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Gleed Boys' School

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Established  1941
Type  Secondary Modern
Ofsted  Reports
Founded  1941
Local authority  Lincolnshire
Closed  2011
DfE URN  120641 Tables
Phone  +44 1775 722702
Ceased operations  2011
Staff  40
Location  Halmer Gardens Spalding Lincolnshire PE11 2EF England
Address  Halmer Gardens, Spalding PE11 2EF, UK
Motto  We believe we will achieve
Similar  Spalding Academy, Spalding Grammer School, Spalding High School (S, Spalding High School fo, The Priory School

Gleed Boys' School was a secondary school for boys aged 11 to 16, in Spalding, Lincolnshire, England.


The school has been merged with Gleed Girls' Technology College to form Sir John Gleed School, a co-educational secondary school with separate but conjoined campus buildings, one for boys and one for girls.


Sir John Wilson Gleed, M.A., J.P. (1865-1946) was Chairman of the Holland Education Committee and of Holland County Council. He was knighted for political and public service by King George VI on 13 June 1939. Two Spalding schools (one for boys, one for girls) were named after him.

The school was originally built as a hospital, but never opened as such, instead being partitioned to become two schools. It was opened on 28 April 1941 as Spalding The Gleed Senior Council School, and comprised boys' and girls departments which from 1946 were regarded as separate schools under the same management. From October 1946 to 1948 the two schools were known as Spalding Gleed Secondary Modern Schools. From October 1948 to at least 1974 they were again regarded as separate departments of the school, which was known as Spalding Gleed County Secondary School.

The two schools were then managed separately as Spalding Gleed Boys' School (known as Spalding Sir John Gleed Technology School prior to September 1999) and Spalding The Gleed Girls' CAL & Technology College (known as Spalding The Gleed Girls' School prior to September 2001).

The last headteacher, Geoff Cowley, ran a school of approximately 40 teachers plus support staff. There were 5 forms in each of years 7 to 11, with a total pupil body of 650. The school had qualified for specialist status and was a humanities college.

The County Council decided to close Gleed Boys' school from November 2011 and to reunite the two Gleed schools. This followed an earlier decision to close a nearby secondary school, St Guthlac's in Crowland.


Gleed Boys' School offered academic and vocational programmes for boys aged 11 to 16 years.

Key Stage 3 courses included English, Mathematics, Science, Art, Geography, History, Physical Education, Religious Education, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Design & Technology (D & T) courses (including Food Technology), French and PHSE (Personal Health and Social Education). Key stage 4 courses included GCSEs in English Language, English Literature, Mathematics and Statistics and Sciences.

The school curriculum also provided for Art, BTEC Science, Drama, Geology, Geography, History, Citizenship, Media Studies, Modern Languages, Music, Psychology, Religious Education, and Horticulture.


Football, PE, hockey, volleyball and games lessons used an astroturf pitch next to the school playing field. Rugby and cricket were played on the school playing field, which included a running track and long jump sand pit. Gymnastics were held in the gymnasium; the school also provided a fitness suite.

Spalding Hockey Club teams used the astroturf pitch for training.

Sixth Form

The school did not run its own sixth form courses, but after 2008 sent pupils to the nearby South Holland Post 16 Centre, managed by Gleed Girls' CAL & Technology College. This vocational sixth form currently takes pupils from the South Holland area and provides BTEC courses in Business, Retail, Travel and Tourism, Childcare, Health and social care, Performing arts and ICT.

Extra-curricular activities

The Science department organised activities including an after-school 'Science & Technology' club. A National Science & Engineering Week was themed 'King John's Jewels' and involved staff and pupils from the Spalding Parish and Pinchbeck East schools. The department entered teams in the 'Top of the Bench' (RSC) and IoP 'Extreme Physics' competitions held at Rugby school. Coach trips included visits to the Leicester-based 'UK National Space Centre' and 'The Deep' in Hull. The PE department organised sports activities, and inter-school events such as cross country, football, rugby and cricket. Other extra-activities included archery, wargaming and chess clubs, and those run by the Design Technology department.

Gleed Boys' School Council was involved with the provision of a new summer uniform and a school shop. The council was part of the South Holland Youth Council, on which the Gleed Boys' had one member.

Notable alumni

  • Geoff Capes, former World's Strongest Man.
  • David Hayden MC, first member of the RAF Regiment to get the Military Cross.
  • References

    Gleed Boys' School Wikipedia