Boston High School


Boston High School

Infobox UK school
name = Boston High School


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motto = "Non Nobis Solum"
(Not ourselves alone)
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type = Grammar School
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street = Spilsby Road
city = Boston
county = Lincolnshire
country = England
postcode = PE21 9PF
LEA = Lincolnshire
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enrollment = 794
gender = Girls
lower_age = 11
upper_age = 18
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Boston High School, also known as "Boston High School for Girls", is an all-female selective state secondary school for ages 11-18 in the north of Boston in Lincolnshire, England. It is on "Spilsby Road" (A16/A52), near the [http://www.zyra.org.uk/pilghosp.htm Pilgrim Hospital] .

Its motto is "Non Nobis Solum", which means Not Ourselves Alone. Both the High School and the Grammar School operate a sixth form system: sometimes, girls and boys transfer between the High School and the Grammar School to complete their sixth form education.

chool Emblem, colours and uniform

Emblem

The school emblem comprises two mermaids holding a shield. Underneath on a banner is the school motto 'non nobis solum' which means 'Not for ourselves alone'.

The emblem is similar to that of Boston Borough council.

On the shield are four quadrants. One is three coronets. Their origins are not known for definite, but it is said that they represent the Dukes of Brittany, Richmond and Suffolk - also represented on the Boston Borough council arms.

A second quadrant shows three wheatsheaves to represent the arable farmland of the fens; the community which Boston High School is based in is essentially rural, and thrives on agriculture.

Two further quadrants are of a fleur-de-lis on a background of the cross of St George.

The two mermaids represent Boston's nautical connections and its heritage as a port; again, taken form the Borough Council arms.

Colours

The school colours are navy and emerald green.

Uniform

chool Uniform

The uniform consists of a navy blue blazer, white revered-collar blouse (short or long-sleeved), navy trousers or skirt, black or navy shoes and an optional navy v-necked jumper. Blazers do not have to be worn in the summer, and shirts may be untucked if they are not beneath a jumper. Up until September 2005, uniform included a tie in navy and grey, with a stripe in the pupils' house colours. However, this was abolished in favor of open-necked shirts.

PE kit

The PE kit is an emerald green polo shirt with the pupil's name and school emblem on. This is worn with either a navy wraparound skirt and emerald knee-length socks, or navy tracksuit trousers. A navy sweatshirt with the school logo emblazoned in the front is available from the school, as is a school tracksuit.

Curriculum

From September 2006, the new year seven intake study the following curriculum:In year seven, pupils study:
* English
* Maths
* Science
* French
* Spanish
* Religious Studies
* Technology (this is divided into Food Technology, Textiles and Resistant Materials)
* History
* Geography
* Music
* Art
* Citizenship/PSHE
* Physical Education

These subjects are taken until year 8, when pupils take their SATs, and they begin their options in year 9 (ages 13-14)

In around May of year 8, pupils select their options from 3 blocks. The compulsory subjects at present are English, Maths Science, RS, ICT, either French or Spanish and PE (non-GCSE). Pupils can select options from subjects including geography, history, art & design, health and social care, sociology, business studies and PE as a GCSE.

The GCSE course lasts two years; years 9 and 10. Pupils can then take extra GCSE subjects in year 11, before studying A-levels in the sixth form, or moving to college.

There is a huge variety of subjects that can be taken at A-level at Boston High School, such as, as well as the GCSE subjects, critical thinking, philosophy and psychology.

RS and collective worship

There are a great many different religions worshiped in school: the religions include Sikhism, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and various denominations of Christianity.The collective worship at the school is of a broadly Christian nature: there are prayers in whole-school assembly, and thoughts for the day in form, house and year assembly. However, pupils and teachers can opt out of these assemblies, or Religious Studies, on religious grounds.

Houses, Forms and Teaching Groups

Houses

There are five different houses at Boston High School:
* Allan
* Conway
* Ingelow
* Kitwood
* LindisThese are named after people who have played a part in the school's history.

Forms

There are 30 form groups at Boston High School. The forms are divided into House groups; there are 6 forms in each House, named A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, C1, C2, etc, etc.

The new form system came into effect in September 2005: rather than being in mixed-house, year-group forms (four forms per year group) there is a system of vertical forms: in each form, there are 2-5 members of each year group, and all are in the same house. There is also a form tutor.

The idea of the vertical form system is that the pupils have certain members of their form who they can take any problems to; a sort of 'peer mentoring' system.

Teaching Groups

Teaching groups are different from form groups: a teaching group is composed of 28-32 pupils from the same year group, who have their own form name. There are four teaching groups per year group: each one's name is made up of their year group, followed by the letters W, X, Y or Z.

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* Headmistress: Mrs H. A. McEvoy
* Deputy Head: Mrs J. Thornalley
* Assistant heads: Mr M. Cook, Mrs C.Sumner, Mrs T. Hills

Heads

Learning Leader KS3: Mrs S.Manson
Learning Leader KS4: Mrs P. Ross
Learning Leader KS5: Mrs B. Anderson

Heads of Department

English: Mr N. Guilliatt

Music: Mrs S. Leake
Maths: Miss T Robinson
MFL: Mr F. Vié
Science: Miss L. Belford

ICT: Mrs Z. Roberts
History: Mr R. Busby

Geography: Mr D Acheson
Art: Miss R. Hunt
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RS: Mrs A. Lloyd

Technology: Mr P. Gibson
PE: Mrs N Brennan

Proposed merger

In July 2006, [http://www.lincolnshire.gov.uk Lincolnshire County Council] proposed to merge the school with the Boston Grammar School. This was not met with enthusiasm by the parents.

Update on the merger

As of December 2006, Boston High School and Boston Grammar School have proposed a federation system, with the schools having both a shared governing body and two independent governing bodies. The first mixed intake will occur in September 2009, with the schools operating on one site from around 2011. There is still widespread disapproval of these plans, ranging from the parents of pupils at both schools and at the feeder primary schools to the teachers at the two schools.

External links

* [http://www.bostonhighschool.co.uk Boston High School]
* [http://www.ratemyteachers.co.uk/schools/england/boston/boston_high_school Rate My Teachers]
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/lincolnshire/5177896.stm Reaction to proposed merger]


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