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Monday, 10 February, 2003, 15:57 GMT
Schools secure specialist status
Classroom
Schoold must raise 50,000 in sponsorship to qualify
Seven schools in Lincolnshire have today been given specialist status as part of a major shake-up of the education system.

Carre's Grammar in Sleaford, Cherry Willingham Community and Spalding High will become sports colleges.

Birbeck in North Somercotes will specialise in Arts, while Kesteven and Grantham Girls is to become a science college and Yarborough in Lincoln will major in business and enterprise.

Specialist schools are a government initiative to encourage higher standards in secondary education.

Significant step

Schools seeking to become specialists have to raise 50,000 in sponsorship and draw up a four-year development plan with performance targets.

If they succeed in winning specialist status they get a 100,000 capital grant and 123 per pupil per year.

The John Spendluffe school in Alford is to specialise in Technology and its head teacher Paul Kitson feels it is a very significant step for his school

He said: "Not only will the parents be pleased with this we are very pleased with the parents.

"The sort of support they have put into this school has meant that along with other sponsors we have been able to raise 50,000 and in a rural area like Alford that is certainly not an easy target to reach.

I'm sure they will all be absolutely delighted and the parents who supported us we just hold up our hands and say thank you very much."


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