New free school site for Boston revealed

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A free school will open up in Boston’s former Conway School from September – with plans to then move into a new building in the town from 2014.

Boston Pioneers will start accepting pupils from September and will take on the Tunnard Street site.

The idea then - subject to obtaining planning permission - is to move into a brand new building on the site of the former Ford garage in Fydell Crescent.

The Head of School will be Jo Bland, who will transfer from her current role as head of Fishtoft Primary School.

The school is part of the Phoenix family along with Fishtoft, Park and Gosberton school and will take on 60 pupils this summer.

It will eventually cater for 400 children.

As a free school it operates outside of council control, with more freedom over how it chooses to be run. Admissions will follow the same formula as any other local authority run school.

Denzil Shepheard, chair of governors, said: “Pioneers is not just another school for Boston town.

“It will use innovative practice, based on international research, to provide world-class learning for the children of Boston for many generations to come.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for parents of children who are due for admission into school in September 2013, to shape the future of this unique school and for their child to become a part of Boston’s history.”

For this year only, Pioneers will be operating a dual-application process which means that parents can apply directly to the school as well as through the normal county admissions process.

Parents who have already applied through the County Council for other schools can still make an application direct to Pioneers.

The school was the brainchild of Carol Clare, CEO of the Phoenix Family of Schools.

She said: “Our children and staff will be Pioneers of education fit for the 21st Century. As our school motto says, we want our children to ‘reach for the stars’; nothing less will do.”

To contact the school visit www.bostonfreeschool.co.uk or call 01205 357273.

For more on this story, and an interview with the new Head of School, see next week’s Boston Standard.