UPDATE: 16 July
FBS is delighted to announce that The Fulham Boys School will be opening as planned this September with its first Year 7s. FBS will be at Gibbs Green for at least two years before moving to its permanent home.
The Department for Education has agreed to reverse its earlier decision. All boys offered a place at FBS for September will now be able to take up that place. This is a permanent solution, securing the future of FBS.
FBS would like to thank everyone for their extraordinary support and encouragement over the last two difficult weeks, and in particular the FBS parents, boys and staff for their unity, their dignity and their resilience.
16 July 2014
Free school wins battle to open
An agonizing fortnight has ended in triumph for The Fulham Boys School’s parents, boys and staff.
The families that had been scrambling for school places following the Department for Education’s shock decision to pull the plug on FBS’s September opening, have this morning (16 July) been told that their school will go ahead, as planned.
Chairman Alex Wade said: “We’re delighted sense has prevailed. Whatever the agonies we’ve all been through, the ‘can do’ spirit shown by FBS parents, boys, and staff, has been quite remarkable in setting the foundations for a unique school. My thanks go to Greg Hands MP in particular, who has been with us from the start and has been a continual support in the last two weeks. Thanks also to the Department for Education for their work in reviewing their decision, to the Mayor of London for his intervention and to Councillors for their engagement in recent weeks”
Alun Ebenezer, FBS headmaster, commented “I’ve gone on the record as saying FBS will be an outstanding school within two years. We can now start on the hard work of getting FBS set on the road to becoming one of the best schools in the country”.
FBS parent and founder, Deborah De Long said “This is unbelievably good news; what a huge relief. My son is over the moon. He’s been saying he only wants FBS. I couldn’t have given him better news in his final few days of primary school.”
DfE had taken its initial decision for FBS to defer its opening because of uncertainties over permanent site. Following a high profile campaign and surge of public support for FBS, a series of meetings with local and central government found a solution. The Mayor of London has proposed a number of potential permanent site options. FBS will thus open as planned with nearly 100 Year 7 boys this September, then build year on year until it reaches its full capacity in 2020.
The places originally allocated to FBS boys remain open for them, regardless of any other offer they may have accepted in the last two weeks. There are also additional places for 2014 and any parent interested should contact their local authority. Applications for 2015 admission will be opening on 1 September as part of the pan-London co-ordinated admissions process.
FBS will be opening at Gibbs Green, North Fulham, for at least two years. It will then move to its permanent home, details of which will be announced later.
The Fulham Boys School
The Fulham Boys School is a new Church of England Secondary School for boys, opening in September 2014 with its first intake of 120 Year 7 pupils. It will build year on year to reach its full capacity of 800 boys in 2020. For the first two years, FBS’s home will be on the Gibbs Green Estate, West Kensington, London W14 9LY.
The Fulham Boys School is a Free School, funded by the Department for Education. It has been set up by a group of local parents and teachers, with the support of the Diocese of London and the backing of The London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham.
FBS’s vision is to provide an outstanding, enterprising education for boys, striving for academic excellence. Through the application of our Christian values, mutual respect, supportive pastoral care and inspirational teaching, we will help every boy to find his unique talent, and to realise it for the benefit of all.
Our vision is for a truly inclusive, community-based school. We are a Church of England school, actively encouraging support from applicants of other faiths and of no faith.
A limited number of places remain available for admission to Year 7 in September. If you would like to apply, please contact your local authority admissions team. If you have any queries about FBS or would like to meet the Headmaster, Alun Ebenezer, please contact the school office. For some of the questions raised by parents and boys at our recent briefing evening please click here. For our admissions policy please click here.