Posted on 13/07/2012

Fulham Boys School given the green light

Fulham Boys School (FBS) is delighted to announce that its application to open a free Church of England secondary school for boys has today (13 July 2012) been approved by the Department for Education.

FBS Chair, Alex Wade, said “This is fantastic news for Fulham parents. There’s currently a big gap locally at secondary level for boys, and we’re delighted that the Department has bought into our vision for an outstanding education, specifically designed to raise local aspirations and bring out the best in boys.”

FBS aims to open in September 2013, with its first intake of 120 year 7 boys. A site has yet to be confirmed, but negotiations will now progress as a priority. FBS will also be setting in train its plans to recruit its head teacher. As Alex Wade explained “We’re looking for an inspiring head and teachers who will motivate FBS boys to strive for academic excellence in core subjects, who will encourage sporting endeavour, and who will deliver our innovative plans for enterprise to be woven throughout curricular and extra-curricular activities.”

FBS is the result of many years of campaigning by Fulham parents for a local C of E school for their sons to progress to from the excellent primaries in the Borough. Inclusivity is core to its vision, providing an opportunity for all boys from the local community to develop their individual talents. The proposed admissions policy will give priority to C of E families for 50% of the places, if oversubscribed, with the other 50% open to families from all faiths and none.

FBS will be partnering with the Diocese of London in translating this vision into a reality, drawing on the Diocese’s considerable expertise in establishing successful schools such as the Chelsea Academy.

Inigo Woolf, Acting Director of the London Diocesan Board for Schools said “We’re delighted to be supporting such a compelling, parental proposal for a new school. We were immediately struck by FBS’ vision of inclusivity and mutual respect, its plans to embed a new notion of social enterprise into the curriculum and its ambitions to make the most of Fulham’s outstanding sporting opportunities. I have every confidence that, together, we will build a school that will set a benchmark for enterprise, for aspiration and for excellence for years to come.”

FBS director and Fulham parent, Jonny Ambrose, said “We owe huge thanks to everyone who supported us in getting to this stage – our local MP, our local council, our local churches but above all, to all the Fulham parents who have been fantastic in buying into our vision.”

For further information, or interview requests, please contact:
Jonny Ambrose, 07941157211.

 

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