The Fulham Boys School celebrates opening

Last night The Fulham Boys School (FBS) was formally opened by its patrons, local MP and Government Whip Rt Hon Greg Hands and the Bishop of Kensington, Rt Revd Paul Williams. The patrons were joined by Nick Gibb, Minister of State at the Department for Education.

London’s first secondary Free school for boys opened its doors to Year 7 pupils in September.

A series of delays, largely caused by uncertainties over the school’s site, saw FBS fight an extraordinary campaign in July to ensure the school could open as planned in September. Classrooms and facilities then had to be created in just two weeks.

FBS staff, pupils, parents and founders welcomed some of the local businesses, councillors, members of the local community and other organisations who supported the school during its five-year journey to open.

Posted on 21/11/2014

Alun Ebenezer, FBS Headmaster, commented:

“More than anything, we want to celebrate the ‘can do’ spirit that got FBS off the ground and is now driving our first boys forward. Parents and staff took a huge leap of faith in sticking by us when we were told we couldn’t open in July, and everyone then worked miracles to get the school ready in two weeks. It may have been a baptism of fire, but it has helped to forge a fantastic school ethos.

“Our challenge now is to deliver the outstanding education we’ve promised parents and pupils. Our founders, governors and staff spent five years planning a school specifically to motivate boys, and it’s energising to see our first pupils starting to flourish – picking up books through choice, throwing themselves into tackles on the rugby pitch, singing their hearts out.”

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Education Minister, Nick Gibb MP, said:

“Congratulations to the parents, school and all concerned in your tremendous achievement in getting this school open…Free schools have the freedom to be innovative, and I’m convinced that your vision of high academic standards, competitive sport and good discipline will be a success. I’ll watch with pride what I’m sure will be an outstanding school in Fulham.”

The school will be on its site at Gibbs Green for up to three years and is currently recruiting for its 2015 intake through the London wide school admissions process. FBS is growing year on year, and will be at full capacity in 2020 with 800 boys. Announcement on the school’s permanent location in the borough is expected shortly.

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