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Welcome to our Spalding Special Schools Federation website


Across the Spalding Special Schools Federation we cater for pupils between the ages of 2 to 19 with wide ranging special educational needs. 

The Priory School effectively meets the needs of pupils aged 11 to 16, all of whom have moderate learning difficulties and many of whom have Autistic Spectrum Disorder and social communication difficulties.

The Garth School meets the needs of pupils aged between 2 and 19 and is well equipped to meet their complex, severe and profound learning difficulties. Both schools enjoy excellent facilities and provide high quality provision for pupils from the local area and further afield.

The Priory School and The Garth School became Academies on 1 March 2016. This means that both schools are now essentially independent schools that are funded directly from central government. The Priory and The Garth Schools will now join the Multi Academy Trust: The Community Inclusive Trust (C.I.T.).  For the full news article please follow this link: 

The over-riding aim of our federation is to provide 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, including the world of work, continuing education and independent living.  

We are very proud of The Spalding Special Schools Federation and are always pleased to welcome visitors. Whether you are a prospective parent and child, a colleague from another school or profession. or a member of the local community please telephone the school and we will be happy to show you around.

We hope that you can find all of the information you need in this website – if not, please do not hesitate to contact either The Priory School or The Garth School with your query where Administrative Staff and Heads of each site are available to talk to,details of which can be found on our Contact Us page. Thank you for showing an interest.  

Executive Head Teacher  

Daran Bland



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 the news page of our website. 


 A Message From The Chair Of Governors

We are a well established Governing Body, with collectively a great deal of experience. Many of us were Governors of either The Garth or The Priory School before the Schools Federated. We have a robust committee system, i.e.:  Management (staffing and finance); Curriculum and Premises. 

Each committee is chaired by a different Governor, thereby ensuring that each area of Federation management is examined in detail. Individual Governors also give a great deal of their time to Social Enterprise schemes and work involving national and local Quality Marks.  Governors also attend many social and educational events held at the schools.

We are proud of our students and the way in which they are supported by a very dedicated staff team to realise their potential. We have a very successful Federation which is always looking to move forward and relishing the challenges, both we as a Governing Body and government legislation present to it.

Janet Corcoran – Chair of Governors


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