School shocks

Friday - EDUCATION in Boston has been dealt two more blows with announcements another school and nursery are to close - and funding for others has been scrapped.

On Monday, the Government announced the Building Schools for the Future programme has been halted. As reported in March, Boston Grammar Schools Federation (BGSF) and Haven High were set to receive a slice of 70 million to redevelop their buildings.

The boys-only grammar school had previously planned to develop their Rowley Road site to incorporate the girls from Boston High School.

But a statement from Boston Grammar Schools Federation yesterday (Tuesday) explained 'the proposal for a single new build grammar school in Boston is now defunct'. It stated governors had already decided to keep the schools separate to 'ensure stability for the pupils and their parents in uncertain economic times'.

A further excerpt reads: "We believe it is vital we maintain two vibrant high-quality schools to ensure that our current pupils fulfil their potential, and parents can be assured of a sustainable future for grammar school education in the town."

Last month, education in the borough received a setback with news Toftstead Primary School in Amber Hill is to close.

Now Excell International School and Chatterbox Nursery in Boston, will close on July 16.

Neil and Yelena McCafferty, whose three-year-old son Edward attends the nursery, on Tunnard Street, said: "We are very shocked and upset. Edward really enjoys going to this nursery and all the staff there are brilliant, so it is a real shame."

In a letter to parents, Excell International School's director Anthony Omokhodion states: "The school and nursery have been facing financial difficulties for some time due to dwindling numbers. We have since received an offer from the landlords for the present premises and we have accepted their offer."

Speaking to The Standard, Mr Omokhodion said: "We verbally informed parents of the closure over a month ago when the church told us they wanted the land back. We are looking to secure an alternative site in Wyberton Fen."

Tom Leyland, parish administrator for the Stump, said: "We have not decided on future plans for the site, but we are considering a number of options."