First free school invites applicants
APPLICATIONS for Hull's first free school have been opened to pupils and parents.
The £10 million Boulevard Academy will be open to about 100 Year 7 pupils next September.
It is being built on Hull FC's former ground, the Boulevard.
The school will be grown each year to eventually hold about 600 pupils.
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Although building work has not started on the site in west Hull, the design of the school is under way.
Parents can now put their children's names down for admission.
A spokesman for the Boulevard Academy Trust, which has now been legally convened, said: "We are delighted with the progress that we are making in developing The Boulevard Academy.
"We are fully engaged with the Department for Education and the local authority, who are providing excellent support to us and the academy overall.
"We are entering into a very busy period between now and Christmas – including liaising with architects and contractors, holding parents evenings, and finalising all of the required legal agreements to enable the building and the academy to progress further.
"We are excited and invigorated about the opportunities the new academy will offer to the young people of Hull and the local community, and are committed to its prolonged success."
As a free school, it 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.
Parent evenings will be held at the Boulevard Village Hall for those who want to find out more about the school and its ethos.
It 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.
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.