognised the hard work and commitment from all at the school to ensure pupils get the very best education, care and guidance. This “Good Improver School” outcome will mean we can look forward to a return visit from Ofsted in the not too distant future for a full inspection.”

“All of our pupils have wide ranging special educational needs and our aim is to prepare them for life after the Priory School. The school’s innovative and diverse curriculum was noted as being of particular strength and it is through this we strive to develop confident young people who are ready for further education, independent living and the world of work. We are very fortunate to have such an enthusiastic and skilful staff team, supportive parents and considerate, hardworking and courageous pupils!”

Click here to read the report.

10/05/2019   Food Diary 2

Here is the latest Food Diary, which includes the school bread recipe for you to try!  Click here to see / download the diary.

07/05/2019   Guide Dogs for the Blind Cake Sale

Students from 7T took part in a cake sale today to raise much needed funds for Guide Dogs for the Blind. 

Highly trained to support people in navigating any mobility challenges they may face, guide dogs are a great way to get someone out and about with confidence. Below are some facts you may not know about guide dogs:

 * It costs £5 per day to support each working guide dog partnership. 

 * There are around 5,000 guide dog owners in the UK.

 * The lifetime cost of a guide dog is around £55,000.

Cakes will be available to purchase tomorrow in the 7T classroom at break time. 

03/05/2019   Priory School pupils make fairy houses for Spalding’s Tulipfest

Springfields Festival Gardens and The Priory School have a relationship spanning beyond the last three decades. 

Work experience for the pupils with the Springfields Horticultural Society has not only developed a variety of skills but also provided the first opportunities for a handful of the students to take their initial steps on the career ladder. Three former pupils have taken up an apprenticeship or gone into full-time work with Springfields through their Adult Learning Scheme during the last 30 years. 

Naturally, when The Priory School’s Life Skills group received a call for support from the Springfields Horticultural Society, they were more than willing to help. 

With the infamous Tulipfest just around the corner, Springfields were looking for pupils to put their skills to the test and build some fairy houses for the event’s woodland area. Priory pupils spent two days at the Horticultural Society’s workshop drilling, sticking, hammering and using their creativity to develop some fantastic fairy houses. 

Fairyhouses at Springfields

Using various pieces of wood, fern, nails and fabric materials, the pupils developed houses with doors, gardens and even chimneys! 

Lorraine Derrick, HLTA at The Priory School, commented: “The relationship we have with the Springfields Horticultural Society is wonderful. Helping with projects like these allow our pupils to develop their communication skills, whilst also building attributes for the world of work.” 

One pupil explained: “I’ve enjoyed building the fairy houses because it helps us to explore outside of school and makes us feel good by helping other people out.” 

Tulipfest is open every day over the Bank Holiday weekend and is free to enter. Take a look at the fantastic creations by the Priory School pupils!

03/05/2019   May Bank Holiday - School is closed on Monday, 6 May

We hope you have a lovely bank holiday weekend.  School is closed on Monday and pupils return on Tuesday, 7 May.

03/05/2019   How The Priory’s Forest School is coming alive at night!

Wildlife are becoming regular visitors to The Priory Forest School in the evenings. With the help of a specially designed motion sensor camera on loan from Durham University, Priory pupils have been fortunate enough to see a series of animals enter the area! 

With wheelchair accessible pathways throughout the greenery, sensory stations and quiet areas positioned around, The Priory’s Forest School programme is a valuable acquisition to the school’s curriculum. There is a pond with a fully accessible jetty for pond dipping and science lessons, along with a fire pit area and spectacular outdoor theatre made from natural materials which is positioned with seating all around. There are vast amounts of wild flowers, along with bat boxes, bird boxes, and brush fencing inviting wildlife into the woodland. 

The night camera takes three quick pictures after sensing movement and has already captured squirrels, foxes and even a muntjac deer! The pupils are absolutely loving seeing what the cameras have caught each morning. Watch out for more updates coming soon…

Wildlife at night at The Prory School

03/05/2019   Food Diary of the Priory and Garth!

Following on from our recent story about The Priory School’s new Head Chef, Helen Swanson, we are delighted to reveal the all new Food Diary of The Priory and The Garth

Every Friday, Helen will present a new recipe from her kitchen that the pupils at The Priory and The Garth have enjoyed eating that week. These recipes will be added on a weekly basis to the Food Diary which can be accessed on our website, our social media pages, our Newsletters, or in the school office. 

Friends and family are then welcome to try the recipes at home! 

You will find the first edition of the ‘Food Diary of The Priory and The Garth’ either by clicking here (or on our new 'Food Diary at the Priory and Garth' page under the Parents Information tab) with recipe number one… 3-2-1 Shortbread! 

Happy baking!

03/05/2019   Priory & Garth Visit to Tuby's Fair 2019

Tuby's fair has been a part of Spalding for the last 40 years. Our Priory and Garth students had the pleasure of attending the fair when it came to town on Thursday 2nd May.

Click on the link below to see what they got up to! 

25/04/2019   “Fresh and Fantastic” – new menu launched in school!

“Fresh and Fantastic” – new menu launched in school!

The Priory School Kitchen has a new Head Cook.

Helen Swanson joined the kitchen team for The Priory and Garth Schools in November.  She came to us from her previous role as a lecturer for 16 years at Peterborough Regional College training their Hospitality and Catering students.  During the past 5 months, Helen and the fantastic catering team in The Priory Kitchen have introduced many exciting and healthy options for pupils and staff alike. (click here for the new menu)

Catering Team 2019

Daran Bland, Executive Head, says, “The delightful smell of home-made bread now wafts through the school building each day.  Pupils are enjoying, and experimenting with new dishes such as Mushroom and Butter Bean Fricassee, Herby Quorn Pasta, Savoury Root Vegetable Crumble and Pork Goulash!”

“In addition to the new and varied menu plan, Helen has created an interesting salad bar, which now includes a variety of salad and vegetable items, pulses and grains.  Helen is adept at “sneaking” veg into meals and recipes to ensure pupils are getting their five a day!”

Helen Swanson, Head Cook, said, “With the children’s needs in mind we have purposefully changed the menu gradually.  We kept some original recipes, tweaking them slightly, and all dishes are now created each day using fresh ingredients.  We have added an exciting new salad bar, and freshly made sauces and pastries.  The pastries are going down well with the pupils, as is the fresh bread.  The pupils and staff have been really enjoying the basil wheels and feta and tomato breads too!”

With general food allergies on the rise, Helen is keen to introduce a Gluten Free range to the menu, having already had success with her Gluten Free Banana Loaf, which is proving a favourite with everyone!

Helen added, “The pupils have been quite forthcoming with feedback about the new menu so we thought it would be a nice idea to send some recipes home to cook themselves.”

Watch out for more news about this coming soon!

24/04/2019   PRIORY at the Spring Flower Show

Priory Horticulture pupils win big at this year’s Spring Flower Show 

Now in its 110th year, pupils from The Priory School showcased their horticultural expertise by winning numerous awards at the Lincolnshire Daffodil Society’s Spring Flower Show. 

Those pupils who selected Horticulture as an option in Years 10 and 11 plant daffodil bulbs on a yearly basis for the growing section of the competition. Staff at The Priory then choose the best daffodils for the show, hosted at the Springfields Events Centre. Pupils reaped the rewards this year with two third places, two second places and a first place in the single daffodil category. The latter achievement earned the school the Wrisdale Cup and £100 prize money! 

Priory Daffodils 2019

Key Stage 3 pupils were also given the opportunity to enter the daffodil painting and drawing competition as part of their art lessons. Like their older peers, pupils again impressed with two third places and a second place award!

04/04/2019   Easter Holiday Dates

The Easter holiday will commence on Monday 8th April 2019. 

Students return on Tuesday 23rd April 2019. 

04/04/2019   The Easter holiday will commence on Monday 8th April. Students return on Tuesday 23rd April

04/04/2019   UK Air Ambulance Stamp Appeal

The Priory School are proud to announce that we are collecting stamps to support the UK Air Ambulance. 

The UK’s Air Ambulance Services are charities which receive no government funding and reply entirely on charitable donations to continue flying and responding to life threatening medical emergency. They can recycle your used postage stamps into funds to help these vital services.

All kinds of stamps are welcome, on or off paper. Please send them into the school office and we will be happy to send them to their required destination. 

29/03/2019   CIT Newsletter

Please click on the link below to view the latest CIT News update:

CIT News

21/03/2019   The Garth School celebrate ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted status

The Garth School in Spalding are delighted to announce they have maintained their ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted status from June 2015, following a short inspection last month.

The Ofsted report explained how “pupils very much enjoy attending the school. They learn well, their views are listened to and they appreciate the high-quality care and guidance they receive. You have created a positive and stimulating curriculum, which is personalised to meet the needs of individual pupils.”

Inspectors were particularly impressed by the dedication and hard work of staff that goes into the learning experiences they provide for the pupils.

To read more please click here

Ofsted Report 2019

14/03/2019   Red Nose Day Friday 15th March

On Friday 15th March 2019, The Priory School will be celebrating Red Nose Day. Pupils are invited to wear non-uniform for a donation of £1. 

100% of the money raised will help to support vulnerable people and communities in both the UK and internationally.

14/03/2019   Garth Ofsted Report March 2019

We are pleased that the Ofsted inspection team found that we are still outstanding!  Please click here to download the report.

05/03/2019   GARTH Celebrating diversity in the community

The Garth School celebrate diversity in the community

Celebrating Diversity in the Community

As part of their Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) provision, pupils at The Garth School explored the local community of Spalding to understand the diverse cultures in the area.

The day started with classes researching various meals that are key parts of Eastern European cultures.  They wrote shopping lists and prepared for an afternoon of cooking, whilst also singing songs, reading stories and learning the first language of peers that are from countries such as Russia, Lithuania and Poland.

Pupils then walked into the town centre where they explored several Eastern European shops and bought the ingredients for their meals.  Some classes were even fortunate enough to taste the food! The pupils also experienced handling cash as they paid for their shopping, one of a number of key life skills developed during the day.  Please take a look at our day - click here for our video

The Garth School meets the needs of pupils aged between 2 and 19 and is well equipped to meet their complex, severe and profound learning difficulties.  The over-riding aim of the school is to provide an inclusive education in the most real sense; preparing pupils to take a confident and active place in society, be well prepared to meet the challenges of adult life, including the world of work, continuing education and independent living. 

Further skills were developed during the afternoon as pupils put their culinary skills to the test, making various different types of pancakes including traditional ones and Russian potato pancakes!  Pupils also experienced different crafts such as creating Polish scarecrows.

Staff at The Garth School provide all pupils with six SMSC days throughout every academic year, each one focusing on a different over-arching theme.  Diwali and Chinese New Year were previously explored before this most recent adventure.

Claire Moore, Head of School, explained: “This SMSC day has been a huge success and the pupils have all enjoyed the learning experiences on offer.  Life in Modern Britain is very different to how it was years ago and we feel it is important to offer our pupils opportunities to experience diversity within their local community.”

05/03/2019   World Book Day at The Priory School

World Book Day Logo

World Book Day 2019 will be celebrated on Friday 8th March. 

Pupils at the Priory School are invited to attend school wearing a costume. During the day students will complete a wide range of exciting World Book Day themed activities, ending with a special assembly. 

During assembly, one boy and one girl will receive a £10 book voucher for the best costume. 

Pupils will also get the chance to use a variety of art and craft resources to dress up a potato to look like a famous story character. The best design will receive a £10 book voucher!

01/03/2019   Forest School to receive trees from the Woodlands Trust

The Priory’s Forest School set to receive hundreds of trees from the Woodlands Trust

February 2019

The Priory School in Spalding are delighted that their application to the Woodlands Trust for new trees and shrubs for their Forest School has been granted. The new greenery is scheduled for delivery and will be planted in November.

Following adverse weather, numerous trees in The Priory’s Forest School have been damaged and blown down. Yet the Woodlands Trust’s ‘Free Trees for Schools and Communities’ programme has allowed for the school to apply for 345 new trees and shrubs. Such an inclusion will increase the density of the area, encouraging more wildlife to visit the Forest School.

Kathryn Greene, Forest School and Horticulture Co-ordinator, explained: “The pupils at The Priory School are very much involved in every aspect of the Forest School from Years 7 through to 11. It is such a wonderful area we have and the ‘Woodland Trust Trees’ will promote many learning opportunities, as well as encouraging more wildlife to the area.

The pupils will be involved in the planning, planting and caring for the saplings. This project will be a fun and engaging way for our pupils to enjoy the outdoors whilst making a positive difference to the environment. Learning to care for the natural environment through different activities enables them to continue to develop their confidence, learning capacity, communication and problem-solving skills and emotional well-being.”

25/02/2019   The Spalding Special Schools Federation - Election of Parent Governor

Dear Parents & Carers,

There is a vacancy for an elected Parent Governor on the Governing Body of The Spalding Special Schools Federation.

Parents of school age children have a statutory right to be considered for the vacancies provided that the following conditions are satisfied:

  • Candidates must be a parent of a registered pupil at the school.
  • Candidates must provide a proposer and seconder to their nomination.
  • The proposer and seconder must also be a parent of a registered pupil at the school


For further information please see the documents below:

Parent Election 2019

Parent Declaration Form

What does a Governor Do?

If you are interested in becoming a parent governor, please contact Daran Bland, Executive Head Teacher tel 01775 724080 or email 

25/02/2019   Parent / Carer Group meeting cancelled on 1 March 2019

Dear Parents and Carers 

I would like to inform you that the parent carer coffee morning arranged for 1 March has had to be cancelled. 

The next coffee morning will be on Friday 5 April 2019 at 10am – 12noon.  The original guest speaker is no longer able to attend, so I will be contacting other agencies to see if there is anyone available to join us.  If there are any particular agencies you would like me to invite, please can you let me know asap and I will do my best to contact them.  If not, I am happy to hold a coffee morning so you can all share information and experiences and offer support to each other if required. 

I will send a letter out nearer the time to let you know what has been arranged. 

Kind regards

Amanda Barber (Learning Mentor)

15/02/2019   PRIORY Wishing Mrs Carter a happy retirement

We wish Mrs Carter a happy retirement and thank her for her long service at The Priory School

Wishing Mrs Carter a happy retirement Feb 2019

12/02/2019   GARTH SCHOOL Ofsted visit 12 February 2019

The Garth School will be inspected by Ofsted on Tuesday 12th. If you are a registered parent or carer of a pupil at the school (including pupils on sick leave or who are temporarily excluded), you can tell us your views about the school by completing Ofsted's online survey, Parent View, at:

11/02/2019   Major re-modelling scheme for the Garth and Priory Schools

The re-modelling will be the first major work since The Garth School opened its doors almost 50 years ago. The works are scheduled to start in the spring of 2019.

Looking forward to the re-modelling at The Garth School 2019

Five new classrooms are planned (significantly larger than the existing ones) at the heart of the project, along with new therapeutic and specialist spaces.

Similar ambitious works are also planned for The Priory School in 2021.

Daran Bland, Executive Head of The Spalding Special Schools Federation, said: “Upon completion of the building works, the two schools will amalgamate to form one school, operating over the two existing sites.  These developments and improvements will enable the school to meet ‘all needs’ for pupils aged between 2 and 19.”

This is a truly exciting time for specialist provision across Lincolnshire and a rare opportunity to take advantage of a significant capital funding offer from the local authority.  I think everybody’s very excited,” said Mr Bland. “Modern, airy, larger and well equipped classrooms is something that we are all looking forward to.”

Classrooms will also have break out/calming spaces for pupils who are having a difficult day or are in crisis.

Mr Bland said, “Build plans also include the addition of several new toilet and hygiene suite areas and the conversion of some existing classroom spaces into a ‘parent room’, a physiotherapy space and visiting professionals’ base.

“Outdoor play areas will be re-located to accommodate the extension and a new internal courtyard will form a feature of the expanded building to act as an external sensory space.

“The Priory School plans are not quite so advanced yet as this will form Phase 2 of the project, but initial designs include several new classroom spaces to replace some existing rooms that will be demolished as they are not ideal teaching and learning spaces.  Re-modelling of the existing building is also planned to ensure the very best use is made of the space.”

“The expanded Priory site would allow for us to include some primary phased provision on site.”

County special schools are in line for major improvements after a partnership including the County Council, Lincolnshire Parent Carer Forum and Heads of special schools helped secure £50 million in funding.

Mr Bland added, “The Garth School was successful in securing a Condition Improvement Fund bid of just over £900,000 and this funding is contributing towards the local authority’s funding commitment.”

07/02/2019   School Term & Holiday Dates 2019-2020

Dear Parents & Carers, 

The school term and holiday dates for the 2019-2020 academic year have now been finalised. 

To view these, please go to the 'Parents Information' tab and then select 'Term Dates'. 

A printable copy is available underneath the 2018-2019 school term and holiday dates. 

06/02/2019   The Priory School awarded Gold Championship School status

The Priory School have been awarded Gold Championship School status for their involvement in the NCS programme.

NCS Champion School 2017 2018 Gold Award

During the summer term of last academic year, 16 pupils from the Priory School took part in a bespoke National Citizen Service (NCS) programme. During the project, pupils developed their independence, problem solving and entrepreneurial skills, boosting their CVs in preparation for finding employment.

Pupils engaged in a variety of adventure activities on the programme, working together as a team to achieve the desired outcomes. Part of the project also involved a residential, helping to develop key life skills for the pupils.

Mr Flatt, Assistant Head Teacher at the Priory School, had the following to say regarding the project. “Our first bespoke NCS project was a success with pupils achieving so much during the experience. Throughout the year we worked incredibly hard to ensure the project in place was accessible and appropriate, yet challenging for our pupils.

We wanted to ensure all pupils had a life-changing experience where they could be involved in something new. The project was a success and we thank NCS for the award and recognising our hard work and dedication to the project. We hope to work with NCS in the coming years to arrange similar projects.”

Mrs Derrick, Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA), who teachers KS4 pupils outdoor adventure at The Priory, also supported pupils during the 3-week project and made the following observations. “Some of our young people find being away from home a challenging experience due to their complex needs but many welcomed the opportunity to take part in the NCS Project.  

The residential was just long enough for our young people to shine.  They demonstrated that they have the ability to be independent (washing and clothing themselves), work as part of a team and appropriately address unfamiliar adults and other participants.”

05/02/2019   Pupils at The Garth School celebrate Chinese New Year

Tuesday 5th February represented Chinese New Year and this time around it was the Year of the Pig.

Celebrated on the first new moon that appears between the end of January and culmination of February, various festivities including dancing, fireworks and meals are utilised to celebrate the beginning of the new year on the traditional Chinese calendar.

The Garth School celebrated the incoming Year of the Pig with a range of activities throughout the day as part of their Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) provision – a prerequisite of the school curriculum underpinning British Values.

Pupils enjoyed learning about this celebration and engaged in stimulating and varied educational experiences and activities centred on this theme. Highlights included Chinese cooking; tasting and investigating Chinese foods; tactile and sensory exploration of cultural artefacts and clothing; and more formal teaching and learning focusing on how and why this celebration features so heavily within the Chinese culture. 

Staff at The Garth School provide all pupils with six SMSC Days throughout every academic year, each one focusing on a different over-arching theme. The SMSC Day in November 2018 centred on Diwali and the next SMSC Day will be taking place on 5th March, with the planned theme being ‘Diversity within the Local Community’. 

Claire Moore, Head of School, explained: “Pupils of all ages enjoy these themed days in school and it provides them with an opportunity to experience and learn about spiritual festivals belonging to a variety of religions and diverse cultures within our local community and around the world. It also provides the opportunity for appropriate interaction and engagement with peers and adults in school and further afield.”

Click on the link to see our special day of celebration

04/02/2019   Art Club is cancelled today 4 February

Art Club is cancelled today but will take place again next Monday, 11 February.

13/12/2018   School re-opens on Monday, 7 January 2019

13/12/2018   Thank you to our work experience placements

We would like to thank all those businesses in Spalding and beyond who very kindly support our students with work experience placements throughout the year.  Work experience is a very valued part of the curriculum for our senior students and has led to employment after school.

A very Happy Christmas to you all!

05/12/2018   PRIORY Goalball Competition 2018-2019

Rupert Gibson, School Games Organiser from Lincolnshire SE School Sport Partnership, a group dedicated to improving the health and happiness of young people through Sport and PE, organised this year's Goalball Competition at the Priory School.  PE Teacher Mr Allen and the Sports Leaders assisted to make the day a success.  For the full report, please click here

04/12/2018   CIT Autumn Newsletter

All the latest news from CIT schools - click here for the interactive newsletter.

03/12/2018   POSH at The Garth School

The Garth School celebrate EFL Day of Disabilities with Peterborough United

In recognition of the English Football League’s (EFL) Day of Disabilities, Peterborough United mascot Peter Burrow spent a morning at The Garth School, talking to pupils, posing for pictures and playing games with each class.

On the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the EFL’s Day of Disabilities is a celebration of the work of the 72 member football clubs and the inclusive environments they create for disabled supporters.

POSH at Garth School 4 POSH at the Garth School 1 POSH at Garth School 3 POSH at Garth School 2 

The Posh Foundation, which is the charitable trust of Peterborough United, will be coming into school after Christmas to run training sessions for pupils of all needs and abilities. They are also running an event at the London Road stadium later in the new year which The Garth School are hoping to be a part of.

Pupils, parents and carers will be able to enjoy a match day experience in the near future after Peter Burrow left a collection of free tickets for the school community to enjoy.

Claire Moore, Head of School, commented on the enthusiasm shown by Posh for children and young adults with additional needs. “Pupils at The Garth School enjoyed meeting Posh’s mascot and interacted with him beautifully. It was lovely to watch. The pupils are very much looking forward to the coaching sessions, which will start in school in February 2019 and we also look forward to the tournament held at Posh’s stadium later on in the year. My thanks and gratitude go to all at Posh.”

30/11/2018   Further opportunities for flu vaccinations

If your child missed the FLU vaccination in school it is not too late! Please click on the link for where, when and how they can get the vaccination.

Lincolnshire NHS Health Services poster

30/11/2018   PRIORY Christmas Raffle Tickets now on sale

Our annual Christmas Raffle will take place at the end of term at the Christmas Concert (21 Dec).  Tickets are now on sale at school reception.

28/11/2018   'Bucking the National Trend'

Local government article about the changes to special educational needs in Lincolnshire.  To see the article click here

19/11/2018   The Garth School does Children in Need in style!

The Garth School enjoyed a fantastic day of fundraising activities for Children in Need as pupils, staff and families enjoyed bake sales and a fashion show where they paraded their spotty outfits on the catwalk.

Friends and families were invited to join the youngsters at the bake sale to socialise over a cake and drink whilst raising funds for the famous annual event.

Children in Need Cake stall Nov 2018

There were also Children in Need-themed fun activities and party games in some of the classes.

After lunch, there was a fashion show with an array of impressive costumes.  With parents and carers returning to enjoy the show, pupils took it in turns to show off their outfits under the disco lights as their peers clapped and cheered.  There were also prizes for the best dressed youngsters and adults.  Click on the link to watch the Garth Children in Need video.

Considering the school only has 54 pupils on roll, the grand total of £228.04 was very impressive.

Head of School Claire Moore said: "We were overwhelmed by the support from parents, carers and staff to raise such a lot of money for charity and a worthwhile cause.  I am delighted that we’ve raised this much considering we are such a small school.  Thank you to Toni Wand and Shannon Chambers for organising such a great Children in Need day at The Garth School.”

14/11/2018   2018 Leavers Celebration Evening

On Wednesday 14th November 2018, The Priory School will be holding a celebration evening for all of our 2018 leavers. All parents, carers, siblings and friends are invited to attend this wonderful evening.

Celebrations start at 7pm and will finish at 9pm.

We look forward to seeing you all there!

05/11/2018   The Priory School needs your votes!

We are bidding to bag a cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of up to £4,000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores awarded to local community projects.

The Priory School is one of the groups on the shortlist, raising funds for the Safer Sport in School project.  We received money from the Lottery for part of the project earlier in the year.  To complete this project, we need to install a rubber court with sport markings for football and basketball, along with secure fencing to enclose the sport court.  

Other organisations who use our facilities out of school hours, will also benefit from this improved facility.

To see the full story please click here


29/10/2018   'Kids' events at The Garth School

'Kids' support disabled children, young people and their families with an extensive range of services across the country.  They are offering a Youth and Community Club at The Garth School and the schedule of events up to the end of year and contact information can be found on their poster (please click here for the poster) or telephone Kerry Moss 07976 979919 or Katy Ablewhite 07966 212286 for more details.

16/10/2018   Autumn Half Term 22-26 October / Training Day 29 October - students return Tuesday 30 October

The Autumn Half Term is from Monday, 22 October to Friday 26 October.  Monday, 29 October is a staff training day and school is closed to students. Students return to school on Tuesday, 30 October (Term 2)

10/10/2018   Are you eligible for a free flu vaccination?

If you are caring for someone, you may be concerned about how being ill will affect you as a carer and the person you care for.

If you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person who may be put at risk if you fall ill, and/or if you are in receipt of Carer’s Allowance, you should be offered a free flu jab, according to government policy.

Speak with your Doctor or Pharmacist about the flu jab and let them know you are a carer.



25/09/2018   Information Letter from HMI for Schools to all parents



6 Cumberland Place




Textphone 0161 618 8524




24th September



Dear Parents and Carers

Inspection of Lincolnshire local area’s effectiveness in identifying and meeting the needs of, and improving outcomes for, children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities from Monday 01 October 2018 to Friday 05 October 2018.

Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) will carry out jointly an inspection of your local area. Under the Children and Families Act 2014, the government placed new duties on the local health, social and education services that provide for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities. The inspection will evaluate how effectively the local area: 

n  identifies the needs of children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities

n  meets the needs of these children and young people so that their outcomes and chances of participating fully in society improve.

The views of children and young people who have special educational needs and/or disabilities, and the views of their parents and carers will be gathered during visits to a number of early years settings, schools, colleges and specialist services. These views are critical to the inspection process. During the inspection, Ofsted and CQC inspectors will be keen to speak to as many children and young people and their parents and carers as possible. Inspectors will not be visiting your child’s provision.

How can local children, young people, parents and carers contribute their views during this local area inspection? 

There are several ways in which children, young people, parents and carers from your provision can engage with the inspection process and contribute their views:

1.The inspection will include an online recorded webinar to allow Lincolnshire’s parents and carers of children with special educational needs and/or disabilities to contribute. The webinar will take place from noon on Monday 24 September 2018 until midnight on Tuesday 02 October 2018. It will be led by the lead inspector, who will ask parents and carers about their views and experiences on how effectively Lincolnshire is fulfilling the above responsibilities.

Parents and carers who would like to take part in this webinar can follow this internet link to register:

2. Parents and carers can contact their local Parent Carer Forum to request details of how they can attend the discussions held between parents and carers and the Ofsted/CQC inspection team.

3. Parents and carers can email their contributions to

4. Details about the local area SEND inspection will be available on your local authority’s website and distributed through the local area’s Clinical Commissioning Group/s (CCGs). Information about how children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities can share their views about the local area’s effectiveness should be included in the local offer.

During this inspection, the inspectors will collect information about children and young people in the area. They will be looking at local area records, speaking to area officers and leaders at educational settings, and speaking to children, young people and parents or carers. No names will be recorded, but some of the information collected may be capable of identifying a particular child, young person or adult. Ofsted and CQC will use this information to prepare their report, and for the purposes set out in their privacy notices. No information will be published that identifies any individual in the inspection report.

More information is available in the Ofsted and CQC privacy notices which can be found here:

Ofsted’s Data Protection Officer is the Director, Digital and Information who may be contacted at  CQC’s Data Protection Officer is the Head of Governance and Legal Services who may be contacted at

While we understand that many parents and carers may have views on their experience that extend before the introduction of the reforms in September 2014, it is important that this date is used as the start for gathering evidence about the impact of the reforms. We would also like parents and carers to understand that we will not be able to follow up or comment upon individual cases. The inspection team will consider all communication from parents as part of the evidence when evaluating the effectiveness of the local area.

Information on local area duties toward children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities can be found on the Department for Education’s website:

Yours sincerely

Martin Finch, Her Majesty’s Inspector

18/09/2018   Safer Sport in School Fundraising Total now at £16,000

Our Safer Sport in School fundraising total has now reached £16,000 meaning we are over halfway to our total of £31,000 - our grateful thanks to all our sponsors.

17/09/2018   Parent / Carer Coffee Morning 5th October 2018

Here at The Priory School we are once again opening our doors to all parents and carers for our coffee morning. This will be held on Friday 5th October 2018 from 10am - 12pm.

Amanda Barber is the Learning Mentor/Safeguarding Officer at the school and organises a parent/carer support group to meet on the first Friday of every month (term time only).

The group has become very well attended over the past 10 years and guest speakers are often invited to inform both parents and carers of the services and facilities available for anyone with a child with special needs.

If you would like to join our parent/carer support group please sign the attached form and return to The Priory School or email Amanda at

13/09/2018   Exotic Animal Experience at The Priory School!

Animals UK are bringing an exotic animal experience to The Priory!

On Monday 15th October, students will get 45 minutes to learn all about the animals, as well as having a cuddle.

The range of animals includes tarantulas, millipedes, snakes, lizards, tortoises, hedgehogs and skunks.

Click here to find out more about Animals UK

06/09/2018   Nathaniel's Story

A CIT article showing how Nathaniel was supported by Gosberton House and Priory School to help him towards his dream of a career in astrophysics.  A great encouragement to all.

Click here to view the story.

25/07/2018   All the Fun of the Fair!

The Garth School held their annual Summer Fair on Saturday 7th July.

Organised by their Friends Association - FOGS, the event was held on a scorching hot day and brought a record turn out from school kids, relatives, friends and families.

Garth & FOGS staff worked together setting up stalls and games for the Fair goers! There was a Disco Dome Bouncy Castle, ice creams on sale from ‘Laddies of Holbeach’, and a full barbeque from Ye Old Abbey of Crowland. The stalls included a Tombola, Hoopla, Squirt the Sweets, Higher or Lower, Face Painting, Hair Styling, and a new one for this year – The Bush Tucker Trail! Garth Teachers, Charlie and Tess, even braved the stocks!

The raffle attracted a lot of attention this year too, with a £200 1st prize and a £100 2nd prize!

Friends and families of The Garth were very generous on the day and we had many pupils join us, including some past students and their parents!

FOGS managed to raise £566 in total which will go towards upgrading the existing light room, to a multi-sensory room, including some new portable sensory equipment.

Claire Moore, Head of School, said, “We had a fantastic Summer Fair this year, and it was really well attended. It was good to see staff, parents, and pupils, working together to make it happen. A massive thank you to FOGS, and everyone who came along and supported the day.”

12/07/2018   Sports and Federation Family Fun Day at The Priory School TODAY!

The Garth and Priory Schools are holding their Sports Days today and will come together at The Priory School for an afternoon of fun and games.

04/07/2018   CIT Newsletter July 2018

The latest newsletter from CIT can be found using the following link 

28/06/2018   PRIORY Year 10 Money Sense Workshop

Money Sense image 1

10C and 10F took part in a Money Sense workshop created by NatWest to focus on real life financial situations.  Mohommad Chauhan, a Community Banker from NatWest, came to co-deliver the workshop and provided real-life experience and support throughout.  All pupils benefitted immensely from the workshop and it proved to be an eye opening experience for some when thinking about their own money and how they will manage it in the future.  Thank you Mohommad!

Y10 Money Sense 2

19/06/2018   July Parent Carer Group Meeting

Dear Parents and Carers, 

Unfortunately the guest speaker we had arranged is unable to attend our next parent carer coffee morning on 6th July 2018 at The Priory School 10am – 12noon, so we have decided to hold the coffee morning for Parents  and Carers to have a catch up and share any new ideas and/or information you may have gained over the year.

This invite is also to welcome new parents and carers of pupils who are joining the Priory School in September 2018.  This will give everyone an opportunity to meet each other in a friendly relaxed environment.

If you would like to join us on the 6th July 2018, please can you complete the slip below and return it to me at the Priory School or email me at

08/06/2018   NCS visit- pupils have arrived at Caythorpe

Pupils have arrived safely at Caythorpe!

25/05/2018   Half term holiday 28 May to 1 June 2018

School will be closed for the half term holiday next week and re-opens on Monday 4 June 2018.

11/05/2018   PRIORY Taekwondo Assembly

Our Year 8 student Bradley, National Para Taekwondo Champion (in his disability category), Megan Featherstone the English Taekwondo Champion and their trainer Jason Featherstone gave a demonstration of their skills and  an opportunity for some of our students to 'have a go'.  Many thanks to themTaekwondo Trio

09/05/2018   PRIORY Year 11 Flower Arranging

Our Year 11 Lifeskills Groups have been taking part in the Church Flower Festival event at St Paul's Church (photos used by kind permission of CTSD)

Wall arrangements  Flowers in the choir  Up close wall arrangements

09/05/2018   PRIORY Assistant Head Teacher vacancy

We have a vacancy for an Assistant Head Teacher at the Priory School.  Please click here for further details or check out the Vacancies section on the News Page.

Closing date is 18 May 2018, and interviews will take place week commencing 21 May 2018.

04/05/2018   Gosberton House Academy's 65th Birthday

Gosberton House Academy are celebrating their 65th birthday!

Please join for an afternoon of celebration on Saturday 9th June from 12 noon until 4pm at Gosberton House Academy.


For more information please click here


02/05/2018   7T visit to Baytree Owl and Wildlife Centre

On Tuesday 24th April we went to Baytree Owl and Wildlife Centre.

The reason why we went is because we saw a buzzard in our Forest School area and wanted to learn about  different types of birds of prey. Mark the bird expert displayed three birds and a baby owl, they flew all around the tunnel we were sat in and almost landed on our heads!  Mark was very interesting and knew lots of things about birds of prey.  

We saw owls, kookaburra, kestrel, eagles and lots more.  My favourite part was stroking the baby owl that was only 2 days old!

By Jack and Keeley

30/04/2018   PRIORY Teacher vacancies for September 2018

We have a vacancy for a teacher and a senior teacher at the Priory School.  Please click here for full details.  There is also a teaching vacancy at John Fielding Special School, Boston - please contact the school directly for further information (01250 363395)

25/04/2018   PRIORY Crowdfunding opportunity to support our 'Car Mechanics'

The Priory School is trying to raise money to purchase a used car to allow the children to gain hands-on experience of car mechanics. Any bid I write would take up to three months, so we are crowdfunding to hopefully raise that money sooner. 

If you can help us in this goal, please follow the link: - the last day for pledging is 10.17am on 7th May 2018

Yours with thanks  

Kris Mantle, Bid Writer & Fundraising

17/04/2018   Vacancy for an Assistant Caretaker

Please go to our News page (Vacancies) for details of this post.

Application closing date: noon Thursday 26 April 2018 / interviews will be held during the week commencing 30 April 2018

16/04/2018   Term 5 begins Monday, 16 April

16/03/2018   PRIORY 7T Cake Sale

Guide Dogs for the Blind in Priory School 7T

On Friday 16th March 7T held a cake sale to raise money for the Guide Dogs for the Blind charity. We have been learning all about the charity and how guide dogs support people with visual impairments in PSHE lessons and were lucky enough to be paid a visit by Elizabeth, Sheila, Dennis and their dogs Ozzy and Nanna. The cake sale raised an impressive £78.52, thank you to all pupils and staff for  your donations and custom!

7T cake stall for Guide Dogs for the Blind  7T serving refreshments

14/03/2018   PRIORY South Holland Councillors support our Safer Sports in School Project

Councillors across South Holland District Council have clubbed together to support our project at The Priory School.

Sally Slade, District Councillor for Pinchbeck and Surfleet Ward said: “I was keen to support the project as I know how important it is for the children to have structured and safe areas to play and relax in outside.”

MUGA Safer Sport in school

Barrie Taylor, Head of Site at The Priory School said, “We were thrilled to receive the lottery money last year and we are now fully focused on completing this project so that the pupils can enjoy a safer, fully enclosed sports court.  Other organisations, including Action for Children and Spalding United Youth Teams, will also benefit from this new facility once completed.

“We are very thankful to the councillors across South Holland District Council for getting us off the mark with their kind donations. We are now at £4,000 of a £31,000 target.”

07/03/2018   PRIORY 7T visit to Bookmark

7T Refreshments at Bookmark

To celebrate World Book Day, 7T visited Bookmark in Spalding to spend their World Book Day vouchers. After spending their money and vouchers, pupils and staff were invited into the café to read their books and were treated to some drinks and delicious shortbread courtesy of Bookmark. The pupils even got the chance to meet the author, Margaret Dickinson, a Sunday Times top 10 best seller, who was in store for a book signing and got to ask her lots of interesting questions.

7T Meet the Author

Thank you to all the staff at Bookmark who made us feel so welcome!

02/03/2018   Garth and Priory Schools will be closed on Friday 2 March

Due to adverse weather and road conditions, both the Garth and Priory Schools will remain closed on Friday, 2 March.

01/03/2018   Garth and Priory Schools remain closed Thursday 1 March

Due to continuing adverse weather, poor driving conditions and on-site safety concerns, the schools will remain closed onThursday, 1 March

28/02/2018   Garth and Priory Schools closed today Wednesday 28 February

Both our schools will be closed today due to snow and dangerous driving conditions.

28/02/2018   PRIORY Safer Sport in School Project (Enclosed Sports Court)

A year ago we successfully applied to the National Lottery for funding towards a specific, contained team ball play area (MUGA) allowing pupils to play football, netball and basketball safely together.

The MUGA’s are a great addition to our playground facilities however, they are positioned on grass and during bad weather, cannot be used. To complete the project we need to install a rubber mulch court with sport markings for football and basketball, along with secure fencing to enclose the sport court.  Please click on this link for full details

The total cost of the project is £31,000.  As you can see, we need all the help we can get with this project.  

If you can help in any way, please do get in touch. If you would like to come and visit The Priory School and have a look around to meet the children and their teachers, please call Jacki Battram, Head of Communications & Fundraising for CIT on 07860 503281

22/01/2018   GARTH Teacher Vacancy (MPS + SEN 1 Allowance)

We have a vacancy for a teacher at the Garth School required from Term 5 2018. Applications also invited from those not able to start until September 2018.

Further details are given on our Vacancies page.

16/01/2018   GARTH Defibrillator in school

Claire Redford the Administrator for the Garth Special School completed Paediatric First Aid Training last year and the lifesaving value of having a defibrillator in school was stressed.  After a discussion in school, Claire approached Sally Slade one of our Local District Counsellors requesting help with raising funds to purchase a defibrillator.

Sally approached her fellow Local District Counsellors who were only too willing to support the school with the purchase.  

New Defibrillator at Garth School (photo taken by Tim Wilson, Spalding Guardian - used with permission)

The Garth School would like to send special thanks to Sally Slade and her fellow Local District Counsellors for donating funds to such a good cause.

(Photograph by Tim Wilson, Spalding Guardian - used wth permission)

15/01/2018   Assistant Site Manager Vacancy

We have a vacancy for an Assistant Site Manager to work across the Garth, Priory and John Fielding Schools. The closing date for applications is at noon on Monday, 29 January 2018.

If you would like to look around the schools, please email the Site Manager to arrange a visit.

Please go to our vacancies page for further details and an application form.

15/01/2018   Free Signposting and Information Event

Lincolnshire Parent Carer forum are holding this event on Wednesday 24 January 2018 between 10.30am - 2.30pm at The Stanhope Hall, Boston Road, Horncastle LN9 6NF.

The event is for parents/carers of a child or young person with a disability or special education needs.  There will be lots of information for you and your family. Downloadable information

Contact the Parent/Carer forum on tel 07925 232466/email 

No need to book - just pop in!  

10/01/2018   PRIORY Building Communities of Specialist Provision Consultation events at Priory School

To further inform you of what is planned and how this may affect The Priory School, we will be hosting two consultation events. The first of these will be held at The Priory School on Tuesday 6th February, starting at 5p.m. in the school hall. The other will be at the Parent/Carer Coffee morning on Friday 2nd February at 10 a.m. also at the school. These sessions will cover the reasons for change, the proposals and a capture of your views. 

Please click on the link to view a full copy of this invitation:

Consultation letter from Mr Bland

10/01/2018   GARTH Building Communities of Specialist Provision consultation events at Garth School

To further inform you of what is planned and how this may affect The Garth School, we will be hosting two consultation events.  The first of these will be at The Priory School on Tuesday 6th February, starting at 5 p.m. in the school hall.  The other will be at a Parent/Carer Coffee morning on Wednesday 7th February at 10 a.m. at The Garth.  These sessions will cover the reasons for change, the proposals and a capture of your views. 

Please click on the link to view a full copy of this invitation:

Consultation letter from Mr Bland

10/01/2018   Parent/Carer Meeting in February

The next Parent/Carer meeting will take place on Friday, 2 February.  Our guest this month is a representative of 'Carers First'.  Mr Bland will be with us later in the morning to answer any queries about the proposed changes to special educational needs provision in the county.

Please would you let Mrs Barber/ school know if you would like to join us - thank you.  Invitation and reply slip

09/01/2018   Interactive guide to Building Communities of Specialist Provision

Please click on the link below to connect to the interactive guide from Lincolnshire County Council about the proposed changes to provision for children and young people with special educational needs.

Interactive guide to Building Communities of Specialist Provision

08/01/2018   Consultation on Building Communities of Specialist Provision

Building Communities of Specialist Provision for Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities in Lincolnshire. Consultation begins on 8th January and runs until 14th March 2018. You can find out more details by going to or to you can click on the links below for information sent to parents and carers:

Overview and proposals for enhancing  provision for Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs (Priory School)

Overview and proposals for enhancing provision for Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs (Garth School)

A collaborative strategy for Pupils with Special EducationalNeeds and Disabilities (SEND) in Lincolnshire

05/01/2018   Welcome to our new staff colleagues

We have a number of new staff colleagues who have recently started working with us and we wish them a warm welcome.  Some existing staff have taken on new roles.

At the Garth School, Claire Moore has taken on the role of Acting Head of School with Sarah Ellis as Acting Assistant Head Teacher, Tara Radeloff is teaching in Pears class and Charlotte Evans and Hannah Turner are Teaching Assistants.  

At the Priory School, Gemma Jones has joined us as Administrative Apprentice and Vicky East and Lyn Ansell are Catering Assistants.

22/12/2017   GARTH Sedge Homes

Sedge Homes have recently adopted the Garth School as their charity for the year.  They have used designs by students for their Christmas cards choosing artwork by Zuzanna, who used her foot to paint.  They presented Zuzanna with a singing reindeer because she loves reindeer and anything that sings and dances.

20/12/2017   CIT Newsletter December 2017

Please click on the link for the latest CIT Newsletter

08/12/2017   Severe weather closure information

Mr Bland is sending out information to all parents in case of severe weather. Please click here to see the full letter.

08/12/2017   Christmas Card Competition 2017

We would like to congratulate Lily Walmsley from the Priory School and Toby Smith and James Calvey from the Garth School for winning the John Hayes Christmas Card competition.  

08/12/2017   PRIORY Christmas Events Newsletter 217

Information about events past and those taking place in school up to the end of term - Santa Fun Run, Christmas Jumper Day and much more!

Christmas Events newsletter 2017

27/11/2017   Teaching Assistant Vacancies

We have two temporary Teaching Assistant posts available at the Garth School (January-July 2018).  Please click here for more information

11/11/2017   Poppy Appeal 2017

Poppies are now available in school (The Royal British Legion website)

08/11/2017   PRIORY Vacancy for a Catering Assistant

We have a vacancy for a permanent Catering Assistant at the Priory School - closing date Wednesday 22 November (midday).  Please click on the link for further information.

18/09/2017   PRIORY Introduction to Spanish

Spanish is now the language taught in school and Mrs MacLeod has kindly produced an introductory powerpoint presentation for Years 7 & 8.  Please click on the link to share this with your child - Introduction to Spanish

08/09/2017   Used stamps for RSPB

For some years we have been collecting used postage stamps to support RSPB at Frampton Moor.

We are continuing to collect used stamps and would be delighted to receive any that you have spare.  Please give stamps to Mrs Derrick or the School Office.

08/09/2017   PRIORY Peeby visits Priory

Princebuild logo

Princebuild’s company mascot ‘Peeby’ made a surprise guest appearance at the end of term assembly to present 20 new running vests for the running team and other sporting activities.

Matthew Pudney, Director of Princebuild, commented ‘It was wonderful to see the children’s faces light up when Peeby entered the room and to hear the roar of laughter when Peeby greeted the Head Teacher with a warm and friendly hug. It’s obvious to see that the staff are very passionate about the school and their pupils and I’m so pleased that we could help motivate the children in their sporting activities by providing the new clothing for them.”

Princebuild's Peeby presenting running vests

24/07/2017   GARTH Edina Trust grant for polytunnel

Thanks to the Edina Trust, we have been able to purchase a much longed for Polytunnel for The Garth School!

Due to student need and our students often being visual and sensory learners, we feel very passionately about bringing the science curriculum to life for them. In order to achieve this, we wanted to offer the children on site gardening facilities. The students need to physically see the earth in their hands and the seeds and plants, to understand.

Now, with £500 from The Edina Trust, we have been able to show the students plants growing inside their own polytunnel and this is helping them gain an understanding of gardening and the science behind it.

This project is to support Biology and specifically lifecycles of plants.  The students are practical learners and need to be involved in all aspects of seed selection, planting, care, and harvesting to gain an understanding of the plant lifecycle.  

26/06/2017   Priory School awarded top-ranked food hygiene rating!

Food Hygiene RatingThe Priory School kitchen has been awarded a 5 star food hygiene rating in the latest inspections by South Holland District Council environmental health officers.


The Priory School kitchen is a hive of activity Monday through to Friday every week during term time, preparing over 200 meals across both The Priory School and The Garth School.  Pupils and staff have two daily choices, either a hot meal or salad with bread roll or potatoes (from our fresh salad bar).  For dessert there's a sweet option or fresh fruit or yogurt.

Mrs NeedhamThe kitchen is headed by Mavis Needham, with a team of 4 (Sharon Inglis, Marion Perkins, Rachel Buck, and Lisa Eady) supporting her, they run a tight ship.

Full report

19/06/2017   Priory School awarded £9,625 for playground upgrade!

We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded a £9,625 grant from The National Lottery Awards for All Scheme. This great news means that changes can now be made to the children’s playground to improve playtime.

Full press release

24/05/2017   Death of Mr Osbourne, Founding Headteacher

Mr Osbourne became head of the Priory School in 1968.  Many tributes were paid to Mr Osbourne including Mr Bland's that the school owes much to the founding principles established by Mr Osbourne.  Please see the Spalding Guardian article by clicking here

23/05/2017   PRIORY 7T learning about communication

7T and the visit by the Guide Dogs

On Tuesday 9th May 2017, 2 guide dogs and their owners came in, we asked them about everyday life and how they do stuff such as brush their teeth. The owners names were Sheila and Dennis and their dog’s names were Nanna and Ozzy respectively. At the end we stroked and patted the dogs.

By Joseph Culham

Hugging a Guide DogGuide Dogs and their owners

23/05/2017   PRIORY 7T visit Tesco in Bourne

7T and the baker

On 2nd May 2017, 7T visited Tesco in Bourne to take part in the ‘farm to fork’ project. We visited the bakery to see how all the different freshly baked products are made and how long they take to bake, then we visited the fish counter and found out where all the fresh fish are from. Afterwards, we went to the cheese counter where we had to guess where all the different cheeses are from and then the freezer where it was... freezing!! We got to try lots of different cheeses and as a present we got 3 fresh baguettes to bring back with us! 

7T in the fruit aisle

08/04/2017   PRIORY 2017 Success at Spring Flower and Gardening Show

Priory daffodils and students' artwork have scooped awards at Springfields Event Centre.  In the age range 13-14 photography class we won a First Prize; our daffodils gained Second and Third Prizes. Congratulations to Spalding Academy for their First Prize daffs!

Priory Daffodil 2017

31/03/2017   PRIORY KS4 Assessment Data

The data for KS4 has been delayed and will be sent home after the Easter holiday.

30/03/2017   PRIORY 7T visit the Bradford Media and Science Museum

7T Bradford Media and Science Museum

7T  had a fantastic visit to the Bradford Science and Media Museum as part of their topic ‘Media Magic’. The day started off with an exploration of ‘Life Online’ where we got to see the World’s first computers and mobile phones and how they were developed over time. This was followed by a 3D film ‘Tiny Giants’ in the impressive iMax theatre. After lunch we explored the Wonderlab, the Animation Gallery and the Kodak History of Photography Gallery. The real highlight  for both students and staff  was the retro Games Lounge, where we got to play our way through gaming history from Atari to Pac-Man and Super Mario Kart!

28/03/2017   GARTH National Lottery Awards for All Scheme

We have received a grant from the National Lottery which we are using to provide all weather rubber mulch safety surfacing making the trim trail and wheelchair-friendly roundabout accessible all year round.

The funding is also enabling the school to purchase interactive play panels for the children to enjoy at break times. 


With thanks to Spalding Today / Wheelchair Roundabout

We are delighted the Big Lottery grant has opened this resource up for the whole year.

(Many thanks to Spalding Today for their photograph and editorial)

17/03/2017   Lord's Taverners minibus 14 March

The Garth and Priory schools are delighted with the new minibus from the charity Lord's Taverners and Lady Taverners.

Staff and pupils receiving the new Lord's Taverners minibus

13/03/2017   PRIORY award from St James's Place Foundation

We are delighted to inform you that we have been awarded a £10,000 grant from The St James’s Place Foundation. This great news has meant that upgrading works could begin in our woodland area.

Natural Science Area 2017

The woodland area is positioned to the rear of school and has been looked after and nurtured for many years by staff and pupils.

21/02/2017   GARTH Art with Unique Cottage Studios

Students from Strawberries Class are working towards an AQA Certificate in Art.  Alex, Niamh, Lauren and Shelby have been creating pottery animals.

Art at Unique Cottage StudiosArt at Unique Cottage StudiosArt at Unique Cottage StudiosArt at Unique Cottage Studios

24/01/2017   GARTH Thank You to Bakkavor

Garth School students were delighted to welcome Phil and Amber from Bakkovar to our Assembly to say thanks for money they had raised to provide us with lots of fabulous sensory materials for use in class.

Student thank you to Bakkavor

09/01/2017   'What is Snapchat'

The Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Trust/Stay Safe Partnership have produced an information sheet about 'Snapchat', including useful websites for keeping everyone safe on the Internet.  'What is Snapchat' / Stay Safe Partnership


16/12/2016   Christmas Card Competition Winners 2016

Christmas card competition winners 2016

John Hayes explained about how he started the Christmas card competition many years ago.  The competition is run between the Priory, Garth and Gosberton House schools.  He said he preferred cards with character that the children put effort into and that the Prime Minister will receive one of the winning Christmas cards.

This year's winners were Brendan Lakey, Cadan Lowe and Brett Reed

13/12/2016   PRIORY Wonderful Christmas Lunch

Thanks to our visitors for their support during the year and to Mrs Needham and her Catering Team for a fabulous Christmas lunch.

08/12/2016   GARTH Christmas Tree Festival

Christmas Tree  

Apples and Mangos classes fabulously decorated a Christmas Tree for the Festival at Broad Street Methodist Church.  Thank you to everyone!

08/12/2016   GARTH Visit to Waste Recycling Centre

Strawberries Class went to a waste recycling centre near Lincoln this term to learn about how they burn rubbish safely to create ash which is then used to make kerbs for paths.  See the Gallery for some of the items we learned can be recycled.

Strawberries Class practised recycling in school, making bags from old newspapers.

01/12/2016   GARTH Christmas Card Design Competition Winners

Congratulations to Cadan Lowe and Brett Reed who have been announced as winners of MP John Hayes annual design competition for 2016.  Both pupils have been invited to attend the presentation event at Springfields Centre.

30/11/2016   PRIORY School Minibus fundraising

We are raising funds for a new minibus.  More details can be found here - or as part of the Parents Information/general information page on the website. 

30/11/2016   7T’s trip to Viridor Waste Recovery Centre

7T at Viridor Waster Recovery Plant        7T at Viridor Waste Recovery Plant recycle it?

On Monday 28th November 7T went to Viridor in Peterborough.  Viridor is a Waste Recovery Centre.  My favourite part was seeing the control room and what happens to waste.  They sort the waste into different zones, each containing different waste like Recyclable stuff, Food, Garden Stuff and Electrical Items.  It was good because we threw beanbags into the right bin, visited the control room and viewed the CCTV.  We had been learning about what is the right waste to put in a different bin and we learned what happens to waste.  The engineers control room was great because it had a huge controlled a claw picking up waste and putting it inside a shredder and it also showed the heat of the waste.  Special thanks to everyone at Viridor!

By Joseph Culham 7T

23/11/2016   East Midlands in Bloom Schools Award

Earlier this year the Priory School entered the East Midlands in Bloom School Gardens Competition. We were invited to the awards presentation in September held at Rutland Golf Club, where we were pleased to learn that we had won the “Best School Fruit and Vegetable Garden” award. We were also presented with a “silver gilt” award for the gardens overall.

The judge said that he enjoyed being shown round by very knowledgeable and motivated Year 11 students. He was pleased to see that the gardens are well used by most of the school and the hard work that went into it throughout the year by the students.

16/11/2016   Porridge Week at Priory School

For several years Priory School has been supporting 'Mary's Meals' which provides food and equipment for young people in countries where they are not lucky enough to have enough food to eat or opportunities for education.  If young people go to school they are given a bowl of porridge.

For one week we will provide porridge for every pupil for a donation of 20p.  All money raised will go to the charity.

10/10/2016   PRIORY 7T Host Macmillan Coffee Morning

 PRIORY Y7 Macmillan Coffee Morning

7T hosted a Macmillan Coffee Morning on Friday 7th October, raising a grand total of £160 (and counting!)

Thank you to everyone who donated cakes and money. Also a big thank you to Stephanie Coulston who joined us from Macmillan Head Office.

A great day had by all!

15/09/2016   Welcome back!

Welcome Back

After the lovely summer weather, welcome back to pupils in Years 8,9,10 and 11 and Welcome To The Priory School to pupils in Year 7 and new arrivals in other year groups. There will be lots of new and exciting experiences throughout the year for everyone. Year 7 will be starting horse riding, Year 8 will start swimming sessions, Year 9 will be going out on trips to enhance their learning and also working in the school Nature Area, Year 10 will start going to the Sports Centre for PE lessons and Year 11 have work experience and Boston College to look forward to throughout the year. We hope everyone enjoys their new experiences.

As staff we are delighted, and very proud, that last year's Year 11 left with an excellent set of results. Some Year 11 pupils performed exceedingly well in GCSE exams, but every single Year 11 pupil managed to achieve results in nationally recognised assessments. Well done to them all and we wish them good luck as they move forward to the next stage of their lives.

15/09/2016   PRIORY Attendance


It goes without saying that, the teachers worked hard to help Year 11 pupils perform well but such good results only come about when pupils attend school regularly. Our attendance record at The Priory School is excellent, last year clocking up 94.6%. If pupils do not come to school, they miss out on vital learning and experiences. We would ask that appointments are kept to a minimum as much as possible, although we do appreciate that there are several pupils who need regular medical consultations that cannot be done out of school hours. Pupils who attend 100% are rewarded for their attendance by school, and they reward themselves by having good learning opportunities. If you need to take your child out of school for a medical appointment, please send in a copy of the appointment in advance of the date. If your child is ill, we would be grateful to receive a phone call before 9:00. If you need to take your child out of school for any other reason, you will need to complete a holiday form in advance, obtained from the school office or via the school website.

15/09/2016   PRIORY - We are here to help

Here To Help

As always, we will be working very hard to ensure that your child achieves to their absolute potential. Working in close partnership with parents and carers is important to us in helping to ensure success. Should you wish to discuss any aspect of your child's education and well-being, please do not hesitate to get in touch. In the first instance it is usually best to speak to your child's class tutor as most things can either be answered or sorted out fairly quickly by them. Barrie Taylor is the Head of Site and is available to discuss any further worries or concerns you may have. Amanda Barber is the school's Learning Mentor and is available to provide support on a variety of issues that may be affecting your child.

Have a very good 2016-17

15/09/2016   Home To School Transport

Home To School Transport

Home to School Transport is provided by Lincolnshire County Council, therefore any changes or queries should be directed to them. Whilst we can support where appropriate, Transport must be informed of any alterations. The contact number for transport is 01522 782020. Please also ensure you make a note of your child's particular transport operator as there are times they may be running late due to traffic problems, you would need to contact the operator directly on these occasions rather than the school office.

19/07/2016   Y10 Activity Days

Y10 Activity Days

Year 10 went to Hunstanton for fish and chips, the Aquarium at Skegness, wall climbing and tobogganning at Tallington Lakes. The pupils were very well behaved and all had a fantastic time, the weather was great too!

19/07/2016   PRIORY Y7 Activity Days

Y7 Activity Days

YC Activity Days began with a visit to Hammerton Zoo which included sightings of tigers, camels, meerkats and much more. The next day an exciting game of Jurassic Miniature Golf at Springfields was enjoyed by all.

7F began with a visit to Fineshade Woods followed by a pizza buffet at Pizza Hut. On their second day they went for a game of Laserstorm followed by an afternoon swimming at Bourne Outdoor Pool.

27/06/2016   PRIORY Staffing Changes for September 2016

PRIORY Staffing Changes for September 2016


Mrs Miller, our English Coordinator and Senior Teacher will be leaving the school this summer to take up a post in a primary school. Mrs Miller has been at the school for eight years and will be missed. She has provided excellent leadership of English and has also developed the school’s assessment and progress systems. Mrs Miller has ensured that those pupils who require support to “catch up” are identified early and given the help they need to make good progress. We all wish Mrs Miller the very best in her new role and thank her for her time with us.

Miss Taylor will be leading English from this September.

Miss Hebblewhite will be staying with us in September as a teacher with a teaching focus of Science.

Miss Greene’s role will be changing from Teaching Assistant to Trainee Teacher.  

Mr Bland


27/06/2016   PRIORY Y7 Visit To Ferry Meadows

Y7 Visit To Ferry Meadows

7F and 7C went pond dipping at Ferry Meadows. We all had to catch different insects and then we had to tip them in a bucket and have a look to see what we had caught.  Then we had a sheet of paper and had to cross off what we got.


27/06/2016   PRIORY Y11 Trip To See The Lion King

Y11 Trip To See The Lion King

Our year 11s went on a trip to see ‘Lion King’ at the Lyceum Theatre in London on Wed 18th May.  All of the pupils agreed the show was absolutely amazing and well worth the long and busy journey there and back.  A thoroughly fantastic day- HAKUNA MATATA!   Mrs Hastie

27/06/2016   PRIORY Flower Parade, Caravan Weekend

Flower Parade, Caravan Weekend

Priory School once again became a caravan site during the May Bank Holiday Weekend. All the staff worked very hard during the weekend to ensure our guests had a wonderful time. The caravanners, long-standing visitors and new, were very effusive in their praise and thanks to the staff for all their hard work and I would like to add my thanks to all the people – staff and friends – who came to donate their help over the weekend. Just over £4,000 went into School Fund to help support trips, visits and the rewards programme.  Mrs Isaacs

As this was our last ever caravan weekend we would like to thank Mrs Isaacs for all her hard work planning and organising the events.  Without her commitment the weekends would not have been so successful and we wouldn’t have been able to raise so much money, keeping the minibuses on the road. 

As we now move forward we need to start to consider alternative fundraising opportunities and we happily invite suggestions for the future.  Get your thinking caps on!

27/06/2016   PRIORY Y7 Farm Visit

Y7 Farm Visit

“I enjoyed feeding the lambs.  It was really fun.  They were cute.”

 “We got to go on a tractor ride. It was very bumpy.  We got to see how plants grow.”

27/06/2016   PRIORY Dragons Den Test For Pupils

PRIORY Dragons Den Test For Pupils

Y10 students, at the Priory School, recently took part in a Dragons’ Den style experience before a panel of judges from the Rotary Club of South Holland. Six Enterprise Teams each showcased a product of their own design with a presentation using multimedia and visual aids. One pupil with speech impairment was applauded by the Dragons for using a voice app to explain his product.
The annual event is as much about the presentation as it is about the product with students having to work as a team to foster; communication, organisation and collaborative skills.
The most outstanding team was Marvellous Mats, designing and making coasters and pot stands using wooden pegs and fridge magnets using plastic beads.
In second place was the Shield with their bird boxes and fridge magnets and in third place, Plastic Fantastic with spiral key rings and bead coasters and fridge magnets.
The teams have been supported by Steve Manning, teacher of Design and Technology at the Priory. He has been on hand with advice and support with technical issues. A member of the Rotary Club of South Holland has also worked with the pupils.
All teams were presented with certificates and the winning teams received money to develop their products and sell them to staff and students at the school. Profits will be used to subsidise summer activities for the benefit of all Y10 students.
The South Holland Rotary Dragons were impressed with the designs, the presentations and the way students responded to rigorous questioning. They felt the students were thorough in all aspects and had certainly done their homework.                   Mr Manning

27/06/2016   PRIORY Rotary Kids Day Out

Rotary Kids Day Out

Once again our pupils in year 7 and 8 were very fortunate to have been invited by Spalding Rotary Club to Wicksteed Theme Park. The pupils and staff had a fantastic day.
The rotary club were kind enough to buy everyone an ice cream.
After the ice cream we headed to the best bit of the park I think the roller coasters were the best and Kieron thought the go karts were the best.  BM & KC 8T

27/06/2016   PRIORY Y8 Activity Week

Y8 Activity Week

On Monday 27th June the year 8’s taking part in activity week went with staff to The Light cinema in Wisbech to see ‘The Secret Life of Pets’, which everyone found hilarious and could not stop laughing.

 On Tuesday, year 8’s went to Laser Storm in Spalding to test their accuracy and agility. The overall winner for the day was Ryan McConville, with Reece Sammons coming 2nd and Kieron Curtis coming 3rd.  Upon returning to school, everyone sat down and enjoyed the latest Minions film with popcorn.

On Wednesday, year 8’s took a ride down the Welland river and along Coronation Channel in a water taxi. Thankfully the weather held out and most pupils managed to show off their ability to steer the boat and use the horn effectively! After departing the boat at Springfields, all enjoyed a piece of cake at Costa Coffee before returning back to school.

 It has been a fantastic week and all pupils have enjoyed themselves thoroughly.  

12/05/2016   The Spalding Special Schools Parent Governor Election

The Spalding Special Schools Parent Governor Election

We are looking to appoint a Parent Governor to The Priory and Garth Schools. Please visit our vacancies page under our New's tab for more information.

25/04/2016   PRIORY Cross Country Competition - Norwich

Cross Country Competition - Norwich

28 Students travelled to Norwich to take part in the Eastern Region Cross Country Championships along with 17 other schools. The event is held at Tavernham Hall School, a beautiful setting and perfect for cross country. All the students really did us proud with every single one of them behaving superbly and supporting thier team mates. Notable performances were Cole S who won the Under 13 boys and Sarah Alice S who came in 2nd in the Under 15 girls. We also brought home the Senior boys team trophy for the second year. A wonderful day for all involved.

25/04/2016   PRIORY Y9 Humanities

Y9 Humanities

Year 9 have been visiting places of Christian worship as part of their RE work. We discovered a range of differences but also some similarities between the different groups of Christians and their places of worship and we are now working to complete work about this as part of our WJEC award for the end of KS4.

25/04/2016   PRIORY Pupils with 100% Attendance

Pupils with 100% Attendance

All pupils who achieved 100% attendance last term will be invited to celebrate this with Mr Bland. They will have a meal together and a bit of fun. A big well done to all those pupils who managed to acheive this.

25/04/2016   PRIORY Y9 Environment Work

Y9 Environment Work

Year 9 have been working hard in the Nature Area during the last few weeks clearing up from the winter storms and laying wood chippings down on the paths so we can all walk mud- free. Work has also commenced on thinning out some of the invasive plants. Everyone has worked really hard, demonstrated excellent team work and exchanged some knowledge and information about what we see growing there. The bee hive is beginning to be busym the moles have been at work and ladybirds are around. How lovely the Nature Area looks in the spring sunshine and we really enjoy being down there together.

22/04/2016   PRIORY Message from The Schools Finance Team

Cheque Payments To School

As we are now an academy, please would you make cheques payable to ‘The Priory School’. We can no longer accept cheques payable to Lincolnshire County Council – thank you.

22/04/2016   RDA Ladies Visit The Priory

RDA Ladies Visit The Priory

The horse riding ladies came into school last week. We did some tack cleaning; I loved cleaning the flaps on the saddle. I was in a group with Sam, Toby and Rex. We cleaned the saddle with saddle soap and a sponge and then we cleaned the reins. I am looking forward to riding again on the 20th April.  By Michael H

 The horse riding ladies showed us how to clean the tack. I worked on the saddle and bridle. I liked working with Toby, Rex, Sam and Mia. By Evie R

7C cleaned the saddle with a polisher. Then we cleaned the reins. We had good fun. I am looking forward to starting riding again in April. By Sam S

When we ride we do turning left and right. My favourite horse is Emily. At horse riding we sit and move and learn the sitting trot. We pull the reins to turn left and right. By Lucy W

 The horse riding ladies taught us to clean the reins. By Ciaran W

 Horses are awesome. At horse riding what you have to do is brush the horse, and then you polish the saddle. By Dylan C


19/04/2016   PRIORY Quiet Achiever's Celebration

Quiet Achiever Celebration

A big thank you to all those pupils who always try their hardest and 'do the right thing at the right time'. This term the randomly selected pupils visited Laser Storm for a couple of games with Mr W. They had a great time. Mr W is looking forward to the next celebration event. 

19/04/2016   PRIORY Caravan Weekend - Our Annual Fundraiser

Caravan Weekend - Our Annual Fundraiser

PLEASE  REMEMBERFriday 29th April is a Training Day at Priory School so school will be closed on that day. Please do not send your child to school! Monday 2nd May is Bank Holiday Monday so we will look forward to welcoming all pupils back to school on Tuesday 3th May!

As you may be aware every year we welcome caravanners to school for the Bank Holiday weekend. This is the school’s biggest fundraising opportunity of the year.  Last year the event raised over £5,000, all of which is spent on enriching the lives of our pupils.  For example, we use this money to keep our three mini-buses on the road, offset the cost of trips to Europe and our activity weeks, and pay for our good works, attendance and reading awards and much more.

To maximise the profit we make from entertaining 120 caravans full of intrepid caravan folk for the weekend we would appreciate donations of tins of baked beans, tins of whole tomatoes, eggs, tomato sauce, brown sauce, marmalade, sliced bread, cartons of fresh orange juice, tea bags and coffee.  The more we receive in donations the less we have to buy to feed breakfast to the caravanners.

All staff at the school give up their time on this weekend to support the fundraising effort.  There will be hundreds of breakfasts served, jacket potatoes and fillings, a three course evening meal, a band, a quiz night and lots of toilets cleaned!

We would also really appreciate any raffle prizes you can spare for the caravan raffle over the weekend. Toiletries, chocolate, alcohol, children’s games, small items of jewellery etc. are most welcome.

 All items can be brought in to school at any time by pupils- food to Mrs Richardson, raffle to Mrs Isaacs. Thank you!


18/04/2016   PRIORY Puzzle Day 2016

Priory Puzzle Day 2016

We all had a fantastic time when the Happy Puzzle Company came to visit us earlier on in the month. The pupils enjoyed working together in teams to complete challenging but fun puzzles.  Some challenges were easier than others and required different skills and strategies, but all involved patience, persistence and teamwork (especially as we were not allowed to use glue or staples on those extremely uncooperative penguins!).  It was really rewarding to see the pupils (and staff!) get so involved in this really successful day and getting so many different things out of it- all in all a fab day!

Julie Hastie (Maths Coordinator)

29/03/2016   PRIORY Attendance


Thank you for your support in improving attendance. However, the attendance rate for the autumn term was 94.5% which is actually down on the same term last year where attendance was 95.7%. It is vital that pupils attend school regularly and only have time out of school when it is absolutely necessary. As you are aware the government no longer permit parents and carers to take holiday during school term time.

The class that had the highest attendance rate during term 2 was 9I with a brilliant 97%.

 The class with the highest attendance rate during term 3 will be shared with pupils on 22-01-16.

Can your class win the award for Term 4? They can if you come to school every day!


24/03/2016   PRIORY School Choir Cake Sale

Karaoke Cake Sale

There will be a Karaoke Cake Sale at The Priory School tomorrow break. All cakes are between 10p - 50p. Thank you for supporting The Priory Choir.

24/03/2016   PRIORY Y10 Visit To Baytree Garden Centre

Y10 Visit To Baytree Garden Centre

On Monday 20th March Year 10 went to visit Baytree Garden Centre for a hot drink and to see some of the animals they have there. The pupils organised the trip as part of the Independent Living course, this involved arranging transport, money and medication. The trip was a real success and pupils and staff even got the chance to hold a python and a tarantula!

23/03/2016   PRIORY Science Afternoon

Science Afternoon

The whole school took part in an afternoon of Science activities designed to enthuse and engage the pupils showing the role of Science and engineering in all areas of life.

This years theme was around the different types of Space; open sapce, outer space, digital space, built space and personal space. Lots of exciting activities were on offer and pupils were able to complete 4 sessions during the afternoon, these may have included astronaut skills, investigating colourful space, terrific teeth, sending a message, loading cargo, food science and a team quiz. It was lovely to see the pupils from all year groups supporting and working together in their groups enjoying Science.

17/03/2016   PRIORY Y8 Indian Experience Day

Indian Experience Day

Sunita Patel joined Year 8 on Thursday 10th March hosting an interesting, inspiring and colourful workshop called ‘The Indian Experience’. The pupils cooked Indian food such as Lentil Dahl, Railway Tea and an Almond Pudding. They then took part in Bollywood dancing whilst wearing traditional Indian clothing. Later on in the day, Year 8 discussed aspects of Indian culture and challenged stereotypes. The afternoon finished with a wonderful session, creating chalk Rangoli patterns and decorating Diva Lamps for Diwali. It was a fantastic way to draw together the topic of India! 


17/03/2016   PRIORY Y8 Visit To Indus

Y8 Visit To Indus

On Monday 14th March we went to an Indian Restaurant called Indus in Spalding. When we walked through the door it felt like a very realistic Indian Experience with Indian music playing as we were greeted by the owner and staff. When we sat down the table was set nicely, the service was very quick with a 2 course meal. There was a lot of food to eat, for starter we had poppadums with various Indian cuisine dips. For main course we had Chicken Korma, Chicken Tikka Masala, Onion Bhajis, Naan Bread and Rice. It was all very tasty, I wish I could have more! A few people in our class hadn’t had Indian before and they all came out converts! The staff were very friendly and they seemed to know a lot about India as we quizzed them after we had eaten! Thank you very much to Indus Restaurant.

Bill Munden 8T

08/03/2016   PRIORY Boston College

Boston College

On Friday the 11th of March 2016 all year 10 pupils will be attending Boston College in the afternoon. This visit will help prepare your child for their college link placement that begins next academic year. Pupils will visit the college, have lunch within the canteen and then have a tour of the college campus. This is the first of two taster days that pupils will attend; the second will take place during term 4. This experience will prove valuable as pupils will be able to see how the college runs day to day.

Pupils will visit college during the normal school day hours, so no changes will need to be made to transport arrangements. However pupils lunch times arrangements will be different. For those pupils that bring a packed lunch to school they may continue to do this and eat this within the college's canteen. For pupils who normally order and pay for a school dinner; you may wish to bring money to pay for items available in the canteen. Pupil's who receive free school meals will have money provided by the school to purchase their lunch. The canteen has a variety of hot and cold meals available and there will be plenty of choice to choose between. I will notify the college prior to our visit should they need to cater to any specific dietary requirements.

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04/03/2016   The Spalding Special Schools Federation become Academies

The Spalding Special Schools Federation become Academies

We are pleased to announce from 1st March 2016, The Priory School and The Garth School have become Academies. This means that both schools are now essentially independent schools that are funded directly from central government. 

Daran Bland, Executive Head, “This marks a really exciting time in the history of our two 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 C.I.T following careful consideration of the options available to us. It is our firm belief that working in partnership with colleagues at C.I.T will lead to further improved outcomes for pupils across our family of schools, both now and into the future.”

The Priory and The Garth Schools will now join the Multi Academy Trust: The Community Inclusive Trust (C.I.T.).

C.I.T. already manage two special schools in Grantham, Ambergate Sports College and Sandon School (both rated “Outstanding”), and also sponsor a mainstream Primary, Isaac Newton School.

Peter Bell, C.I.T. Chief Executive, added, “CIT and I are delighted to be formalising the long standing working relationship with Mr Bland and his staff, through the Garth and Priory 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.”

If you would like to find out more information about academies, please visit the DfE website at:

If you would like to find out more information about C.I.T., please email or visit their website

29/02/2016   PRIORY Community Action

Community Action at The Priory School

On behalf of Priory pupils Mrs Derrick wishes to thank parents for all the fantastic support they provide for young people around the world to have educational opportunities. Following on from the success of the classroom boxes for Malawi the pupils have decided this year they would like to continue their support for Mary’s Meals with a Porridge week and work with the Rotary team to equip schools that were destroyed by the devastating earthquake in Nepal.

It is this project that we would ask you to consider when pupils have out grown their uniforms, trainers and PE kit or decide to buy a new school bag, by sending them into school please. We have started by contributing exercise books and pens and thank Mrs Luckett for collecting this generous bounty.     

Key Stage 4 pupils wish to thank South Holland District Scouts for their support on the Bronze level Duke of Edinburgh Award and Wynfleet Trust for their generosity in providing the registration fee for over 22 pupils, equipment and training necessary for this to happen.  They are looking forward to a visit to Go Outdoors who also provides DofE participants with discount equipment to buy rucksacks and cookers.


14/12/2015   GARTH Christmas Tree Festival

Pupils delightfully decorated a tree as part of the Christmas Tree Festival at Broad Street Methodist Church.

Christmas Tree decorated by Garth Pupils 2015



01/12/2015   PRIORY Santa Cross Country

PRIORY Santa Cross Country

On Thursday 17th December we will once again be holding our Santa Run. :ast year all pupils and staff ran, or walked, the cross coutnry course. It would be great if as many as possible could dress as Santa, or even just wear an appropriate hat to add to the atmosphere; a change of footwear would be advisable for taking part in this. Lots of staff will be on hand to lend assistance.

01/12/2015   PRIORY Anti Bullying Week

PRIORY Anti Bullying Week

Anti Bullying Week at The Priory School was a great success. Mr Flatt and Mr Wycherley led special assemblies, on Thursday afternoon there was an enrichment afternoon where all year groups mixed. Each group created their own hand which represented their place within the school. Each hand had something different written on it and was stuck onto The Priory School Tree.  This has been left on display in the school hall. Lots of puils entered the Anti Bullying week poster competition. The two winners of the poster competition wre Michael Hallam and Jonty Abraham. These two will be treated to a lunchtime meal at McDonald's with Mr Wycherley. 

01/12/2015   PRIORY Reminder of Severe Weather

PRIORY Severe Weather Reminder

The school would only close due to severe weather  if it was felt that not enough staff were able to get in to safely look after pupils or should on site safety be seriously affected by snow.

As a special school we also have a few other factors to consider, primarily the fact that many pupils live a considerable distance from the school and driving conditions can vary greatly across the county during severe weather. Please also be aware that transport providers may decide not to make a run if they feel as though the weather conditions present an unreasonable safety concern, despite the school remaining open.

If we do have to close the school there are a number of ways you will be informed of this. They are...

  • By text message: If you have provided us with a mobile telephone number we will send you a text using the Text Around Service. If you have changed numbers recently please inform the school office.
  • By listening to the radio: We will contact Lincs FM 102.2 and BBC Radio Lincolnshire 94.9 and 104.7 FM.
  • By looking on our school website.
  • By telephoning the school: Press Option 2 for school closure information.


01/12/2015   PRIORY Christmas Cards

PRIORY Christmas Cards

The Priory School Christmas Card Post Box will be in operation from Monday 7th December. Pupils, parents and staff can use the post box to send cards to pupils and staff. Please make sure each envelope is clearly labelled with the name and class (if known) of each person you wish to send a card to.

01/12/2015   PRIORY Lincolnshire Skills Show

PRIORY Lincolnshire Skills Show

On Wednesday 18th November all year 10 and 11 pupils attended the annual Lincolnshire Skills show. For a second year the event was hosted at Butlins Skegness. The skills show has continued to grow and grow and this year was the biggest one yet. Pupils at The Priory School had the chance to meet and talk with education providers and business throughout Lincolnshire. Pupils had a great day and many found the activities and stalls very interesting. All pupils came back to school recognising how much they had learnt.

01/12/2015   PRIORY School Christmas Dinner

PRIORY Christmas Dinner

On Wednesday 16th December we welcome some of the people who have been helping us in school and out of school, to join us in our festivities. The whole school and visitors eat together in the hall and a smashing Christmas lunch is provided for all at no cost to pupils. We do appreciate that this is a challenge for some pupils, who prefer to stick to what they know and like; if this is the case for your child, please ensure you inform school using the slip attached to the recent newsletter.

01/12/2015   PRIORY Pantomine at South Holland Centre

Pantomine at South Holland Centre

On Monday 14th December a whole school event in the form of a visit to see Peter Pan will be taking place. The cost of this trip is £7.50, if you havent reserved a seat for your child yet, please send the reply slip back as soon as possible. If it has gone missing, please ask for a replacement.

01/12/2015   PRIORY Super End of Term Christmas Play & Raffle

Priory Christmas Play & Raffle

In the afternoon of Thursday 17th December there will be a Christmas themed performance, featuring members of Y9 and some of Y7 in the school hall, starting at 1:30 to which everyone is invited. At the end of this we will be drawing the Christmas Raffle -  you have to be in to win it so tickets may be purchased from the School Office at £1 a strip.

Mrs Richardson would still like to receive lots more prizes that she can put into sumptuous hampers - toiletries, toys, food, puzzles, chocolate and alcohol will all be gratefully received.

01/12/2015   PRIORY School Achievers

PRIORY School Achievers

In November we held our annual Awards and Parents Evening. It was great to see so many of you there. We hope you enjoyed welcoming back last year's leavers and recognising their exam achievements. We also said a big well done to those pupils who received one of the Special Awards given out each year. These awards, listed below, recognise the effort and enthusiasm shown and are not awarded just for being the best. We were also very proud to recognise pupils who achieved 100% attendance last academic year.

OWEN CUP (All round effort and achievement KS3) -  Ryan King

GRIGOR CUP (All round effort and achievement KS4) - Simon Marshall

HARRY PEARCE TROPHY (Perseverance) - Sasha Taylor

BABS RAE TROPHY for PE (Boys Enthusiasm and effort in PE) - Ryan Cox

BABS RAE TROPHY for PE (Girls Enthusiasm and effort in PE) - Mollie Carroll

BILL HOBSON MEMORIAL TROPHY (Enthusiasm and effort in French) - Stevie Fletcher

MORBROOK AWARD FOR ART (Enthusiasm and effort in art) - Cameron Bates

McNAMARA COURTESY CUP (Good manners and concern for others) - Jensen Kendall

WORK EXPERIENCE TROPHY (Enthusiasm and effort in work experience) -  Callum Bulman

ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD (Enthusiasm and effort in the environment) - Tyler Roberts

SIMMS ENGLISH AWARD KS3 (Enthusiasm and effort in literacy) - Connor Chipchase

SIMMS ENGLISH AWARD KS4 (Enthusiasm and effort in literacy) -  Daniel Sutton

HORTICULTURE AWARD (Enthusiasm and effort in horticulture) -  Nathan Murphy

ARCHERY (Enthusiasm and effort in Archery) - Jake Rowlands

SCIENCE (Enthusiasm and effort in Science) - William Flynn

CREATIVE & EXPRESSIVE ARTS (Enthusiasm and effort in Art) - Charlie Kirk


  • Stacey Bell
  • Frederick Dossett
  • Ben Holmes
  • Jordon Lambert
  • Niamh Ledger
  • Jake Sands
  • Luke Van Heerden
  • Josh Crowley
  • Harvey Hamilton
  • Jason Lambert
  • Jake Leadbeater
  • Elliot O'Hara
  • Brendan Sykes



01/12/2015   PRIORY Library News

PRIORY Library News

At The Priory School we have always encouraged our students to read and tried to encourage a love of books. I have tried to continue this ethos in the school library by getting the students excited about using the facilities. I have prepated competition and helped organise events such as World Book Day and the Readathon. I have also re arranged the library so it is more inviting. I have arranged fiction books into genres and reading ability so students can find the books they enjoy more easily. I have also begun re arranging the non fiction texts to make them more accessible.

Students are always encouraged to enter a range of competitions and help with displays by creating posters, writing reviews and discussing their favourite books. I hope to create an excitement around books thorugh my work in the library and am open to any suggestions that students or parents may have.     Natalie Flatters

30/11/2015   GARTH Christmas Book Week

 GARTH Christmas Book Week

On the week beginning Monday 30th November, we will be holding a Christmas Book Week in school. The main reason for this is to introduce the season and festivities of Christmas in a thematic and exciting way, whilst prompting the love and passion of books; text, illustrations, communication and reading.

The pupils will be working in their usual class groups and Literacy and Numeracy Groups. The entire week of lessons will be centred on Christmas texts, both fiction and non-fiction.

We hope the pupils will enjoy the week!

30/11/2015   PRIORY Y8 Trip to Gressenhall Farm

PRIORY Y8 Trip to Gressenhall Farm

Last Friday  Year 8 students took part in a school trip to Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse in Norfolk. Students and staff had a fantastic time at the Workhouse, sampling traditional Workhouse food and participating in a Victorian school lesson.




24/11/2015   PRIORY Y10 Independent Living Team Trip to Laser Storm

Y10 Independent Living Option Trip to Laser Storm

Last Monday students in the Independent Living Option organised a trip to Laser Storm in Spalding. Pupils used the Internet and made phone calls to find out key information about the venue, then they used the information to plan the trip. Pupils and staff had a fantastic time and were lucky enough to to be given a free game from Laser Storm!  Unfortunately for the pupils, the staff won both matches!

18/11/2015   PRIORY Key Stage 3 Halloween Disco

Halloween Disco

The Priory held a spooktacular Halloween disco on the last day of term which had everyone screaming with delight. Staff and pupils alike dressed in a cavalcade of costumes that ranged from the scary to the silly. There were plenty of fun games around the hall to play such as apple bobbing, colouring competitions and much more! There was also a competition to write a Halloween themed story which was won by Joe White. Mr Allen provided an awesome disco complete with lights and music. It was great to see things that normally go bump in the night bopping on the dance floor! There was also a costume competition which was difficult to judge because of the great costumes, but in the end Charlie Mansfield was the top scarer! Mr Holmes was disqualified because his werewolf costume just turned out to be his really big beard.

A big thank you to the school council who helped to organise this event and to Mrs Derick for keeping us all in line, it was not an easy job. Thanks to everyone who attended and made it such a great disco, see you all at Christmas!                                                                             Report by Nathaniel Reynolds

18/11/2015   PRIORY Awards and Parents Evening 7.00-9.00pm

Please come and join us for the Annual Awards Evening when we celebrate our pupils' success.  Teaching staff will be available to discuss pupil progress following the giving of Awards.  Buffet refreshments will be provided by Mrs Needham and her team.

17/11/2015   PRIORY Annual Reviews and EHC Transfers - Year 11!

Annual Reviews and Education Health Care Plan Transfers - Year 11

Annual Reviews are a very important time in The Priory School Calender. Year 11 Reviews are scheduled for 30th November, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th December to which parents and carers should have received an invite to. This years meetings will be the start of the process of transferring to EHC Plans.

Two weeks prior to your Child's review you will receive your child's report and parent and pupil response forms. It is always helpful when these have been completed. Annual Reviews for pupils from Year 9 onwards are combined with the Child's transition plan review. This part of the review focuses on the plans that need to be made to ensure every pupil is supported to make good decisions about what to do when they leave school.

17/11/2015   PRIORY Anti Bullying Week Poster Competition

 Anti- Bullying Week Poster Competition

To prepare for Anti- Bullying week all pupils are invited to enter a special competition to design a poster promoting the theme of stopping bullying altogether!

Completed designs need to be handed to the Head Teacher by Friday 21st November.

Three entries will be selected to be printed and displayed around school. All pupils who submit an entry will receive a small prize and the three winners will be taken to MacDonald's by Mr Wycherley.

17/11/2015   PRIORY Cold Weather Wear

Cold Weather Wear

As the weather is starting to get colder please can you make sure that your child bring suitbale outdoor clothing with them to school. We try our best to get pupils outside for fresh air during break time even if its wet.

13/11/2015   THE PRIORY Wins The Lincolnshire Free Press/Spalding Guardian Environmental Award


The Priory School are pleased to announce that we have won The Lincolnshire Free Press/Spalding Guardian Environmental Award!!

Judges were blown away with the range of opportunities the school has developed for pupils to engage in environmental study and contribute to environmental issues.

Mr Bland would like to thank everyone who has contributed over the years to the school’s environmental provision and curriculum. It is something that has grown and grown and has enabled 100’s of pupils to both learn and contribute.

13/11/2015   THE GARTH Wins Lincolnshire Free Press/Spalding Guardian School of The Year (Primary) Award


The Garth School are pleased to announce that we have won The Lincolnshire Free Press/Spalding Guardian School of the Year (Primary) Award!!


06/10/2015   PRIORY Choir

Priory Choir

Pupils who are in the choir were invited to perform at a 'Spotlight Variety Night' to help raise money for a special school in Uganda. They did us proud, confidently performing 'Rather Be' and 'Roar'. It was amazing to see!

06/10/2015   PRIORY Parent/Carer Group

Parent/Carer Group

Amanda Barber, the school's Family Support Co-ordinator and Learning Mentor, held the first of monthly Parent/Carer group meetings on Friday 2nd October. The sessions are informal with coffee and cakes. Amanda often invites other professionals or agencies who can provide useful information on services and support. Perhaps more importantly the sessions provide a chance for parents and carers to get together and share experiences. These sessions will take place on the first Friday of every month, term time only. The next meeting will be on the 6-11-15 and there will be a guest speaker.

02/10/2015   PRIORY Roald Dahl Day!

Roald Dahl Day

On Friday 25th September students and staff at the priory school took part in the Dahlicious Dress Up Day. This was to raise money for Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity. Many students took part dressing up as their favourite Roald Dahl characters or in yellow (Roald Dahls favourite colour). Students took part in Roald Dahl activities throughout the day and a prize was awarded to the best dressed students.








01/10/2015   PRIORY Independent Living Group

Independent Living Team Trip

As part of the Independent Living programme, Year 10 students visited Sainsbury’s Café on Monday 28th September. The trip provided pupils with an opportunity to use and enhance their communication skills within a new environment, a perfect start to a Monday morning for students and staff alike!


04/09/2015   SSSF Academy Conversion

Academy Conversion

"The Governing Body of The Spalding Special Schools Federation has applied for bothThe Garth and The Priory Schools to become academies under the Academies Act 2010 and is proposing to join The Community Inclusive Trust (CIT). Further information about what becoming an academy means, and how to comment on the
proposals, is set out in The Academy Conversion letter to be found in the 'Letters Sent Home' Tab under News
 of this website.”

20/07/2015   Year 7 Activity Days

Year 7 Activity Days

7C Activity Days began with a visit to Hammerton Zoo which included sightings of tigers, camels, meerkats and much more. Next day, a pond dipping expedition to Ferry Meadows hunting for mini beasts living in the pond, a game of creature bingo and amazing facts shared by the parks education team was enjoyed by all.

7F visisted Hunstanton Sea Life Centre and enjoyed an afternoon swimming at Boune Pool after a walk through the woods. All Year 7 Pupils had the opportunity to experience a sleepover at school and visit the chip shop for tea.




20/07/2015   PRIORY Year 8 Activity Days

Year 8 Activity Days

On Monday Year 8 played Laser Storm. We were split into two teams and competed against each other to get the highest score - we won one game each. We also played bowling.

On Tuesday we went to Twinlakes and all enjoyed various rides and looking at the animals. We enjoyed a picnic lunch which involved various ducks and birds trying to take our food.

20/07/2015   PRIORY Year 10 Activity Days

Year 10 Activity Days

Year 10 went to Hunstatnon for Fish & Chips, The Seal Sanctury at Skegness and wall climbing and toboganning at Tallingoton Lakes. We also enjoyed a game of bowling followed by a BBQ. The pupils were very well behaved and all had a fantastic time, the weather was great too!


13/07/2015   The Priory School Win Spalding in Bloom Competition

The Priory School are winners of The Spalding in Bloom Competition


The Priory School were joint winners with Pode Hole WI in the Spalding in Bloom Canvas Competition. Thank you to everyone who gave their time, energy and talent to making our entry an amazing work of art!

If you get an opportunity please take a look at the fb page of Tulip Radio, where they have more information about the Pride of South Holland Awards held on Saturday.  There should be opportunity throughout the coming year to see the canvasses on display in and around Spalding.

 Certificate of Spalding in Bloom Winners

10/07/2015   GARTH School Meals

      School Meals Price Increase

We offer school meals at a very competitive price. Unfortunately the gap between what it costs us to provide the meals and the income we receive has grown to a point where we have no alternative but to increase the daily charge.

With effect from the 3rd September 2015 the cost of a meal will rise to £2.50 which is an increase of 20p, (£12.50) per week. I hope you will agree that this still represents very good value for money.

06/07/2015   PRIORY Pupils have arrived safely in France

  Y8 Trip To France Has Arrived Safely

Please be aware that the pupils travelling on the Y8 trip to France have arrived safely. Should we receive any more updates we will keep you informed.

26/05/2015   SSSF Prom 2015

                                       SSSF Prom 2015

Last night year 10 and 11 pupils from The Garth School and Priory School enjoyed a Hawaiian themed party to celebrate their school prom.

Photos from the evening will be available next week to be viewed in the 'Gallery' of our website. 

18/05/2015   PRIORY Personal Property

Personal Property

Please ensure that your child does not come in to school with unnecessary personal property. Pupils may bring iPods and computer games to use on transport but these must be handed into the school office at the start of the school day and collected at the end of the day before boarding transport.

15/05/2015   PRIORY Interventions


Mr Foreman, who has worked at the Priory for two years, has recently started to deliver many of our interventions groups. These interventions are mainly for Literacy and Numeracy.  During this term he has been working with a group of year 9 students three times a week, focusing on numeracy.  During these sessions the pupils have had the chance to revisit aspects they have found difficult during lessons in different ways.  Progress for this group will be closely monitored. 

Mr Foreman also works with a group to support their reading development, this focuses on areas that have been identified through our pupil progress tracking.  It includes things like inference and deduction skills. 

Should your child be identified as needing extra subject intervention you will be contacted by Mrs Carter our Intervention Coordinator.

15/05/2015   PRIORY Sports Leaders Teach Pupils at St Johns Primary School

Sports Leaders Teach Pupils At St Johns Primary School

Year 10 and 11 Sports Leaders organised a Multi - Skills festival for 30 year 3 children at St Johns Primary School in Spalding. It was extremely successful and they have been invited back to deliver more afternoons of sport.

15/05/2015   PRIORY Reward Scheme

Positive Reward Scheme At The Priory School

In the modern day world, it is often difficult to motivate children to get a good education and to enjoy a challenge, however, at The Priory School we have always thrived on pushing our pupils to do their best.

Since September 2014, as a school we moved in a different direction with our positive reward scheme. What we mean by this is that we improved the way in which we motivate and challenge our children to want to do well in school through outstanding work and behaviour.

 To do this, we offer ‘well done points’ throughout the school day. This is exactly the same concept as the ‘well done slip’ we used to have however it is now recorded electronically on a database. These points are given out by members of staff to the children they feel have behaved well and have given a little extra effort on that occasion.

Once the pupils have reached 20 points, they receive a certificate in assembly and have earned themselves £1 in credit. The pupils can choose to spend their credit on something from our prize cabinet or they can choose to save their credit to save up for something bigger. The cabinet consists of little prizes like Rubix Cubes, Bendy Toys, and Pencil Cases etc... The school also has an amazon account set up that has been used regularly for children wanting prizes from the internet.

 Pupils, who earn over 20 points in one term, have their picture put up on our ‘Well Done Points Star’ in the hall for everyone to see. This scheme has introduced an element of competition too as there are league tables put up in the hall for the highest scoring year group. We also offer local trips out on occasion for pupils we feel have excelled/improved with their behaviour and attitude. Very recently a group of pupils were taken to Laser Storm in Spalding and had an amazing time.

Not only does this new direction of reward entice our children to succeed, it also gives them the power and responsibility to work towards what they want. We feel this is a more grown up approach and a great tool to take forward into adolescence.   

 Mr Wycherley

15/05/2015   The Spalding Special School Facebook Group

The Spalding Special School Facebook Group

The Spalding Special School Federation Facebook Group is in full swing and at present we have 41 parents or carers checking for up to date information about the school and celebrating pupil’s successes. Below I have attached some of the highlights. If you have not yet returned your letter it is not too late to join the page. Remember there are two letters: the first is consent to say your child is allowed to be featured on the page, the second is an acceptable agreement and once signed you can gain access to the group yourself. If you need new letters please contact the school office. If you have returned your letter and not requested access to the group please search The Spalding Special School Federation in the top bar.

Remember the Facebook page is closed and only parents and carers on the group can see the information.

15/05/2015   PRIORY Flower Parade, Caravan Weekend

Flower Parade, Caravan Weekend

The Priory School once again became a caravan site during the May Bank Holiday Weekend. All the staff worked very hard during the weekend to ensure our guests had a wonderful time. The caravanners, long standing visitors and new, were very effusive in their praise and thanks to the staff for all their hard work  and I would like to add my thanks to all the people - staff, chair of governors and friends - who came to donate thier help over the weekend. Just over £4,000 went into School Fund to help support trips, visits and the rewards programme.  Mrs Isaac

01/05/2015   PRIORY Tulip Weekend


Friday 1st May is a Training Day at The Priory School so school will be closed on that day. Please do not send your child to school! Monday 4th is a Bank Holiday Monday so we look forward to welcoming all pupils back to school on Tuesday 5th May!

30/04/2015   PRIORY Visit To Tuby's Fair

Visit To Tuby's Fair

On the 30th April, Year 7 and 8 pupils were very fortunate to be invited by the Spalding Lions to visit Tuby's Fair. The students all had a wonderful time, going on many exhilarating rides and eating lots of Candyfloss. It was fantastic to see our Sports leaders working alongside staff to ensure all pupils were safe and had fun.

21/04/2015   PRIORY Readathon


At The Priory School we encourage lots of reading and would like to say a big thank you to those pupils, supported by home, who took part in the Readathon at the end of last term. Together they managed to raise £85.50 which will go towards supporting the work of four children's charities - Readwell, CLIC Sargent, Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity and Together for Short Lives.

15/04/2015   PRIORY Positively Mad Day

Positively Mad Day

Pupils in Year 10 and 11 in the Level 1/2/GCSE Maths and English groups, enjoyed a great day taking part in revision workshops led by the Postively Mad Company. They were joined by pupils from the Marshfields School in Peterborough for the morning.

Pupils were a credit o themselves and the school. Without exception were enthusiastic about their learning, were engaged in the activities and worked very hard throughout the day. It was a thoroughly enjoyable and worthwhile day.

15/04/2015   GARTH Strawberries Class Trip to Horse Riding!

  Strawberries Class Trip to Horse Riding

Pupils of Strawberries class enjoyed a trip Horse Riding!! Strawberries class will attend Horse Riding every week this term.

Strawberries Class Horse Riding


13/04/2015   SSSF Facebook Page

The Spalding Special School Federation Facebook Page

The SSSF has recently launched a Facebook Page, with our aim to create a new home school contact platform and an area where we can celebrate and share our pupil's successes.  The Facebook page will be a private group and is for only parents and carers of pupils at SSSF and therefore only people who submit a request can see the content posted on the page.

Any parent/carer wishing to become a member of the group will also have to agree to the acceptable use agreement. Any parent/carer who has completed this agreement can follow the link provided below to access the page. 

24/03/2015   PRIORY Hindu Experience Day

Hindu Experience Day

Year 8 welcomed Sunita to school and participated in an exciting day of discovery about Hinduism and India. Altjhough pupils ended up very messy (apologies for any problems with dirty t-shirts) they all had an amazing day. Congratulations to Y8 for excellent behaviour, attitude and willingness to have a go.

19/03/2015   PRIORY Hair Raising Science

Hair Raising Science

British Science Week was celebrated in school with a visit from Mad Science Workshops. Pupils throughout the school took part in practical activities learning about Forces from helicopters, balancing pizza and parrots, also bouncing energy springs.


13/03/2015   Knitting Tulips for South Holland in Bloom Display

As part of South Holland in Bloom, Tulip Radio are inviting groups to create an artwork of knitted tulips.  We would like to fill our allotted canvas with tulips and would be grateful for the help of all knitters associated with school.  If you would like a pattern please ring the school office.

The deadline for tulips is the end of May but we would, of course, be delighted to receive your beautiful creations as soon as they're ready.

11/03/2015   SSSF Parent/Carer Support Group Meetings

 There will be no Parent/Carer support group meetings in April or May (Due to the Easter Holiday and a Staff Training Day).

The next support group will meet on Friday 5th June at The Priory School 10am – 12noon.

Our guest speaker for this meeting will be a member of staff from Carers Connect, who are known to quite a few of our group members, and have offered lots of support, both in the past and more recently.


06/03/2015   SSSF support for John Fielding School

The Governing Body of the Spalding Special Schools Federation have agreed that we will provide John Fielding Special School, in Boston, with leadership and management support throughout the summer term.  Both John Fielding School and the Local Authority contacted the federation when it became clear that the school would not have a head teacher for the summer term.

A combination of senior staff will be providing acting headship during this time.  This is an exciting opportunity and clearly demonstrates the strength of the federation at this time and its capacity to provide support to other similar schools.

05/03/2015   PRIORY Project-X 2015

Year 10 were challenged by our RAF visitor to design a vehicle which could navigate a zip wire and deliver two packages.  Working within a given set of criteria, pupils worked in teams to provide solutions to the challenge and create their plane.  Lots of hard work and fun ensued, packages were delivered safely and the RAF are looking forward to coming again!

05/03/2015   PRIORY World Book Day

All pupils took part inThe Big Fat Literacy Quiz.  Teams of pupils answered questions about books and worked collaboratively on a piece of short story writing.   All of the pupils worked hard, enjoyed the activities and displayed great team working skills.  There was a great atmosphere in the room!

We held a special assembly where all pupils and staff members joined in a 10 minute quiet reading activity as part of the read-a-thon fundraising.  During the assembly we also got to look at pupil’s costumes and decide who was the best dressed.  Well done to Reece Taylor (dressed as an Oompa Loompa) and Niamh Ledger (dressed from How to Train a Dragon).  Miss Sinclair was crowned best dressed teacher for her costume of Maleficent.

03/03/2015   SSSF Website Goes Live!

The new website for the Spalding Special Schools Federation has now gone live. The web address remains the same: I hope you find it easy to use and full of useful information. The site is designed so that parents and pupils of either school can find out more about what is going on in either the Priory or Garth Schools.

The website will be used to provide links to a variety of other important areas, such as school uniform puchase, diary dates, e-safety information, curriculum information and news about pupil activities.

Over the course of the next few weeks we will be loading more content for both school. If for any reason you can't find what you are looking for on the new site, please feel free to contact the office in either school.

02/03/2015   PRIORY Pro Kick Challenge

All pupils participated in the Pro Kick Charity Football Challenge.  Pupils have been busy raising sponsorship for children in Malawi and for the school.  It was a great day with support and participation from all. 

Pupils worked with ex professional footballer Tony Battersby and were taught how to kick a ball as hard as possible.  The speed of each shot was electronically recorded.  The pupils with the hardest shots were: Yr 7 - Reece Sammon / Elysia Lowe; Yr 8 - Harvey Ward/Harvey Hamilton / Sarah Alice Smith; Yr 9 - Hikmet Maez / Stevie Fletcher; Yr 10 Ryan Cox / Alice Amess; Yr 11 - Callum Bulman / Olivia Tebbs.

25/02/2015   GARTH and F.O.G.S Fundraising

F.O.G.S have been hard at work raising money for the benefit of pupils at The Garth. A sponsored head shave took place in which Jo Doughty and Aaron Bloodworth underwent the sheep shearing style challenge! Both F.O.G.S and the school are looking to raise money over the next few months towards the development and extension of outside learning spaces for pupils in the lower school.

24/02/2015   PRIORY Sports Leaders Visit to National Ice Arena

Sports Leaders at National Ice Arena

Year 10 and 11 Sports Leaders visited the National Ice Arena to watch International Speed Skating. Thirteen countries were represented including New Zealand Sweden and Spain. Great Britain won the overall event. A great day was had by all. Students were wonderfully behaved and saw some exciting speed skating action up close.

23/02/2015   PRIORY Cross Country Challenge

Several pupils from Ambergate Special School in Grantham came to the Priory to compete in an inter school Cross country event. Lots of Priory School pupils took part, running either one or two miles depending upon their age. A close run event saw an Ambergate runner winning both races, but Priory School won the overall competition. Well done to all participants.

23/02/2015   PRIORY Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year symbol On Monday 23rd February pupils enjoyed a Chinese meal, with chop
sticks, to celebrate Chinese New Year…the year of the goat (or sheep

06/02/2015   PRIORY Unicef Day for Change

Unicef Day for Change is a chance for our school to learn about what life is like for children around the world. We hope it inspires our students to take action. Over 1,800 schools took part last year.

In 2015, Day for Change focusses on the lives of children in Guyana. Mrs Isaacs has already sent home a letter outlining what pupils can do to support this cause and find out more about the lives of children in Guyana. Friday 6th February will be a non-school uniform day in return for a minimum donation on £1.

03/02/2015   PRIORY Road Safety Education

Class 8F are currently working with Denice Middlebrook from Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership on Friday mornings.  The aim is to increase awareness about hazards on the roads for our young people. Pupils will look at safety for pedestrians, passengers in vehicles and cyclists.  The pupils have already looked at the vehicle collision statistics for the area they live and considered reasons why collisions happen.  They have conducted a traffic survey near the A16 to look at types of vehicle on the roads and speed of vehicle. They have also watched a video to identify potential hazards for pedestrians. The pupils will experience different types of road crossings and learn how to use these effectively.  They will be advised how to cross a road safely where no designated crossing place exists.  So far the pupils are thoroughly enjoying their experiences and learning important life skills at the same time.  Mrs Freeman (Class Teacher)

11/12/2014   The Garth Annual Carol Service

The Garth Annual Carol Service

Pupils and staff all enjoyed our Annual Carol Service which took place at Broad Street Church. Thank you to all parents who offered to support us walking to and from the church.  

10/12/2014   The Garth School raise money for the Ebola Crisis

The Garth School Raise £67.70 for the Ebola Crisis

The staff at The Garth School enjoyed performing a special perfomance of 'Heel The World' in order to raise money for the Ebola Crisis in West Africa! As a result of your generosity a total of £67.70 was raised!

05/11/2014   End of Term Halloween Ball

Key Stage 3 End Of Term Halloween Ball

One of our pupils suggested that it would be a nice idea to end the term with a treat for all of those pupils who have behaved well and worked hard. Mr Bland agreed with them, and an end of term Halloween Ball was arranged for pupils and staff! Well done to all of those that dressed up for the event....including some of our staff!

    Picture of Mrs Isaacs and Mrs Godfrey with Stevie Fletcher                                                                                                                 

 Picture of Pupils at Halloween Ball

21:04:15   PRIORY Cross Country Event

Cross Country Event

We were invited to attend the Lincolnshire Special School X Country Championships, held at Taverham Hall Norwich. We had a fantastic day with all our pupils challenging themselves. I was proud of everyone who took part. George Stubbs is now the Lincolnshire Champion finishing in 1st place. Stevie Fletcher came in 4th place and Alice Amess in 5th Place. Our under 16 oys won the team trophy. A great all round team effort.