Education

A Year 9 student at Cleethorpes Academy has tested positive for coronavirus, resulting in 28 pupils now self-isolating as a precaution.

Principal Mrs Janice Hornby sent a letter to parents/carers on Thursday, May 6 and said the school is continuing to monitor the situation and is working closely with Public Health England.

The students who are self-isolating will continue remote learning at home for 10 days.

The school remains open to other students who should continue to attend if they remain well.

Janice Hornby, Cleethorpes Academy Principal, said: “We want to reassure parents that we have followed advice from Public Health England and the DfE in responding to this matter immediately.

“My senior and pastoral leaders work quickly to identify all close contacts and telephone every family to explain the requirement to self-isolate. Students are isolated in school until we contact the family.

“All students who are required to isolate will return to remote learning until we can welcome them back into school.

“We have continued to follow national public health guidance around preventing the spread of coronavirus in school. Social distancing, frequent hand washing, wearing of face coverings and regular cleaning is being rigorously practised right across the Academy, and we have robust risk assessment processes in place.

“I urge all staff and students to remain vigilant at all times and to continue to follow the guidelines to ensure that we can keep each other as safe as possible. We wish our student a very speedy recovery.”

Cleethorpes Academy is currently the only school within the Tollbar Multi Academy Trust with a case of coronavirus.

The £21 million Lincoln Medical School is coming to the end of construction and is ready to welcome university students in the city.

The five-storey purpose-built facility will offer laboratories, lecture theatres, study areas and even clinical skills and anatomy suites for thousands of University of Lincoln students each year.

As well as this, mock consultation rooms that simulate hospital wards will be inside the medical school to help students gain experience in their chosen field.

Medical equipment will be installed in the lab spaces. | Photo: Shradha Mishra

It will be the most environmentally friendly building on the Brayford Pool campus of the university, with photovoltaic panels covering the roof and walls to provide zero carbon electricity.


Take a sneak peek inside the Lincoln Medical School here.


A timelapse video uploaded by the university shows the progression of the building’s construction, from the first moments to the final cinematic shots of the exterior being finished.

15 types of plant growing on the living wall, which increases biodiversity and reduces air pollution. | Photo: Shradha Mishra

Lincoln Medical School’s steel frame was completed in May 2020, and equipment is being moved into the building ahead of its opening.

The facility is already fully operational and being used for teaching, but more and more equipment is still being brought in for use.

The project has been part-funded by Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

The entrance at the new Lincoln Medical School. | Photo: Shradha Mishra

Prof Danny McLaughlin, Dean of Medicine, said: “Creating a medical school for Lincolnshire has been an aspiration for many years and we are now realising that goal.

“It’s something the whole community can be proud of, and which will serve the people of Lincolnshire for generations to come.”

Lincoln Drill Hall will reopen this year after being taken over by Lincoln College Group — starting with a panto ahead of the festive period.

The arts venue was faced with permanent closure last year when City of Lincoln Council leaders confirmed that the annual grant given to the venue would not be renewed.

It was heavily reliant on council grants to keep running, that meant that all staff were made redundant in October 2020.

Lincoln Drill Hall is being brought back to life. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Now, the historic arts venue on Free School Lane, built in 1890, has been revived after a successful takeover bid from Lincoln College Group.

It will remain closed for now, but a reopening has been planned for autumn this year by LCG, who hope to use the space to give students hands-on experience in their chosen career path, as well as restarting productions and live events.

Responsibility for the Drill Hall will be transferred from the Lincoln Arts Trust to Lincoln College Group, and the college have pledged to maintain the Drill Hall’s cultural importance in the city.

Lincoln College Group MD James Foster said he is looking forward to an “exciting” future for the Drill Hall. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

LCG Managing Director for International and Commercial, James Foster, told The Lincolnite that the Drill Hall’s return is an exciting one, and he is passionate about bringing productions back to the community.

Phil Hamlyn Williams, chair of the Lincoln Arts Trust, called it a “bittersweet moment” in light of losing all Drill Hall staff to redundancies during the pandemic.

Despite the changes, the much-loved pantomime performance of Aladdin will go ahead this year as the first event back at the Drill Hall.

The show will run from Saturday, December 11 to Sunday, January 2, performing multiple shows most days.


Tickets for Jamie Marcus Productions’ performance of Aladdin at Lincoln Drill Hall are on sale now and can be bought here.


Jamie Marcus, Managing Director at Jamie Marcus Productions, said he cannot wait to welcome people back to the “dynamic” Drill Hall with his Aladdin production.

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