Boston’s grammar schools make ‘fresh start’ as academies

Boston Grammar School head Paul Marsh and chair of governors Mark Wearden.

Boston Grammar School head Paul Marsh and chair of governors Mark Wearden.

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Boston’s two grammar schools promise that little will change as they both make the move to new academy status for the start of 2013.

Boston Grammar School and Boston High School will both retain their names and their status as selective institutions following the change, which came into force yesterday.

Heads at both the schools stressed that little will alter at the sites because of this move, which gives them more control over the way they are run.

Paul Marsh, headteacher at the Grammar School, said: “The students will not see any change at this stage. It’s the opportunity to run our business the way we want to.”

Head at the High School, Dr Jason Howard, added: “We are already one of the most successful Lincolnshire grammar schools at GCSE with almost 80 per cent of entries last summer resulting in the award of an A*, A or B grade.

“Academy status will help us financially, and allow us to invest more in the development of our dedicated and expert teaching staff. “

It marks the separation of the two schools, which were federated several years ago.

Mark Wearden, chair of governors for the Grammar School, said: “It wasn’t working as two combined schools.

“Boys are different from girls and the way we need to run the schools is different.

“It’s about bringing the schools back to where we want them to be.

“It’s a fresh start.”

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