Haven High Academy
Phone 01205 311979
To Staff, Parents/Carers and other interested parties
21 June 2017
Proposal to Expand Haven High Academy
The Boston Witham Academies Federation (BWAF) is commencing a consultation process on the proposal to permanently expand the capacity at Haven High Academy within the federation with an implementation date of September 2018.
The Local Authority (LA) has a statutory duty to ensure that there are sufficient places to accommodate all pupils of school age in Lincolnshire. The Local Authority has been working with primary providers across Boston, including BWAF, to increase the number of school places available to meet growing demand. Over the past five years the Local Authority has invested significant funding into local primary schools, adding over 760 extra primary places. The opening of the Boston Pioneers Free School Academy has provided the capacity for a further 420 Boston Primary School places. This tremendous growth in primary pupil numbers will progress into the secondary sector from September 2018.
As a consequence the LA are fully supportive of Haven High Academy’s proposal to increase their capacity to help meet the needs of the local community. Additional places at Haven High Academy will contribute to ensuring that sufficient school places are available in Boston to meet future demand.
It is important that BWAF gathers and considers all views on this proposal prior to making a decision on whether to proceed.
The proposal being consulted on is to permanently expand the school from the existing capacity of 1025 places based on a Published Admission Number (PAN) of 205 to 1,275 places (PAN 255), with a proposed implementation date of September 2018.
The following information outlines the reasons for the proposal and explains why there is a need to expand this school and how the expansion can benefit the children and the community.
Reasons for the Proposal to Expand Haven High Academy
National birth rates, mostly concentrated in more urban areas, have been steadily rising in recent years. This increased birth rate, combined with inward migration and housing development, has increased demand for primary school places. The Boston community may experience a shortage of available secondary school places if capacity at the academy is not increased, which could result in pupils being placed at schools a considerable distance outside of their local community
Having additional classes and more children on roll at the academy will also have financial and organisational benefits for the school. The academy has the ability to accommodate additional students (an increase of 50 students in each year group commencing September 2018 for Year 7 pupils, through to September 2022 when the additional capacity will be in place for all year groups) through utilising the Tollfield Road Campus for one distinct lower school Year 7 group. This site, with the full range of specialist secondary curriculum accommodation and state of the art resources, currently accommodates post 16 learners through subcontracting arrangements – due to end in August 2018. As a consequence no additional building work is required and Haven High Academy will continue to operate across two, town centred, sites.
In addition this may potentially provide the opportunity to enhance teaching provision and career opportunities for staff which in turn will benefit the learning experience of the children.
Have your say
If you wish to comment on this proposal then please return the response form by 5.00pm on Wednesday 19th July 2017 using the contact details provided at the head of this letter.
Chief Executive Officer
The Boston Witham Academies Federation