BEA Official Opening Celebrations
Boston Endeavour Academy marked its official opening on Friday 13th May with a jam-packed morning full of festivities and school tours for visitors.
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The new school has space for 140 pupils and the site includes 16 classrooms, specialist teaching spaces for science, technology, ICT and art, and a hall. It also benefits from a hydrotherapy pool, sensory and soft play rooms and dedicated therapy spaces. Outside, there are hard and soft-surfaced play areas, as well as a sensory garden and wildlife areas.
Pupils at the school welcomed a number of special guests for the official opening – including the Ghostbusters!
Cllr Patricia Bradwell OBE, Executive Councillor for Children’s Services, officially opened the school: “We want all local children to get a good education, and, to help achieve that, we’re investing £86m in improving our special schools over the next few years.
“This new £13.2m school will ensure all children in the local area are able to receive a high-quality education as near their family and local community as possible. It will make a life-changing difference to pupils and their families – both now and in the future.”
Peter Bell, CEO for the Community Inclusive Trust, said: “Boston Endeavour school community and C.I.T will be forever indebted to Lincolnshire County Council for investing in and building such a wonderful facility to meet the needs of our pupils. I would also like to thank everybody else who was involved in making this dream come true.”
Richard Gamman, Headteacher at Boston Endeavour Academy, added: “So many aspects of this school have transformed the educational experience for our pupils. The design of the building enables us to come together as a whole school but also have dedicated areas for the different ages and special educational needs of the pupils.
“Brilliantly designed features such as every ground floor class having an outdoor area and acoustic boards suppressing sound have helped our pupils more than I could ever have imagined. We now have everything we need to achieve our school mission of helping our pupils to become happy and fully included members of their community.”
The East Midlands Ghostbusters were on hand throughout the morning and the pupils loved every minute of it!
One of the Ghostbusters, Corporal Wayne Goodman from RAF Coningsby, said of their visit: “We are so humbled that the school allowed us the opportunity to share the day with them. The work, passion and dedication to the welfare and support of pupils is incredible. The staff at BEA make the world a better place and the attention to detail is second to none. We leave here today with a new-found respect and admiration for life and what this school does to give these children a fun-filled life.”
Building work was carried out by Wates Construction.
[Pictures courtesy of Stuart Wilde Photography for LCC]
[Main Photograph: Cllr Patricia Bradwell OBE, C.I.T CEO – Peter Bell, Matt Warman MP, BEA Deputy Headteacher – Aaron Bloodworth-Flatt, Pupil – Elijah]