The Fulham Boys School is delighted to announce the appointment of two new governors, Caroline Grieve and Elizabeth Phillips.
Caroline Grieve is a barrister with a national practice specialising in property law and is also a qualified arbitrator and mediator. Elizabeth Phillips is the headteacher at St Marylebone CE School, a successful multi-faith girls’ secondary school.
Commenting on the appointments, Chair of The Fulham Boys School Governors, Alex Wade, said: “Caroline and Elizabeth join FBS’s governing body as the appointees of the Deanery and Diocese of London respectively; I’m delighted that our partnership with the London Diocesean Board for Schools is enabling us to draw in such a wealth of experience and educational expertise.
“As shown at our open days last week, we are seeing fantastic levels of interest and encouragement from parents. Many have now had the opportunity to meet our head, Alun Ebenezer, but may not be aware of the breadth and depth of support in the FBS governing body. With the school’s focus now moving to recruiting the first tranche of teaching staff and firming up plans for our temporary premises, it is fantastic to have such a dynamic and strong team in place.”
London’s first free secondary school for boys has identified the temporary premises in Fulham where it intends to open in September 2014 with 120 Year 7 boys. The Church of England school is open to all to apply to, through the pan-London co-ordinated admissions scheme, until 31 October 2013. For further details please see www.fulhamboysschool.org/admissions
The Fulham Boys School hailed its Open Days for prospective parents and pupils “a huge success” with more than 650 people attending from all over the capital.
The free school for boys aged 11 to 18 is due to open its doors in September 2014 and the new Head Designate took the opportunity to explain to families the school’s unique ethos of enterprise, faith and boys.
Alun Ebenezer, Head Designate of The Fulham Boys School said: “I believe the most important ingredient in making a school successful is outstanding teachers and so we will do everything we can to recruit the best teachers; teachers who have excellent subject knowledge who can bring their subjects alive and can bring the best out of boys. It is important that boys enjoy coming to school and find learning interesting and fun.
“Schools are not just exam factories; we want to help our boys develop socially, morally, emotionally and spiritually. At Fulham Boys School we will insist on the highest standards of behaviour, uniform, attendance and punctuality. Boys need firm boundaries. The most important type of discipline is self-discipline, that even when we are not around, on the way to and from school, they know how to conduct themselves.”
Mr Ebenezer added: “The school will be built upon Christian principles and values. These values include generosity, kindness, justice, fairness, inclusiveness, self-control and hard work. We want our boys to love their neighbour as themselves and to see everyone as their neighbour.
“We are not elitist. I have not come to Fulham for a certain type of Fulham boy but for all Fulham boys. I am a Free School Meal boy from a back street in Ebbw Vale, Wales; I passionately believe that a person’s post code should not determine where they end up in life. I believe in comprehensive education and that education is transformational; it can change a person’s life.”
The Fulham Boys School will eventually have the capacity for 800 pupils. The Governors have identified a suitable temporary site in Fulham and will make a further announcement shortly.
Sports will be integral to the Fulham Boys School day with the core sports being rugby, football, cricket and rowing. At the Open Days boys were able to take part in boxing, rowing and kurling.
Other activities for the prospective pupils included demonstrations of maths, English and geography lessons, designing house crests on biscuits and voting on the school house names.
Alex Wade, chair of The Fulham Boys School Governors said: “These Open Days are the result of four years of sheer hard work and the unflinching can do attitude and energy of my team, to create a new school for Fulham.
“Our mission statement is clear. We are striving for academic excellence, with high expectations, strong discipline and a strict uniform policy. Our curriculum is tailored for boys – the school day is structured around their needs. Long teaching periods will be broken up. We have budgeted for smaller classes; we embrace the use of technology by, for instance, ensuring all boys have access to an iPad.”
The Fulham Boys School has pledged to give every pupil access to an iPad for learning, a focus on sport for all and an extended school day.
Mr Wade added: “Our specialism – enterprise – will give boys the skills, the knowledge, the confidence to lead, to think, to challenge. Above all, to instil a life long can do attitude.”
The Fulham Boys School is partnering with the London Diocesan Board for Schools in translating its vision into a reality, drawing on the Diocese’s considerable expertise in establishing successful schools.
Admissions are now open for Year 7 entry in 2014 as part of the Pan-London Co-ordinated Admissions System. Applications can either be made online at www.lbhf.gov.uk/eadmissions or via a form from your local authority. You can also find the link on the FBS website at www.fulhamboysschool.org/admissions
The Fulham Boys School is today announcing that it has identified the temporary premises in Fulham where it hopes to open in September 2014.
The new Church of England Free School has been working with the local council and the Department for Education to find a site that will both be free in September 2014 for the school’s first 120 Year 7 boys, and have the space to accommodate the school for at least two years.
The Fulham Boys School intends to hold a public consultation on its proposed temporary occupation of this site later this year. This will form part of the wider consultation every Free School must undertake before being given final funding assent by the Secretary of State.
Chair of FBS Governors, Alex Wade, said “Parents have been wonderfully patient as we’ve sought to find the best possible option for our temporary home, and I’m delighted that we’ve managed to identify a ready-made solution on our doorstep. The Department for Education is currently working to complete negotiations for us, and we are now looking forward hopefully to the opening of The Fulham Boys School in September 2014, with 120 Year 7 boys.”
Find out more about Fulham Boys School at our open days:
Tuesday 8th October 2013 at 6.00pm
Wednesday 9th October 2013 at 4.00pm
Fulham Palace, Bishops Avenue,
Fulham SW6 6EA
Please bring your son(s) along to Fulham Palace and find out more about what The Fulham Boys School will be offering to its first 120 pupils next September.
We look forward to seeing you!
No advance booking is required.
Hammersmith & Fulham Council has today, 16 July, launched a public consultation on their proposed amalgamation of New King’s and Sulivan primary schools, naming The Fulham Boys School as the potential occupants of the Sulivan primary site.
In the event that the site becomes vacant, the FBS founders have confirmed their interest in it as the permanent home for the state-funded Church of England Free School.
FBS Chair of Governors, Alex Wade, said: “Our application to open a free school was based on the high demand in Fulham for an outstanding Church of England secondary school, open to boys from all local primaries, and from all faiths and none. We respect that this is just the start of the consultation process but have registered our strong interest in the site should it become available.”
The Fulham Boys School is due to open in temporary premises in September 2014.
- For LBH&F’s consultation please go to the Hammersmith and Fulham website.
- The Fulham Boys School and the Department for Education have been exploring a wide range of possible sites for the school, including commercial developments, government owned property and local authority sites. As a Free school, its premises will be funded directly by the Department for Education.
- FBS will be opening on temporary premises in September 2014. Applications for a place in Year 7 open as part of the pan-London co-ordinated admissions on 1 September 2013.
The Fulham Boys School has today, 23 January, announced that the school’s opening date has been deferred to September 2014 due to difficulties in securing a site for this year.
This difficult decision has not been taken lightly, not least because of the impact on the families affected by a year’s delay and the disappointment for the boys who will no longer be starting in September 2013. The FBS Governors are deeply sorry and the school is contacting all prospective parents to explain the reasons for the delayed opening.
Everyone involved with FBS has been working tirelessly to deliver the school for September 2013, spurred on by fantastic support from across Fulham and neighbouring boroughs. However, despite working closely with the Department for Education to conclude negotiations on a site, it had become unrealistic that we would secure suitable premises in the timescale required to offer prospective staff guaranteed employment, and parents unconditional offers of places, before the summer.
The Fulham Boys School is making this announcement now to ensure parents and pupils are aware of developments before National Offers Day. No one who applied to The Fulham Boys School will now be made an offer by the school for 2013. However, plans are firmly in place for the school to open in September 2014.
The school is delighted to confirm that Mr Alun Ebeneezer remains as Headmaster designate and that he will be taking up his post in September 2013. The deferred opening will allow Mr Ebeneezer to meet with more of the local primaries, parents and community, and to work closely with the Directors in recruiting staff and finalising preparations for our first Year 7 boys in September 2014.
Commenting on the announcement, The Department for Education told FBS “We fully understand how disappointed you are that site issues have resulted in the Trust having to take the decision to defer the opening of The Fulham Boys School. The Department remains fully committed to taking this project forward and working closely with you to ensure a smooth opening in 2014. It is important not to lose momentum, and the Education Funding Agency will continue to work to secure an appropriate site for the school. We look forward to working with you as you revise your plans to ensure a successful opening for this exciting school in September 2014.” ”
The school will be consulting on its site later this year with interested parties, and the Head and governors look forward to sharing final plans with prospective parents, pupils and staff at the school’s open days in October.
If you have any questions, please contact the School on 07512 118012.
“I am delighted to support the clear and compelling vision that has brought about the foundation of a new Church of England School for boys in Fulham. For centuries the Church has been a pioneer offering outstanding education that is open and accessible to all children. Over 52,000 children are already receiving an inspiring start to life in Church of England schools across the Diocese of London and I am certain that Fulham Boys School will be a valuable addition to this exceptional contribution to the experience of young people across the Capital.”
We are delighted to announce that Alun Ebenezer has been appointed as Head Designate of The Fulham Boys School. He will take up his position next spring and in the meantime will be working closely with the FBS team in planning the curriculum, designing the school’s education policies and recruiting the inspirational teaching staff to help make FBS’ vision of ‘bringing out the best in boys’ a reality.
Alun joins FBS from St Teilo’s Church in Wales School, a large secondary school in Cardiff where he is Deputy Head. Previously, Mr Ebenezer was assistant head at Treorchy – the first school in Wales to achieve excellence in all 15 areas of its school inspection.
Andy Yarrow, head of the Chelsea Academy, will be mentoring Alun, drawing on his experience in taking a new Church of England school from scratch in 2009 to ‘Outstanding’ in its first OFSTED.
We are arranging an event in February for Alun to meet all boys who have applied to FBS for 2013, and their parents/carers.
Meanwhile, applications for September 2013 remain open.
We have become aware that some parents have registered details but have not completed the FBS application form. If you think you have applied for a place for September 2013 but have not had an email confirming receipt of your application and details of our assessment day, please email email@example.com to check you are on the list. Applications will be closing at the end of January 2013, so please urge anyone who hasn’t yet applied to do so now.
MORE than 600 people came to support The Fulham Boys School’s first Open Days in Fulham Palace in October.
With London’s first boys’ free school due to open its doors to 120 Year 7 boys in September 2013 the Open Days gave families from across the capital the opportunity to discover what the school ethos of Boys, Enterprise and Faith will mean in practice.
Presentations by FBS Chairman Alex Wade, Andy Yarrow (Principal Chelsea Academy) and ex-head and life coach Asma Mansuri, were accompanied by a variety of activities for everyone around the Palace, including sporting and singing challenges, and some wonderfully creative designs for school crests, buildings and uniforms.
If you missed the Open Days and want to find out more about the School, please download our prospectus and supplementary information from the Open Days.
And if you haven’t yet registered interest in a place for 2013, applications are still open as admissions are being handled directly by the School for this first year. Please download a form here.
A further information day and opportunity to meet the School’s head designate will be held early in 2013 – please register now to ensure you are on our invitation list.
Fulham Boys School (FBS) is delighted to announce that its application to open a free Church of England secondary school for boys has today (13 July 2012) been approved by the Department for Education.
FBS Chair, Alex Wade, said “This is fantastic news for Fulham parents. There’s currently a big gap locally at secondary level for boys, and we’re delighted that the Department has bought into our vision for an outstanding education, specifically designed to raise local aspirations and bring out the best in boys.”
FBS aims to open in September 2013, with its first intake of 120 year 7 boys. A site has yet to be confirmed, but negotiations will now progress as a priority. FBS will also be setting in train its plans to recruit its head teacher. As Alex Wade explained “We’re looking for an inspiring head and teachers who will motivate FBS boys to strive for academic excellence in core subjects, who will encourage sporting endeavour, and who will deliver our innovative plans for enterprise to be woven throughout curricular and extra-curricular activities.”
FBS is the result of many years of campaigning by Fulham parents for a local C of E school for their sons to progress to from the excellent primaries in the Borough. Inclusivity is core to its vision, providing an opportunity for all boys from the local community to develop their individual talents. The proposed admissions policy will give priority to C of E families for 50% of the places, if oversubscribed, with the other 50% open to families from all faiths and none.
FBS will be partnering with the Diocese of London in translating this vision into a reality, drawing on the Diocese’s considerable expertise in establishing successful schools such as the Chelsea Academy.
Inigo Woolf, Acting Director of the London Diocesan Board for Schools said “We’re delighted to be supporting such a compelling, parental proposal for a new school. We were immediately struck by FBS’ vision of inclusivity and mutual respect, its plans to embed a new notion of social enterprise into the curriculum and its ambitions to make the most of Fulham’s outstanding sporting opportunities. I have every confidence that, together, we will build a school that will set a benchmark for enterprise, for aspiration and for excellence for years to come.”
FBS director and Fulham parent, Jonny Ambrose, said “We owe huge thanks to everyone who supported us in getting to this stage – our local MP, our local council, our local churches but above all, to all the Fulham parents who have been fantastic in buying into our vision.”
For further information, or interview requests, please contact:
Jonny Ambrose, 07941157211.