School celebrates anniversary - and appeals for help

Staff and children mark John Fielding's 40th anniversary
Staff and children mark John Fielding's 40th anniversary

John Fielding Special School in Boston celebrated its 40th anniversary – and launched an appeal for help from the community.

The school, in Ashlawn Drive, marked four decades of educating disabled young people from the area with a tour of the school for guests, hosted by head teacher Sue Morrison.

To mark the occasion, Boston Mayor Coun Colin Brotherton, joined by Mayoress Kate Wainwright, helped to plant a tree in the school grounds and a decorated cake was cut by the oldest and youngest pupils.

However, the day’s events were underpinned by a more serious endeavour – the school’s need to establish a Friends of the School Association.

Michael Pichel-Juan, chairman of governors, said: “Our parents are widely dispersed (from as far away as Mablethorpe). This means it has not been possible to maintain a PTA, which leaves us at a disadvantage, particularly in terms of community cohesion.”

The school has been busy contacting local businesses, organisations and individuals asking if they would like to be a part of the association.

Mr Pichel-Juan added: “Our small school plays a very specialised role in the community and our wonderful staff are unsung heroes, everyone. I am sure their efforts will be of great interest to the community at large.”

If you would like to join the Friends of the School Association contact them on 01205 363395.