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Boston school transferred over to South Lincolnshire Academies Trust which has schools in Spaldng and Bourne

A school which had been ranked as inadequate will be transferred into the successful South Lincolnshire Academies Trust.

The trust, which includes Spalding and Bourne Academies, will now be welcoming The Giles Academy into its fold.

Ofsted inspectors had rated the Boston School as inadequate and placed it in special measures following an inspection in November last year.

Spalding Academy staff and students with Lucy Conley (Picture was taken before social distancing)
Spalding Academy staff and students with Lucy Conley (Picture was taken before social distancing)

Executive head teacher Lucy Conley said the trust had been supporting the Giles Academy for eight months and was pleased to confirm that it was being transferred into SLA.

She said: "Unfortunately, the current national crisis has meant that we have had to pause some our exciting plans that we were

looking forward to presenting to the students, parents and to the local community in a series of presentation evenings.

"This would have included detailing our vision for the future as we work hard to support and develop the school as it

begins on a journey of rapid improvement. Instead we have written to the staff, parents and to the students.

"For now however, our immediate thoughts and actions need to be on supporting the students in returning to school in

September so they feel safe and secure and so that we can identify and bridge any gaps in knowledge.

"We will be working with the remaining leaders at Giles Academy to make sure that the students are well guided and have

appropriate work. Additionally, at this challenging time our thoughts are firmly with supporting our families, so we can

keep our wider community as protected as it can be.

"For my part, as the Executive Headteacher of the SLATrust, I see this as being an incredible opportunity for the Giles

Academy to work as part of a wider group of non-selective secondary schools in Lincolnshire, the current SLATrust

schools are hugely successful and this is what I want to see for the Giles Academy.

"All young people deserve to go to a school which they are proud to attend and where they can achieve well and above

the national average and it is my vision that all schools in the SLATrust will provide exceptional non-selective school

education for all learners.

"We have been asked by the Department of Education for the SLATrust to support other schools in the past, but feel

strongly that it is the Giles Academy that will be the best fit for our Trust and that we could have the most significant

impact at this particular school.

"My expectation is that all SLATrust schools will perform exceptionally well, with the young people of Bourne, more recently Spalding and now in the Boston area, being able to enjoy their learning in Good schools that are either Outstanding or at least Good and aspiring to be Outstanding, with strong behaviour management and highly effective teaching and learning taking place.

"I am supported by a team of very experienced and successful Executive Deputy Headteacher and wider trust leaders

called the Operational Rapid Improvement Team (ORIT) and together we have already spent a significant amount of time

at the school where we have been extremely impressed by just how much the staff and the students we met at the

school want to work with us to bring about change.

All of the SLATrust Leaders have all met some fantastic and welcoming staff and young people, who all deserve a better

school, one that is not graded as Inadequate.

"The wider staff across the Trust are all looking forward to working with colleagues at Giles Academy and with the

students and I certainly feel extremely privileged and excited about working with the young people at Giles Academy in

the future.”

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