Building delay for Boston’s new free school

Boston Pioneers Free School Academy
Boston Pioneers Free School Academy

Children due to start at the new Pioneers Free School in Boston will have to wait a few days longer before moving in.

The school, on the former Ford garage site in Fydell Crescent, was due to open for the beginning of term.However, following the floods on December 5, a few changes were suggested by the Environment Agency which the school put into place.

The changes included effectively putting the school on stilts and delayed the external work on site – putting the project back.

Head teacher Jo Bland said all the internal works were completed and it was purely the external works left - with care taken to make sure it is safe for the children.

She said parents had been ‘amazingly’ supportive.

She said: “They have been absolutely amazing. Obviously, and quite rightly, people are disappointed – I don’t think anyone is as disappointed as I am.”

The parents of pupils at the school have been sent a letter explaining the situation and the school also tweeted about the situation from its feed 

School leaders will be handed the keys on September 17 and will move in over the following weekend.

The pupils start the term at the former Conway School site in Tawney Street, which Pioneers used last year, and move into the new school 10 days later on September 22.

The new school will feature a tropical rainforest-themed library, the latest technology and a 4D room – which can be transformed into a host of ‘destinations’ using sound and lighting effects.

There will also be a landscaped garden and an outdoor classroom. It will initially cater for 120 pupils when it opens and hopes to take in 420 children by 2019.

Much of the school building has been built in modules which were created in Ireland and transported to England piece by piece.