Boston High School

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Boston High School
Boston High School Badge.jpg
Motto Non Nobis Solum
(Trans: Not for ourselves alone)
Established 1914
Type Academy
Headteacher Andrew Fulbrook[1]
Chair of Governors Martyn Chambers[2]
Location Spilsby Road
PE21 9PF
England Coordinates: 52°59′19″N 0°00′38″W / 52.98850°N 0.01053°W / 52.98850; -0.01053
Local authority Lincolnshire
DfE number 925/4022
DfE URN 139140 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 684
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–18
Houses Allan
Colours Navy blue and
Emerald Green
Website BHS

Boston High School, also known as Boston High School for Girls, is a selective grammar school and sixth form college for girls aged 11 to 18 in Boston, Lincolnshire, England. A limited number of boys have attended the sixth form (years 12 and 13) since 1992.

A 2009 Ofsted report assessed the school as "good", with a "satisfactory" sixth form. [3]


Boys have also been admitted to the sixth form since the mid-1990s. The school has been awarded Maths and Computing College status. There are 707 students on the roll.

Federation plans[edit]

There were plans to merge the High School with its brother establishment Boston Grammar School with effect from September 2011.[4] During this period A group of around 50-60 Year 7 pupils from Boston Grammar School attended Boston High School. When the plans were scrapped, the boys had a choice of staying at Boston High School or moving back to Boston Grammar School.28 boys stayed and continued their school careers as usual. They finished Year 11 in June 2014 and many continued at Boston High School to study their AS and A2 levels in the mixed sixth form. However, in 2010 it was announced that due to the withdrawal of Building Schools for the Future funding by the new coalition government,[5] that both schools would operate as two separate schools, under a federation - on two sites - with one governing body.

Academy status[edit]

On 1 January 2014, Boston High School received academy status under new headteacher Andrew Fulbrook. No changes were made to the school uniform and the name did not change either. This meant that Boston High School was no longer part of the federation with Boston Grammar School and the schools operated under separate governing bodies.


Boston High School first opened on 19 January 1914 at Allan House on Carlton Road, Boston. There was a headmistress and seven teachers, with 112 girls on the roll. Due to increasing pupil numbers additional classrooms were built in 1922. The school's first headmistress was Miss F.M. Knipe, who served from 1914 until 1927, and there have only been five further headteachers in the history of the school.

Move of school site[edit]

The school was relocated to the Spilsby Road on the northern rim of Boston during the autumn of 1938. However, the official opening ceremony did not take place until 1939, the year that World War II started. The school was declared open by Alderman Kitwood, who later would have a house named after him. During the War girls from Hull were enrolled into the school, having been evacuated from their own city in anticipation of strategic bombing raids by the Luftwaffe.

In 1956 the Mayoress of Boston was 17-year old Janet Rowe. She had been invited to a Queen's garden party in London on 12 July of that year, but was unable to attend as she was sitting a GCE exam on the same day.

The school entered a team for Radio 4's former Top of the Form, with their round against Colchester County High School being broadcast on 16 & 18 November 1983.

In the 1990s it also referred to itself as The High School, Boston, and had around 850 girls.

The school today[edit]

School badge[edit]

The school badge comprises two mermaids holding a shield. Underneath on a banner is the school motto 'non-nobis solum' which means 'Not for ourselves alone'. The badge is based on the crest of Boston Borough council.

On the shield are four quadrants. One is three coronets. Their origins are not known for definite, but it is said[by whom?] that they represent the Dukes of Brittany, Richmond and Suffolk - also represented on the Boston Borough council arms. A second quadrant shows three wheatsheaves to represent the arable farmland of the fens; the community which Boston High School is based in is essentially rural, and thrives on agriculture. Two further quadrants are of a fleur-de-lis on a background of the cross of St George. The two mermaids represent Boston's nautical connections and its heritage as a port; again, taken form the Borough Council arms.


The school colours are navy blue and emerald green.


From September 2012, the new year 7 intake study the following curriculum: In year seven, pupils study:

In September 2012 Year 7 Students were the first to study German in the history of the school, the subject was not available to other year groups.German is only compulsory in Year 7. Students usually study French, German and Spanish in Year 7 and then have the option to continue studying two of these languages in Year 8 and 9.However, since September 2014 this system has changed. Year 7 pupils study French and German for a year and then study one of these languages alongside Spanish in Year 8 and 9. These subjects are taken until year 9, when pupils take their SATs, and they begin their options in year 10 (ages 14–15), when students take English, Maths, Science, Religious Studies, PE, IT and Life Skill, and 4 other subjects from the list above and the following subjects:

Pupils start their Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Religious Studies GCSE courses.

The school offers a range of AS and A2 level courses for pupils in Year 12 and 13. 4 subjects are taken at AS Level in Year 12, 3 of the 4 subjects are continued at A2 level in Year 13.

Religious studies and collective worship[edit]

There are many different religions worshipped in school, such as Sikhism, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and various denominations of Christianity.

Collective worship at the school is of a broadly Christian nature: there are prayers in whole-school assembly, and thoughts for the day in form, house and year assembly. However, pupils and teachers can opt out of these assemblies, or Religious Studies, on religious grounds.


The houses are named after people who have played a part in the school's history. The boys in year 11 wear different coloured ties representing their houses. The five houses are Allan, Conway, Ingelow, Kitwood and Lindis.The house colours are the following: Allan: Yellow Conway: Red Ingelow: Blue Kitwood: Purple Lindis: Yellow

Academic results[edit]

Boston High School consistently achieve a high pass rate at GCSE. In 2007-08 the percentage of students achieving 5 or more A*-C grades was 96.46%, rising to 99.07% in 2008-09, and to 100% in 2009-10. With students achieving 5 or more A*-C grades including English and Maths, the percentage was 89.38% in 2007-08, 96.26% in 2008-09 and 97.39% in 2009-10.[6]

The average UCAS pts achieved by students in A-Level results has risen, with 276 points per student in 2007-08, 293 points per student in 2008-09 and 326 points per student in 2009-10.[7]

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