Boston High School

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Spilsby Road
PE21 9PF
11 - 18
Academy - Converter mainstream
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5+ GCSEs grade 9-4 (standard pass or above) including English and maths
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The school is a selective grammar school for girls, selecting the top 25% of the ability range. The school is smaller than the average secondary school. The sixth form of the school is mixed. There are currently about 150 students in Year 12 and 100 in Year 13. The number of sixth form students who come from other local schools is rising and is about half in the current Year 12. The local area has previously experienced falling school roles; as a result, the school is not full in the current Year 10. Almost all students are White British but an increasing number of students are from Eastern European countries. An additional cohort of boys entered the school in September 2009 and completed their GCSE examinations in July 2014. This was in preparation for a previously planned merger with the boys’ grammar school which was cancelled in spring 2010. As a result, no further cohorts of boys were admitted in Years 7 to 11. The school opened as an academy called ‘Boston High School’ on 1 January 2013. When the predecessor school, also called Boston High School, was last inspected by Ofsted in January 2009, it was judged to be ‘good’. The new headteacher was appointed in the summer term 2013 and started at the school in January 2014. A new additional deputy headteacher, also appointed in summer 2013, started in September 2013 as ‘acting headteacher’ for a term. At 4.3%, the proportion of disabled students or those who have special educational needs is well below average. At 8.0%, the proportion of disadvantaged students eligible for the pupil premium is well below average. This additional funding is given to schools for students who are looked after by the local authority or known to be eligible for free school meals. Three students attend the local Pilgrim Hospital School. No students are educated wholly off site or in alternative provision. No students are eligible for the Year 7 catch up funding. The school has received the following awards: Healthy Schools, Let’s Get Cooking, Teacher Learning Academy School, Career’s mark, Arts Council Silver award, and Young Enterprise centre of excellence. The school is part of a local consortium of 16 Lincolnshire grammar schools which coordinate each school’s admission arrangements in partnership with the local authority. The school is part of a charitable ‘Umbrella Trust’ together with the local boys’ grammar school. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress at GCSE.

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