Spalding Grammar School
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|Spalding Grammar School|
|Type||Voluntary aided grammar school|
|Headteacher||N S Ryan MA (Cantab)|
|Chair of Governors||Mr K Casswell|
|Founders||John Blanche and John Gamlyn|
|Specialisms||Languages and Engineering|
|LEA||Lincolnshire County Council|
|Ages||11 to 18|
|Houses||Bentley, Gamlyn, Hobson and Wykeham|
It was founded in 1588 by Royal Charter, applied for by the Revd Mr Johnson, and located within part of Spalding Parish Church, called St Thomas's Chapel, until the 19th century. It was founded on its current site in 1881.
Merger with Moulton Grammar School
A large sports hall was opened by boxer Henry Cooper in November 1993, and in January 2006 new buildings were opened for ICT, sociology, technology, English and drama (with a performing arts studio).The Modern Languages lab was also built at the same time as the new buildings were opened.In late 2009, a new business studies block was also built.
It also has a school magazine called The Bentleian; copies dating back to July 1922 are in the school library. Attempts to revive the magazine under the Bentleian name for the 2008-2009 school year are already under way, with Mrs Jean Biggadike as chief editor, Adan Sharpe and Rhiannon Baxendell as editors and a small group of students who are part of the Bentleian team. The first "new" issue was published on the 3rd November 2008. The next issue will be printed for the end of the summer term.
In years seven to eleven, only male pupils are admitted, but the sixth form accepts females as well. Spalding Grammar is a selective school, and its entrants in the lower school are permitted only by taking the county-wide 11+ tests.
The headteacher is Mr Nigel Ryan (MA Cantab) and the senior students are Anna Willis and James Orr.The current number of pupils stands at 919. The sixth form has 320 pupils (with 120 female). There are 68 teaching staff.
Accompanying the specialist status was building work to improve general aspects of the school, and to provide a Language Lab and Engineering Lab for the teaching of the subjects.
Through the Language Status the school has partnered with a High School in Wuxi, China. This new opportunity means the school will be offering both staff and pupils the chance to visit Wuxi on Teaching, Sport and Drama exchanges. Links will also be fostered using technology such as the Language Lab installed at the school, allowing students to be paired with Chinese students and speak to them in real time using VOIP communication in order to practice their respective languages. Mandarin has now been introduced to the curriculum.
Physical Education Department
The Physical Education Department at Spalding Grammar School prides inself on its commitment and dedication to extra curricular activities. To reward those students who have shown dedication and commitment to school sports, various sports tours have been arranged. Along with the regular Ski Trip which the school have recently been on a couple of football tours.
Detroit 2007:In May 2007, 18 boys from the school were accompanied by Mr Crane, Mr Endersbee and Mr Ripley to Dayton Ohio and Detroit Michigan to participate in a ten day tour which involved the team being put into the Warriors Classic Soccer Tournament in Dayton, Ohio. Some of the highlights included travelling for 24 hours, the range of vechiles used whilst over there and the great tache that Mr Ripley was sporting on his passport photo!!
Barcelona Tour 2007:Following the success of the Detroit tour, Spalding Grammar went to Barcelona with Mr Endersbee leading the trip. Other members of staff that went were Mr Crane, Mr Fletcher, Mr Ripley and Mr Skinner as well as 46 year 8 boys. The highlight of this tour was going to Barcelona FC stadium, the Nou Camp. The tour was so successful that it was repeated in October 2008
Amsterdam 2009Amsterdam became the latest city for the Spalding Grammar School Physical Education tours. This time, the tour is being fronted by Mr Crane whilst Mr Endersbee, Mr Ripley and Mr Venables are the other reliable staff accompanying the tour. The Tour hopes to stay at Bakkum near Castricum and visit the Anne Frank Museum and the Amsterdam Arena, home to the Ajax Football Club
The School has a rich musical heritage, and an active music department. The school has its own Brass Ensemble, Chamber Choir, Concert Band, Early Music Group, String Ensemble and Rhythm and Blues Band.
The dramatic arts
Spalding Grammar School has a long history of dramatic performances. From the annual Speech Day Revue (where Sixth Form Students perform a showcase of songs and sketches about life at Spalding Grammar School) to more recent productions, such as Honk!, A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Tempest.
The most recent production was William Shakespeare's The Tempest. The production was performed in the round which director and current Head of English, David Wheeler, believes allows a special relationship to develop between actor and audience. The script was condensed to around two thirds of its original length. This allowed modern songs to be added into the play, ranging from Genesis' 'I Can't Dance' to 'In The Navy' (originally by The Village People. The play was met overall positively and Spalding's local paper the Spalding Guardian gave the performance a strongly positive review .
The 2008 production was planned to be 'Candide', and be directed by Alan Dropkin however this has been canceled due to a long term medical condition with the director.
In November 2009 Shakespeare's 'Hamlet' will be directed by David Wheeler. Already four performances for primary schools are sold out - on November 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th, with evening performances commencing at 7.30 pm on November 12th, 13th and 14th. Rehearsals began in June and going well with Joe Harper apparently relishing the prospect of playing Shakespeare's most famous tragic hero. The production will not use the stage, but nor will it be 'in the round'; director David Wheeler said 'We want to keep the audience guessing about how exactly we will stage the play...but it has been very carefully planned.'
The current governors are as follows:
- Chair of Governors - Mr K Casswell
- Vice Chair - Mr K Bean
- Headteacher - Mr N S Ryan
- Parent Governors - Mrs K J Cartwright, Mr J F Constable, Dr A Stone, Mrs S Barton
- Staff Governors - Mrs C Lee, Mr D W Morris, Mr H Ripley
- County Council Governor - Mr P Przyszlak
- Foundation Governors - Mr R Baggaley, Rev. T Barker, Mr R G Massey, Mr B Chappell, Mr R Oldershaw, Mr K Smith, Dr M Townsend
The school is located in the south of Lincolnshire in the town of Spalding on Priory Road.  The school is obliged to accept pupils from the council district of South Holland - an area of 500 square miles - meaning some pupils travel over 20 miles to reach the school.
- Lorraine Skipworth - Previously a professional swimmer for Team GB. She won the Women's Gold medal in the National Swimming Contest in 2001.
- Edward Fordham - Lib Dem prospective parliamentary candidate for Hampstead and Kilburn
- Jack Hobbs - defender at Leicester City F.C.
- Maurice Johnson (antiquary) (c.1700-5)
- William Hobson Mills, organic chemist who investigated stereochemistry and found the Mills-Nixon effect
- Walter Plowright CMG (1934-41), vet who won the World Food Prize in 1999 for work developing a vaccine in cattle for Rinderpest, and Professor of Veterinary Microbiology at the Royal Veterinary College from 1971-8
- Sir J R Somers Vine CMG (1859-66), Private Secretary to the Lord Mayor of London from 1871-5 (previous to Sir William Soulsby)
- Stuart Storey (1954-61) - BBC sports commentator.
- Dave Tice (1962-4) - founder of Australia's first heavy metal band Buffalo, and lead singer 1969-77
- John Tippler (1940-1945) Director of Engineering & Network, BT UK Communications, 1980-1989, and IT Institute 1986-1988.
Moulton Grammar School
- Johnny Douglas (1895-7), captain of English Cricket Team from 1911-21
- Rt Rev Kenneth Healey, Bishop of Grimsby from 1958-66
- Richard Bentley - English theologian, classical scholar and critic - (Former Headmaster)
- Peter Millen - (Chemistry) LibDem candidate in 1997 for South Holland seat.
- Timothy Neve, churchman
- Spalding High School - mainly a school for girls, but accepts boys into the sixth form.
- ^ www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/news/Wanted-one-student-to-get.4514836.jp
- ^ http://www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/reviews/Rock-brings-Shakespeare-to-life.3487558.jp
- ^ School Website: Home Page
- ^ "School website-Directions". http://www.spaldinggrammar.lincs.sch.uk/school/directions.htm. Retrieved 2007-04-04.