Parents have had a first chance to quiz leaders of a schools foundation who aim to open a Spanish-English bilingual primary school in Spalding in September 2014.
The Phoenix Federation, which runs schools in Gosberton and Boston, held open house at The South Holland Centre on Tuesday to give parents the chance to ask questions – and register an interest in the 210 reception and Year 1 places.
Phoenix principal Carol Clare said two possible town centre locations have been identified, but the search will go on as the buildings may sell before the Department for Education gives the go-ahead for the independent, state-funded free school.
Children will be taught in Spanish and English because bilingual youngsters are higher achievers educationally and in the world of work.
The aim is that pupils are fluent in Spanish by the age of 11 and Phoenix has so far lined up meetings with three secondary schools, Sir John Gleed in Spalding, Spalding High and Donington’s Thomas Cowley High School, to see how they will build on those foundations.
The broad curriculum school could be housed in buildings such as former pubs, offices and shops, which will be fully adapted to its new use.
The deputy head of Boston’s Park Primary School, Jamile Sherrick, will be head at Spalding Bilingual Free School. Brazilian born Mrs Sherrick, who has lived in the UK for 25 years, speaks six languages and says that opened doors for her both educationally and in the world of work. Phoenix has already been given DfE consent for a similar school in Boston, which will open next year. For more information about the school email firstname.lastname@example.org