New school approved for Boston

EDUCATION provision in Boston town centre has been given a major boost – following the approval of plans for a new school in the area.

The Boston Free School is one of more than 100 free schools to be given the green light by the Department for Education recently as part of an on-going Government programme of education reform.

It will provide 105 much-needed primary school places for youngsters in the town and offer what the committee behind the idea has called ‘a global education’.

Carol Clare of the Boston Free School steering committee and executive head of the Phoenix Federation, said: “This is a much-needed school in Boston town and will draw on the significant expertise and success of the Phoenix Federation to ensure the very best education for the pupil population of Boston.”

The school, which has not yet been officially named, will begin as a stand-alone centre, before joining Gosberton, Park and Fishtoft Primary Schools in the Phoenix Federation.

The location of the school has not yet been revealed, but a spokesman for the committee said this information – and the name of the new facility – should be announced within the next few weeks.

Free schools are aimed at catering for the particular demands of a local area which are not met through traditional education.

Boston’s free school will aim to provide an education focused on a world view, for all pupils, including those who speak English as an additional language, Ms Clare said.

It will cater for children aged between four and 11 and there will be 15 children per class.

In preparing to submit an application for the new facility, the Boston Free School steering committee received the backing of the New Schools Network (NSN), which supports groups looking to set up their own schools.

NSN director Rachel Wolf said: “Groups such as Boston Free School are to be congratulated on their hard work to date and we look forward to continuing to work with them over the coming months as they prepare to open their gates to the local community in just over a year’s time.”