Significant step for new Boulevard Academy on Hull FC's former ground
IT IS due to open in less than a year. And now, Hull's first "free school" is taking a significant step by appointing a principal designate.
The Boulevard Academy, which is being built on Hull FC's former ground, is advertising for an innovative leader to take over the new school.
The £10m school is set to open in September next year for Year 7 pupils.
It will be grown upwards to eventually form a 600-place school.
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The position has been advertised through a website.
A spokeswoman for the Boulevard Academy, said: "The proposers are pleased that we have reached this stage in the development of The Boulevard Academy.
"The appointment of the right person to be principal designate is vitally important for the future of the academy.
"We hope the website will generate a lot of interest and encourage suitably ambitious and committed people to apply."
As a free school, The Boulevard Academy in west Hull is out of local authority control.
But, as with Hull's three academy schools, it will be managed as part of a co-ordinated approach to secondary school admissions by Hull City Council.
Those leading the plans for the free school said: "We are looking for a principal designate who shares our ambition for success and who is able to inspire and lead staff and students to strive for excellence.
"It is important to demonstrate experience of innovation, whether it be in the curriculum or initiatives, taking a lead role in designing and developing learning programmes that allow students to achieve their very best."
The free school will offer the English baccalaureate, a qualification to reward pupils who pass five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English, maths, one science, one foreign language and one humanities subject.
It is the second free school proposal for the city.
The first, which was planned on the St Mary's College site, was blocked by church leaders last July.
The Bishop of Middlesbrough, Terry Drainey, whose diocese covers Hull, refused to support proposals for the school, which had been named the McAuley College Academy.
Leading educationalist Carol White, who has helped improve standards in schools across East and West Yorkshire for 15 years, led plans for the Boulevard Academy.
Ms White was a secondary school head teacher before becoming head of school improvement in the East Riding and the director of children's services in Calderdale.