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31/03/2021   Red Nose Day

On Friday 19th March we held a non-uniform day in aid of Red Nose Day, sold Red Noses and each class in school took part in different activities during the day. We raised an amazing £192.40.

Many thanks for your continued support,


16/03/2021   Lateral Flow Testing at Home

Dear parents and carers, 

We are pleased to let you know that the third and final lateral flow tests were completed in school today and again the results were all negative.

As highlighted last week in the letter sent out, lateral flow testing is now going to be completed at home, with the exception of those that have contacted school to request them to be completed twice weekly here.

Sent home today you should have received this letter, a small box containing 7 lateral flow tests, a book containing information and guidance and a timetable of when the test could be taken.

The tests should be completed twice a week with a 3 to 4 day gap. 

With their home test kits, students will also be given a set of separate instructions for how to complete the home tests.

Please carefully read these instructions through with your child. Please use these separate instructions which replace the old instruction booklet you will find inside the box of test kits. Useful instructions can also be viewed on this YouTube video:

Students who have tested positive using a PCR Test in the last 90 days do not need to take any LFD tests. Students/parents who have not consented to testing may change their minds and should speak to Aaron Bloodworth-Flatt if they decide to register for testing.

School based and home testing does not replace basic preventative measures such as regular handwashing, face coverings and social distancing. It is essential that we all continue to follow the “Hands – Face – Space” measures.

Taking the Tests:

The timetable attached indicates towards everyone, including staff, taking their LFD test on a Sunday night and Wednesday night.

Students aged 11 should have the test administered by an adult, and students aged 12-19 should be supervised by an adult but can swab themselves. Students have done incredibly well with the school based LFD tests in recent days and we have had no void results because the swabs did not have enough of a sample. Students need to continue to be as conscientious when they do their tests at home. Taking the test does become less uncomfortable as you get used to it!

Reporting your Child’s Results:

Each time your child takes a test you will be required to report the results to both the School and the NHS. We will be using Microsoft teams for you to submit your child’s results, which will be sent out via email.

For negative test results you will need to:

1. Report the result to NHS Track and Trace, either online or by phone, following the instructions in the home test kit booklet.

2. Report the result to the School on the Microsoft Form as explained above.

For positive test results you will need to:

1. Self-isolate immediately in line with Government guidance

2. Report the result to NHS Track and Trace, either online or by phone, following the instructions in the home test kit.

3. Report the result to the School on the Microsoft Form as explained above AND contact the School confirming that the result is positive and that your child will be self-isolating for ten days.

4. Book a PCR test to confirm the LFD home test results for your child. The outcome of this needs to be emailed to: please note that if the PCR test returns a negative result, inform the School and we will make arrangements for their return.

For void test results you will need to:

1. Take another LFD Test. If two ‘void’ results are received, you will need to arrange for a PCR test.

2. Report the result to NHS Track and Trace, either online or by phone, following the instructions in the home test kit.

3. Report the result to the School on the Teams Assignment as explained above AND email the School at

The DfE have updated their guidance and stated that: 

“As schools return to full attendance, we understand parents’ frustration when their child is asked to isolate at home either after testing positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), or because of being in close contact of someone who has tested positive.

However self-isolation is one of the most important things we can do to help stop the spread of the virus and help protect our friends, family and our community. Around one in three people with coronavirus (COVID-19) have no symptoms, and so finding and isolating these hidden cases quickly will help to stop outbreaks before they get a chance to develop.

If your child has tested positive having been tested using a lateral flow device (LFD) test at school, they do not need a PCR confirmation because these tests are done in a supervised environment. Lateral flow device tests are at least 99.9% specific, meaning the likelihood of a false positive is extremely low – less than 1 in every 1,000. PCR testing will always carry a risk of producing false negatives. At the moment, carrying out LFD tests in supervised conditions and not carrying out confirmatory PCR testing means we capture the maximum possible number of coronavirus (COVID-19) infections during the initial return to school period. 

Once your child starts testing at home using lateral flow tests, positive results must be followed up with a confirmatory PCR test (as these tests are not conducted in a controlled environment).”

Covid-19 testing over the Easter holidays 

DfE has confirmed that staff and students should keep testing through the Easter holidays to manage the spread of Covid-19, as part of a regular habit of testing at home every 3-4 days (twice a week). 

A video will also be shared on the school’s social media page demonstrating how to complete the lateral flow test, (click on the link below to view the video)  but if you have and questions please don’t hesitate to contact school.

Many thanks

Aaron Bloodworth-Flatt

Assistant Headteacher

Suggested timetable for staff and pupils LFT

Wednesday 17th March

Sunday 21st March

Wednesday 24th March

Sunday 28th March

Wednesday 31st March

Sunday 4th April

Wednesday 7th April



16/03/2021   Welcome to Boston Endeavour Academy

Please click on the link below to view a virtual tour of our new all-needs school opening this Autumn

Exciting times ahead!



15/03/2021   Launch of ParentMail +Pay

Dear Parent/Carer

Improving School Communications with ParentMail 

Communicating with parents is an important part of what we do, making sure you get the correct information about activities, events and things that really matter is something we care about.  

From 15th March 2021 we will be using ParentMail, a service used by over 6,000 schools, nurseries and children’s clubs to communicate to parents. ParentMail will be beneficial to you because you can:

  • Use a free mobile app on Android and iOS to pick up school messages instantly.
  • Pay for school trips/items in just a few taps.
  • Complete forms, give consent/permissions and give feedback on surveys.
  • Book parents’ evening appointments.
  • And much, much more!

Registering with ParentMail is very easy! Over the next few days you will be sent either an email and/or text message from ParentMail, when you receive this please just follow the instructions in the message.

Please be assured that ParentMail is registered with the Information Commissioner and guarantees that all information you provide will be kept private and will not be passed on to any other organisation. 

Once registered, if you have an Android or Apple smartphone, we highly recommend you download the ParentMail App for the best user experience.To do this, simply search for “ParentMail” in your App store. 

If you need any additional information or assistance, please visit the help site:  or if you have not received any contact from ParentMail within 7 days please contact Joanne Melson in the school office.

Richard Gamman



11/03/2021   Lateral Flow Testing at Home

Dear Parent/Carers 

Firstly, thanks you to all those that used the Microsoft form to inform us about the permissions for Lateral Flow Testing in school. We hope you found it a quick an easy process. We were very pleased that all pupil’s that were tested were all negative and are hopeful for the same results tomorrow and next Monday the 15th. Following on from Monday’s testing in school we will be sending the Lateral Flow testing kits home to be completed on a Wednesday evening and a Sunday evening. The results can be recorded on a Microsoft Form link that will be sent out next week. 

A support video will be sent home using the school’s social media page and tapestry to help you with how to complete the test. 

The tests sent out are for the use of your child only, however the government sent out this information recently:

If you’re a member of a household, childcare bubble of a pupil, student or staff of a school or college, you can get a twice-weekly test

  • through your employer if they offer testing to employees
  • at a local test site
  • by collecting a home test kit from a test site
  • by ordering a home test kit online

Get a test through your employer

Your workplace may offer rapid lateral flow testing to you. Contact your employer to find out more.

Take a test at a rapid lateral flow test site

You can take a rapid lateral flow test at a local site. Testing at these sites is assisted, which means you will swab yourself under the supervision of a trained operator.

You may need to book an appointment.

Collect test kits

You can collect 2 packs of home test kits at a local collection point. Each pack contains 7 tests.

Anyone 18 or over can collect.

Most collection points are open from 1.30pm to 7pm. You can check online if the location is open or busy before you go. You do not need to make an appointment.

Do not visit a collection point outside opening hours, as it may be used to test people with coronavirus symptoms outside these times.

Order home test kits online

If you cannot get tested at your workplace, or are unable to go to a test site or collect test kits, you can order a home test kit online.

Do not order online if you can get a test through other methods. This frees up home delivery for those who need it most.

More information can be found at: Rapid lateral flow testing for households and bubbles of school pupils and staff - GOV.UK (

If you are having difficulties completing the tests at home and feel it is necessary for your child to participate in the Lateral Flow Testing, we may be able to offer support and continue to test in school in these exceptional circumstances. If this is the case please contact myself at school to discuss this further.

Many thanks 

Aaron Bloodworth-Flatt

Assistant Headteacher


03/03/2021   Lateral Flow Tests w/c 8.3.21

Dear parents and carers, 

Ahead of the wider return to school on Monday, we are writing to inform you of the provisions for weekly lateral flow testing of our secondary aged pupils. By providing access to weekly tests, it will hopefully identify any pupils or staff members who may be asymptomatic and help keep our community safe.

We are required to test the secondary aged pupils, who have parental consent, three times within a week of their return to school. These dates will be Monday 8th, Thursday 11th and Monday 15th of March. After these dates are complete, testing will then be required to take place at home twice a week (Mondays and Thursdays). 

If your child does develop symptoms or receives a positive result from a lateral flow test, they will then be required to complete PCR test at a test centre or order a home test to confirm the result. Information on how to complete the tests and log results will follow. 

You will soon receive an email with a link to a Microsoft form, where you can provide your consent if you choose to do so. If you do not give consent, please will you highlight this for our records. Pupils without parental consent or who can’t complete the test will be required to follow self-isolating guidelines if they come into contact with a positive case or develop symptoms.

If you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact school. 

Many thanks,  

Aaron Bloodworth-Flatt

Assistant Headteacher


12/02/2021   Letter from Head Teacher

Plans for next term

The disruption from snow and ice this week on top of so much change as a result of Covid-19 was really not what we needed!  I apologise that it was necessary to close the school for relatively small amounts of snow but the very low temperatures and treacherous conditions on the roads prevented the taxis and some staff from travelling safely. 

During the closure it has been possible for many staff to have their first dose of vaccine administered, as Lincolnshire County Council have accepted that we are working in a caring as well as educational role.  

A parent has helpfully informed me that those acting in an unpaid caring role (which will be most if not all parents), even if not receiving carers allowance, should be on their GP’s carers register and eligible for a vaccine in priority group 6.  Many of you will be rightly considered carers and if you are not registered with your GP as such this is something you may wish to discuss with them. 

We will resume school on Monday 22nd February for a reduced number of pupils based on our current risk assessment of safe operating levels.  22nd February is also the day on which the Government is due to announce plans for a broader relaxing of lock-down.  We hope that this will lead to a full reopening of school during the subsequent weeks but have no indication that there will be any change to current regulations and guidance until after March 8th.  I will be in touch with more information as soon after the Prime Minister’s announcements on the 22nd as I am able.

All best wishes,

13/01/2021   Sample of New School Uniform

Samples of our new school uniform for Boston Endeavour Academy arrived today from Boston Anorak Company.  Proudly modelled for us by Bailey!

New Logo

05/01/2021   Prioritisation of school places during lockdown

Dear Parents and Carers, 

I am deeply saddened to be writing to you at the beginning of another national lockdown.  I have some appreciation of how difficult this situation is for many families. 

During today you will be contacted by your child’s teacher or another member of school staff to agree your need for access to education in school during the current period of lock down.  We would always wish to have all the children in school but currently need to limit  the risk of infection spread in the circumstances of a significant national crisis.  Our planning is informed by the following Government guidance issued last evening:

This decision does not suggest that schools and colleges are no longer safe places for young people. Instead, limiting attendance is about reducing the number of contacts that all of us have with people in other households.

We have resisted closing schools until now, but in the face of the rapidly rising numbers of cases across the country and intense pressure on the NHS, we now need to use every lever at our disposal to reduce all contacts outside households wherever possible.

We will agree with you a ‘best fit’ band for your child based on the following criteria, not all points need to be met to place your child in this band.


Band 1:  Full time immediate attendance at school

Both parents are critical workers with no alternative child care options

There is an immediate danger of physical harm to child or family members within the home

There is an identifiable risk of immediate negative physical or mental health impact of being at home

Entirely unable to engage with learning at home even with remote and technological support from school

Band 2:  Partial or phased return to school during lockdown as local and national situation improves

One parent is a critical worker requiring some child care during working hours

The child or young person experiences some negative mental or physical health impact from being at home

The child or family struggle to provide access to education even with support from school

Band 3:  Education to be delivered remotely at home until end of national lockdown

Child is designated Clinically Extremely Vulnerable and/or at increased risk of severe impact from Covid-19

Parents are able to provide a safe home environment

The child has experienced negligible or minor mental or physical health impact from being at home

Remote learning can be successfully delivered at home with support from school

Potentially all classes will be open and I hope to place your child with their usual class staff in single class bubbles.  Transport will be available but perhaps not in class bubbles and this will also need to be discussed with you and you may wish to transport your child during the national lockdown.  The education of children at home will be supported through our established home learning contingency plan.

Thank you once again for working with us as we do our very best to balance our deeply felt instinct to have all the children in school enjoying each other’s company, learning and playing together with the need to do our bit to reduce contacts and viral transmission.

All best wishes, 



04/01/2021   Message from the Headteacher

Dear Parents and Carers, 

Following the announcement from Boris Johnson this evening the school will be closed tomorrow except for children of key workers and the most vulnerable pupils.  All transport will be cancelled. 

If you are in urgent need of a place tomorrow because you are unable to provide safe care for your child please reply to this email with this information before the start of the school day.  You will be responsible for transport to and from school.  If you can possibly keep your child at home this is in line with the Government’s advice to reduce transmission and provide a circuit break on the virus. 

We will be in touch with all families and social workers tomorrow to determine which children need to be in school regularly through this lockdown. 

I am very sorry to be the bearer of such bad news once again.  Please, stay safe and hopefully this will be the last period of such restrictions.


Richard Gamman


02/01/2021   Return to school on 4th Jan 2021

Dear Parents and Carers, 

Happy New Year to you all.  I hope that this is the year when we are able to say farewell to all the Covid-19 restrictions, return to our normal exciting curriculum, come together as one school community and move to Boston Endeavour Academy and all its new resources. 

In the meantime, it really does feel as though we may be entering another really difficult phase of this terrible virus.  However, looking on the bright side:

  1. We will be returning to school on Monday 4th January for all but those pupils deemed Clinically Extremely Vulnerable.  As we have moved into tier 4 the following Government advice applies:

Shielding advice is currently in place in tier 4 areas, and so all children and young people still deemed clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) are advised not to attend school.  Please could parents whose children are CEV and those who were CEV but were removed from this status in November please contact me to talk through your plans.

  1. We are assured that lateral flow tests will be delivered to school on Monday 4th January and so we will be able to start testing staff and secondary aged pupils early next week.  More information will be sent home about the tests to parents of secondary age pupils electronically and by hard copy on Monday.  By getting testing up and running we will be able to reduce the impact of any positive cases in school and not necessarily send whole secondary aged bubbles home for periods of self-isolation.

We will need your written consent to administer these tests and so it is extremely important that these forms are returned promptly please.

Please continue to contact me directly by email or by phone on 07464 483115 if any cases are confirmed in your family during the remainder of the holiday or if you have any other concerns that I can help with.   Thank you to those who have already contacted me to let me know of positive cases.

Stay safe and take care, all best wishes,

Richard Gamman



17/12/2020   Latest CIT News

Please click on the link below to view the latest CIT News.

Hope you all have a great Christmas and thank you for all of your support during 2020.


11/12/2020   Letter from the Headteacher

Dear Parents and Carers, 

Well done for making it to the end of our isolation period.  I have been so impressed by the work that everyone has achieved, whenever I go onto Tapestry or Facebook I leave with a big smile! 

Just a couple of points of information ahead of Monday’s return to school:

  1. Taxis should be picking children up at the same time they were before this period of isolation.
  2. There are a number of changes in school including staff wearing masks or face shields outside the classrooms, including to collect children from taxis.  So, if this is likely to upset your child and they will understand please let them know in advance.
  3. Most of our pupils are exempt from mask wearing and will not be doing so in class.  However, if your child has got used to wearing a mask safely when they are out and about then it would make sense for them to wear one on the vehicle into school when they will be in contact with pupils outside their class bubble.
  4. Please could you send any work that you have completed on paper in with your child on Monday.
  5. Keep watching our Facebook page over the weekend for details of the 12 days of Christmas raffle.  Thanks in advance for your support. 

Please do not hesitate to contact me directly by email or by phone on 07464 483115 if any cases are confirmed in your family over the weekend or if you have any other concerns that I can help with. 

Stay safe and take care, all best wishes

Richard Gamman


09/12/2020   Latest Letter from the Headteacher

Dear Parents and Carers, 

A huge well done to the children and to you for all the great home learning that has been going on last week and this.  

Just 3 days to go until our period of isolation is over and we can go out again from Saturday.  I do appreciate how tough it has been for some.  We do seem to have been successful in staying safe through this time; I have had a couple of reports of positive cases in homes of students and staff but none affecting those who attend school. 

I understand how anxious we all about another outbreak before Christmas and assure you we are doing everything we can to avoid this happening.  The children will remain in their class bubbles all week.  This means that they won’t have contact with children or staff from other classes at all next week, except for those they share a taxi with.

We have an exciting programme of events to build the Christmas spirit in the classes, as shared with you last week:

Monday – Decoration Day.  Please wear your Christmas Jumper

Tuesday – Christmas Costumes and Benson’s Letter (Christmas Show)

Wednesday – Class Christmas Parties and Santa’s Socially Distant Parcel Delivery!

Thursday – Virtual Songs Around the Christmas Tree 

Please do not hesitate to contact me directly by email or by phone on 07464 483115 if you have any concerns that cannot be addressed by a member of your child’s class team.

Stay safe and continue to share your home learning with us.

Richard Gamman


03/12/2020   Article with Boston Vibe

Please click the link below to read an article by Boston Vibe.


30/11/2020   School Closure

The school is closed until Monday 14th December, if you have a query please email or if you have an urgent matter you need to speak to some-one about, please contact the Headteacher on 07464 483115.

29/11/2020   Update from the Headteacher

Dear Parents and Carers, 

I regret that we have another confirmed case this weekend (making a total of 3).  This time it is a member of staff.  I have been in touch with the parents of all pupils in the class concerned, so if you have not heard from me already you can assume that this is not your child’s class. 

As the individual concerned was in school on Friday that extends our necessary closure period through to Monday 14th December.  The isolation period for pupils who were in school last week now needs to be extended to Saturday 12th December.

The speed with which cases have been confirmed illustrates quite how infectious this virus is and the need for absolute care and caution now that it is in our midst.

Guidance on self-isolation may be found at this address: 

Additional guidance for those with learning disabilities and/or autism can be found through various charities, eg National Autistic Society

Please, take care, stay safe and do get in touch if you need to ask me anything.

Richard Gamman


28/11/2020   School Closure

Dear Parents and Carers, 

I am sorry to have to write to you again for a second time within one day.  I regret that I have recently been informed of a second confirmed case of Covid-19 in school. 

This second case broadens the possible range and number of contacts and so I have reluctantly decided to close the school until Friday 11th December.  

I think it is wise for all pupils and staff who were in school last week to consider that they may have been contacts and I need to ask for your children to self-isolate accordingly. 

Guidance on self-isolation may be found at this address: 

Additional guidance for those with learning disabilities and/or autism can be found through various charities, eg National Autistic Society 

Class leads will be in touch to support with home learning on Monday. 

Please be vigilant for the symptoms we all now know so well: a new continuous cough, a raised temperature or loss of sense of taste or smell.  If you have a confirmed case in your household please let me know. 

I am looking forward to seeing the children again on Friday 11th December.  In the meantime take care and do not hesitate to contact me with any concerns or questions you may have.

Kind regards

Richard Gamman

28/11/2020   Important Message from Headteacher

Dear Parents and Carers, 

I am sorry that I have to write another down beat letter at this difficult time.  As you will know rates of Covid-19 in our area are now amongst the highest in the country.  Sadly, we have our first confirmed case within our school community.  One of our part time teaching assistants, who just works one day a week currently, contacted me last night to report she had received a positive test result.  She has not been in school since last Monday, first experienced symptoms on Thursday evening and immediately booked a test for Friday.  I am sure you will join with me in wishing her a very speedy recovery. 

As the gap between her being in school and displaying symptoms is more than 48 hours we do not, under test and trace regulations, need to request any staff or pupils self-isolate linked to this case.  However, it is a timely reminder to us all of how careful we need to be. 

Please, if your child or any member of your household displays the key symptoms, then get a test and all stay at home until the result comes through.  The symptoms are:

-        A raised temperature

-        A new continuous cough

-        A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

If you are uncertain then do ring 111 for advice. 

I remain extremely grateful to you all for your understanding and support when we have had to send children with symptoms home.  You will be aware of many local schools where classes and year groups have had to shut.  It seems increasingly likely we may need to shut classes (if staff levels drop to unsafe levels) or indeed the whole school if we get a confirmed case in school.  Please do be prepared for this which could happen at short notice.

 In the meantime, we will continue to provide the children with a rich and engaging curriculum and enjoy their efforts and progress.  It’s just one week until our Christmas decoration day sets off our season of celebration, which will be different this year but still full of fun. 

Richard Gamman


25/11/2020   Vacancies for Apprentice Teaching Assistants

We are looking to recuriut Apprentice Teaching Assistants (Level 3 Qualification) 10+ posts starting in September 2021. Please click here to view details.

23/11/2020   Children In Need Day

All the children and staff had a fun day for Children In Need on Friday 13th November.

Thank you to everyone who donated, the final total raised in school this year was £274.04 !!


11/11/2020   Children In Need Fundraising

We have set up a JustGiving page - all donations will go directly to Children In Need. Please click on the link below to donate:

01/11/2020   Parent Letter

Dear Parent/Carers

Please click here to view the latest letter from Richard Gamman - Headteacher.


23/10/2020   School will be closed on Friday 23rd October for Staff Training


School will be closed on Friday 23rd October for a staff training day as advertised on our term dates information, which can be found on our website.  School will reopen after the holiday on Monday 2nd November.

We will be completing essential medical training and additional training on supporting the mental health and wellbeing of our young people through these turbulent times.

14/10/2020   Hello Yellow day raised £95

On Friday 9th October, we held a Yellow Day for Young Minds World Mental Health Day. We are pleased to say that from this we raised a fantastic £95.

Many thanks to everyone who donated for this fantastic charity. it is really appreciated in these uncertain times.

Many thanks

Debbie Arrand

Penguins Class

13/10/2020   Macmillan Coffee Morning raised £89.20

On Friday 2nd October, Seals Class held a virtual coffee morning in school for Macmillan Cancer Support.  We are pleased to say that from this we raised a fantastic £89.20 

Many thanks to everyone who donated money for this fantastic charity.  It is really appreciated in these uncertain times. 

Just a date for your diaries, on Friday 13th November 2020 it will be Children in Need Day in school.  More details will follow soon.

Again thank you,

Becky Thompson

Seals Class Lead.

30/09/2020   Work begins at the new school site for John Fielding Special School

As you are already aware, we will be relocating to a new facility ready for opening in September 2021, and will be renamed Boston Endeavour Academy (BEA). 

The new school will have space for 140 pupils delivering a provision for ‘all-needs’, and will be located next to St Nicholas Primary School, on Kitwood Road, Boston. 

Cllr Mrs Patricia Bradwell OBE, Executive Councillor for children's services, said:

"This is a very exciting moment as the county council starts to deliver the special school building project across the county.  There is no better place to start the project than here in Boston, investing £13.2m on the new school building, with an expected opening date of autumn 2021.

"The new school will ensure all children in the local area are able to receive high quality education as near their family and local community as possible." 

The new school site will include 16 classrooms, specialist teaching spaces for science, technology, ICT and art, and a hall.  It will also benefit from a hydrotherapy pool, sensory and soft play rooms and dedicated therapy spaces. Outside, there will be hard and soft-surfaced play areas, as well as a sensory garden and wildlife areas.

Richard Gamman, Headteacher of John Fielding School, said:

“We are all absolutely delighted and excited to be moving to these new state of the art premises.  We are looking forward to the additional specialist facilities and larger classrooms, and being able to provide more desperately needed places for the people of Boston and surrounding area.”

[Pictured: (left-right) Dave Pennington (LCC), Cllr Mrs Patricia Bradwell OBE (LCC), Richard Gamman (John Fielding School), Daran Bland (Community Inclusive Trust), Mark Jones (Wates)]



25/09/2020   PHE Letter to parents and guardians

We received the current information in school yesterday which provides helpful guidance on when your child may need a coronavirus test.

Thank you for continuing to work with us to keep everyone in our community safe.

Please click here to view the letter


Richard Gamman


16/09/2020   Coronavirus Symptoms

Dear Parents and Carers, 

Coronavirus Symptoms 

I am certain you have all heard enough about coronavirus regulations and apologise for yet another letter on the subject.  I’m also sorry I can’t promise that it will be the last! 

The guidance that I must follow as a Headteacher is worded as follows: “If anyone in your school becomes unwell with a new, continuous cough or has a high temperature, or has a loss of, or change in, their normal sense of taste or smell, they must be sent home and … that they must:

-       Self-isolate for at least 10 days

-       Arrange to have a test 

A new, continuous cough is defined by the NHS as ‘coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)’. 

Currently, we have cases where pupils and staff are off school with what they are very confident are just the normal Autumn colds.  However, I have sent them home as our hygiene procedures and reducing contact are our first and main defence against a spread of the virus in our school.  My thanks to everyone for complying with these very frustrating requests. 

I understand the difficulties this causes when tests are near impossible to come by and the consequent inconvenience to your lives.  Thank you for your patience and understanding in helping us to keep everyone safe.

Richard Gamman




Well, haven’t we had a challenging and eventful final few months of the academic year?! A big thank you to all our staff and pupils for their hard work, we wish you all a wonderful summer!

With a new academic year in our sights, we are concentrating our fundraising efforts on the new Sensory Courtyard at our new school site for September 2021.

Our wonderful new school site that we will be moving to for September 2021, will include a sensory courtyard area within the centre of the buildings. The sensory courtyard will be accessed by all pupils and we want to provide them with an abundance of sensory experiences to include:

· Plants to stimulate senses through touch, sight, scent, taste

· A learning zone full of exciting things to see and touch

· Wheelchair friendly pathways with eye level experiences

· Material features and objects with particular sensory qualities

Please CLICK HERE to read the full story.

Thank you for taking the time to read about our fundraiser. Please donate/share/tweet our project far and wide, in the hope of finding support from outside of the schools. Thank you.

You can also donate by texting BEA plus the amount you wish to donate, to 70085.


New School


15/07/2020   Plans for opening in September

Dear Parent/Carers

Please click here to view a letter regarding our plans for opening in September.


10/07/2020   Fundraising Target Smashed!

John Fielding Special School have been making improvements to their communication provision for pupils and Teachers and TA's have attended workshops on:

• Picture Exchange Communication (PECS);

• Using signs and symbols in the classroom;

• Core communication training with a Speech and Language Therapist; and

• Makaton.

While the school has made excellent progress regarding staff skills, we were lacking communication equipment for our pupils.

With a target of £6,000 to purchase new and engaging resources such as switch adapted toys, the school embarked on a fundraising challenge.

Switches serve a variety of purposes allowing pupils to make choices and interact during lessons (i.e. turn the pages of a digital book). Story Sequencers enable pupils to follow stories and link characters and images to the plot.

Richard Gamman, Headteacher, said:

“We have been overwhelmed with the support received. The Boshier-Hinton Foundation kindly donated £2,000, parents and member of the public made donations totalling £430. And this week we received a £10,000 donation from the Medlock Trust.

It is with huge thanks to them all that we can now move forward and complete the project, providing our pupils with switch adapted resources to help improve our pupil’s communication skills. Parents will also benefit as we create closer parent-school engagement, using Audio Diaries.”




09/07/2020   SEND Local Offer Booklet

Lincolnshire County Council has just published their latest version of the Local Offer.  This is a summary of where you can go to find services for children with additional needs.  We hope you find it helpful


02/07/2020   Plans for September

I have been delighted today to receive the official government guidance for the full opening of special schools in September.  

The Government wants us to plan for everyone to be back full time from the beginning of the Autumn term.  There are many challenges to how we will do this including around transport, keeping groups apart, maintaining the highest standards of cleanliness and protecting our most vulnerable children.  There will be specialist risk assessments to do, discussions to have with medical professionals and reorganisation of our spaces.  I have already started work on this with doctors and other health professionals from Public Health England and the NHS.  A word of caution that we may not have solved all of the issues for every pupil by September 3rd but it won’t be for want of trying and I will have been in close touch with anyone affected throughout. 

However, the news of this direction of travel has lifted my mood enormously today.  I have hated being in a position where we have not been able to have everyone in and indeed I have had to turn away children who want to be in school.  I did not come into special education to tell parents that their children could not come to school. 

The many problems we still have to solve to get everyone in are for another day though.  Today is a time for looking forward to all being back together and our community taking another step on the road to normality. 

I would like to put on record my huge appreciation of the support I have received from all parents over the last few months.  Thank you, stay safe and my very best wishes

Richard Gamman



30/06/2020   John Fielding School awarded Artsmark Silver Award

Artsmark is the only creative quality standard for schools and education settings, accredited by Arts Council England.

Artsmark supports settings to develop and celebrate their commitment to arts and cultural education, equipping pupils with the cultural capital they need to succeed in life and nurture their imagination and creativity. Artsmark can help unlock the potential of children and young people, helping them to develop character and talent, and increase their knowledge and understanding. 

We are delighted to announce that thanks to the hard work of Sophie Ground, John Fielding School has received the Artsmark Silver Award!

Through partnerships with local arts organisations such as Boston Theatre Group – The Biz, and by using the Arts as a way of reaching out to the local community, we have successfully integrated the Arts throughout our work at the school.

Pupils have had opportunities to take part in choir performances, including at Sheffield Arena, a performance of Romeo and Juliet at Lincoln Drill Hall, and Christmas performances, to name but a few.

The school’s pupil council representatives decided to introduce termly ‘WOW Days’ to devote teaching and learning time to a range of arts and cultural experiences linked to curriculum topics. Inviting parents into school and sharing the talents of our pupils, celebrating the developments in their confidence and sociability, impressed the assessor:

“Your ambition to share practice and ideas is great and as you make more progress with that it will help consolidate your own learning and development. It was heartening to hear some of the individual stories of progress. We look forward to seeing how your development continues.”




19/06/2020   Update on the building of our new School

Despite so much being closed over the last few months we are pleased that work has been continuing on the site for our new school: Boston Endeavour Academy.  There has been some slippage in the timescale due to coronavirus but the builders are hoping to start work above ground in the next few weeks.’ 

04/06/2020   John Fielding School community raise almost £1,000 with active ‘fun in the sun’ challenge

o summer fayre to look forward to this year due to the Coronavirus pandemic, staff, parents and pupils of The John Fielding Special School used a virtual challenge to raise funds for specialist equipment and resources at the new site they are due to move to in September 2021. 

The idea was simple: challenge yourself to an outdoor physical challenge every day for the whole week of half-term whilst having ‘fun in the sun’. 

Headteacher, Richard Gamman, set himself a target of running 5 miles before breakfast every morning – including a 2am start on the penultimate day of the challenge! Richard would like to express his gratitude to everyone who took part, particularly teaching staff Lucy Allen and Demi Weir for dreaming up and organising the event. 

A number of pupils followed suit with bike rides, walks in the woods and swimming lessons, whilst Makeup by Leanne, a local organisation, raised £210 through an online raffle. 

Not to be outdone, the teaching staff engaged their creative sides with a variety of challenges: 

  • As many kick-ups as possible – each kick-up equated to the number of push-ups to be performed in the second part of the challenge.
  • Socially distanced 3km runs.
  • Running, walking and cycling past the swans… by the teacher of Swans class.
  • Daily dance challenge linked to the home learning topic of Water.
  • Sit-ups in school.
  • 100 squats a day. 

At the time of writing, the school had raised £925, almost doubling their £500 target for the challenge.

Fun in the Sun

01/06/2020   Return to School

We are very much looking forward to welcoming more pupils back to school on 1st June.  All parents whose children are coming into school should have received a letter last week with more information, including timings for arrival.  Please can you stick strictly to these if you are bringing your child to school or be ready for the taxi so that they are not delayed if that is how your child is travelling. 

I am happy to report that after a few staff experienced a period of illness last week all tests have come back negative for coronavirus.  So far, we are very lucky that we have had no confirmed cases of pupils or staff having this virus.  Please help us to try and keep it this way by keeping your child off school if anyone in your family home is experiencing symptoms for a period of 14 days or until a negative test is returned and letting us know the date when symptoms were first noted in your household.  

We do have in place very strict systems for keeping children in their class groups of no more than 4 with the same staff all week.  If we have a confirmed case in any of these class bubbles we will notify you, close the class and follow whatever guidance is in place at the time about preparing for reopening.

I understand that some parents do not yet feel confident to return their children to school.  At the moment official registers are not being maintained so this does not count as an ‘absence’ in the normal sense, leading to any negative record or potential action against you.  I would be happy to talk through what we are doing in school with any parent who would like additional reassurance before considering a return to school.  We will continue to contact all families where children are not returning to school to support with home learning.  Please do continue to interact with us through our Facebook page. 

It may be necessary if more children do wish to return to school while social distancing rules are in place that we need to offer places on a rota basis to families where parents are not key workers.  We will do all we can to offer full time places to the children of key workers. 

I hope that this is our first step on the road back to normal times. 

Richard Gamman 


22/05/2020   John Fielding School prepare for 'fun in the sun' Fundraiser!

At this time of year, the staff and PTA of John Fielding Special School would usually be preparing for their summer fayre. However, with Government restrictions in place around the coronavirus, the school have been forced to think creatively… 

Instead, they are challenging the school community to set themselves a physical challenge every day of the week during half-term to raise funds for specialist equipment and resources at the new site they are due to move to in September 2021. 

Richard Gamman, Headteacher of John Fielding School, will be aiming to run 5 miles each day before 6am, whilst one of the organisers and a member of staff at the school, Lucy Allen, has already committed herself to 3K each day. 

Lucy and co-organiser, Demi Weir, explained: “Although we will soon have a nice, shiny, new building, we will still need to fill it with exciting equipment and resources to support the development of our pupils.  

A lot of the specialist equipment can be very expensive, and therefore we rely on the support of our friends in the community in order to make our dreams and aspirations become a reality.

Many of our pupils live with physical challenges each day but astound us with their determination to overcome their personal barriers. We are joining as a community to have a go at pushing our boundaries and setting a challenge for ourselves.”

The school are encouraging as many people to get involved as possible, from pupils to parents and staff to friends of the school. 

If you are taking part, please send your pictures and videos to the school Facebook page and don’t forget that you can sponsor the school team here:


22/05/2020   Message regarding Coronavirus & Testing

Please help us to keep your children safe by letting us know if anyone in your household tests positive for coronavirus.

The current situation in school is that we have a couple of members of staff at home feeling unwell who have recently taken tests.  We will tell you if we have any positive results.

The Government guidance continues to be that if you have symptoms you should stay off school for 7 days or until you get a negative test result.  If a member of your household has symptoms or tests positive you should self-isolate for 14 days.

Thank you for continuing to follow the guidance and keep us all safe.

Richard Gamman



19/05/2020   Letter on behalf of the Trust

Please click here to view a letter sent on behalf of the Trust.


15/05/2020   Latest Message for Parent/Carers

Dear Parents, Carers and Staff, 

Planning for increasing number of pupils in school 

It is most unusual for me to write a letter to parents and staff but I feel it would be useful for everyone to receive the same message at the same time!  You will all be aware of the Government’s planning to release the lockdown and help us all to return to normal life and we are working hard in school to play our part in doing this safely and responsibly. 

I need to emphasise that everything which follows in this letter is just our planning at this stage and is subject to change as the Government monitors infection rates and adjusts timescales accordingly. 

We are hoping to increase numbers in school from Monday 1st June subject to any changes in Government guidance.

 To do this as safely as possible we will be operating with reduced class sizes of no more than 4 pupils per class.  Our children cannot, for the most part, be expected to understand and follow social distancing rules.  We will therefore keep groups of children and the adults working with them separate from one another at all times.  Obviously, this means we will not be able to re-open for all students and may need to operate on a rota basis if the demand for places is high.  

Children will use their classrooms and outdoor areas for the whole day, including lunches.  The playground will be used on a rota basis with play equipment being brought from classes so that this is not shared.  We will not be using shared rooms such as the hall and the Wow room for pupils for the time being.  No more than 2 class groups will be using any toilet. 

Transport is a time when our risk assessments have identified the greatest potential for cross infection.  For this reason we have a meeting scheduled with Transport Connect for next Wednesday to plan routes into school.  We will ensure that children are not mixing with those from other classes on buses and by staggering arrival and departure times.  This may mean that we need to ask some parents about their capacity to bring children into school temporarily. 

We will have stringent cleaning regimes in place, particularly of door handles and other potential transmission points used by more than one class. 

We will do everything we can to lower arousal levels so that children do not experience anxiety or distress.  Some of our young people under stress do display behaviours that enhance risk, such as spitting, and we may need to be more cautious than usual and ask for some children to remain at home if this becomes problematic and we consider that we are unable to manage the risks to others posed by such behaviour. 

There are some categories of individual who are currently ‘shielded’ because of extreme medical vulnerability.  Current Government guidance is that those people should remain at home and that their family members should only go out whilst rigorously socially distancing.  We do not consider that school can meet the criteria of rigorously socially distancing and therefore staff and students living with ‘shielded’ people cannot be admitted into classes. 

The next step in our planning is for a member of the senior management team (myself, Aaron or Amanda) to phone all parents on either Monday or Tuesday to discuss with you your preferences regarding your child’s return to school.  We will need to ask you about whether you require a full-time place on the basis of your employment or your child’s particular needs.  We will also ask if you are temporarily able to transport your child if Transport Connect cannot offer a place with his or her classmates.  That will enable us to begin work on preparing a rota if this proves necessary. 

We look forward to speaking to you at the beginning of next week.  Please keep phones switched on!

Richard Gamman

Head Teacher

11/05/2020   Latest message for Parent/Carers

Dear Parents/Carers 

I expect that many of you, like me, will have watched the Prime Minister’s speech last night.  You will realise that it was primarily aimed at Primary Schools, rather than offering any specific guidance to Special Schools.  However, it is clear that we are still some way from a plan to re-open schools for anything like normal operating.

 Please be aware that we are working to a number of key principles:

  1. To keep those children and staff in school as safe as we possibly can in a number of ways but particularly by keeping numbers down, groups separated throughout the day and being really careful with hygiene.
  2. We are here to support you.  If you are struggling at home and feel your child needs to be in school, tell us.  We will discuss your situation with you and whether we are able to offer a place, even on a part-time basis.  Families where there are front line workers and particularly vulnerable children must take priority.

Class leads will continue to call you at least once a week to check in.  If you can think of any ways in which we can help you with home learning or any other support for your child, do not hesitate to ask. 

I know that people are experiencing this time in very different ways, from a rare opportunity to spend lots of time with close family to desperate sadness at separation from loved ones.  I know from my conversations with the John Fielding School staff how much they care for your children and that they are in their minds all the time.  We look forward so much to all being together again. 

Stay safe and all best wishes, 

Richard Gamman

Head Teacher

27/04/2020   Year 9 Duel Vaccinations

Please see below information from the School Aged Immunisation Team regarding vaccinations for pupils in Year 9.

Dear Parent/Guardian,

Due to the current Covid-19 outbreak your child’s MenACWY and Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio vaccines will not take place in school this academic year.

PLEASE DO NOT TAKE YOUR CHILD TO THE GP FOR THESE VACCINATIONS unless there is a medical reason for you to do so.

The School Aged Immunisation Service will see your child in school for these vaccinations when they are in year 10. We expect this will be in the Jan-March term. If you had previously arranged a clinic appointment with us we will get in touch with you as soon as possible.

If you have already consented for your child to have these vaccinations you will not need to consent again. If you have not yet consented for your child to have these vaccination a further communication will be sent out via school when pupils return to school on how to consent. 

Thank you for you co-operation at this challenging time. 

Yours sincerely, 

School Aged Immunisation Service

23/04/2020   John Fielding parent 'braves the shave' for Sensory Garden Fundraiser

Members of the general public up and down the country are coming up with inventive ways to keep themselves and their families occupied during the lockdown period, none more so than Cat Henderson, a parent of a pupil from The John Fielding Special School.With the school preparing to move to a new site in Boston in Autumn 2021, renaming to Boston Endeavour Academy and extending provision for severe learning difficulties to pupils with ‘all needs’, staff are excited at the prospect of installing a sensory courtyard at their new setting. 

Cat decided that the lockdown period would be the perfect opportunity to raise funds for the sensory area. 

Handing the scissors and clippers to her children, Cat streamed the shave live from her garden, raising over £800 in the process! You can see the action on The John Fielding Special School Facebook page. 

Richard Gamman, Headteacher of The John Fielding Special School, commented: “It is really exciting to have something to look forward to at such a difficult time for so many people.  As a school, we are really looking forward to moving to our brand new school, Boston Endeavour Academy, next year. 

Cat’s sponsored head-shave really lifted our spirits and the money she has raised will go a long way to make our sensory courtyard a really fabulous resource for the children to enjoy.  We are so grateful to her and everyone who supported her.”

In her live video stream, Cat said how grateful she was to all of the staff at John Fielding for the support they give to her son, Jake, and she was really pleased with the amount raised to provide a great resource for the new school.



16/04/2020   Free School Meal Vouchers

Dear Parents and Carers, 

More free school meals information, I’m afraid!  The Coop gift cards were for the period Monday 23rd March until Friday 3rd April. 

For dates from Monday 6th April the Government has taken control of the process of allocating vouchers.  Hopefully it will work more smoothly. 

We have applied for vouchers for you for the 2 weeks of the Easter holiday and next week, Monday 20th – Friday 24th April.  We will continue to apply for these week by week for as long as your child is not in school or we are not able to access free school meals from our supplier. 

Please click here to view some instructions and frequently asked questions about their scheme. 

We hope that you will receive an email with your e-voucher over the next day or two.  Please check your junk and spam boxes.

Thank you, 


09/04/2020   Free School Meal Vouchers

Free School Meal Vouchers 

I am very sorry that families have not yet received Free School Meal Vouchers for those children who are eligible. 

We have arranged to receive these from the Coop as we felt this was the supplier most accessible for the most parents. 

However, they have been slow to deliver the vouchers which will be sent out to you in the post as soon as we receive them ourselves. 

Thank you everyone for answering calls from teachers and sending through information to our Facebook page and Tapestry.  It is great to see all the creative things you are doing. 

03/04/2020   School Closure over Easter

The school will be closed over Easter.  However, if you need to get in touch with us urgently please call:

07464 483115 or email

03/04/2020   Coronavirus Letter to Parents

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope that you and your families are all still well.  Thank you very much for all the photos you have been sharing of your children involved in all sorts of exciting learning activities. 

The school will be closed over the Easter holidays.  We will be reopening on Monday 20th April but at the moment it looks like the coronavirus crisis may be far from over. 

We will be posting up work ideas for the Easter holidays, do please check the school website and Facebook page regularly. 

It is very likely that we will only be reopening for 2 groups of children and your child will be very welcome if you fall into one of these categories:

  1. Children of key workers, whose parents cannot provide care for them at home whilst they are at work.
  2. Children whose parents or carers are not able to keep them safe at home for whatever reason.

Some other children with designated health conditions will also need to remain at home to shield them from the virus.

 We will be phoning during the second week of the holiday to talk this through with you.  Please understand that we are following the ‘Stay at home, Save lives’ guidance we are all receiving.  We hope that by doing this we will bring forward the time when we can get back to normal and all be together in school again.

With my very best wishes to you, your children and families,

Richard Gamman

Head Teacher

01/04/2020   Well Being and Online Safety advice for parents and carers during extensive periods at home

With the country grasped by a series of measures to restrict movement whilst encouraging people to stay at home, such situations can be difficult for all of us to comprehend. 

It is important that you look after your physical and emotional wellbeing as best as possible.

The Government explain,

‘How a child or young person reacts can vary according to their age, how they understand information and communicate, their previous experiences, and how they typically cope with stress. 

Negative reactions may include worrying thoughts about their health or that of family and friends, fear, avoidance, problems sleeping, or physical symptoms such as stomach ache.’

To help combat such difficulties, they have put together a document to support not only the young people you care for but also your own wellbeing. You can find their advice here. 

Naturally, such restrictions on movement could also result in more time being spent online and using electronic devices.

It is important to have regular conversations with children and young people about staying safe online but it is not always easy to begin such interactions.

This resource from the UK Safer Internet Centreprovides guidance, along with an array of filters and safety mechanisms to ensure everyone in your household is staying safe online.

#wellbeingwednesday is trending on twitter.

30/03/2020   Easter School Closure

Dear Parents and Carers,

Easter Closure 

The school will be closed over Easter between 6th and 17th April. 

Thank you to everyone who has been taking part in the Home Learning Activities, which teachers have devised.  I hope that there has been something for everyone in the range of activities on our Facebook page.  It has been great to see photos of what the children have been up to with their families. 

Obviously, none of us have ever been through times like this before and it is really helpful to us to get feedback on what is working and what we could do differently or additionally to help you.  Please do get in touch to let us know. 

One of us will call towards the end of the Easter holidays to find out if your child is going to need provision during the week beginning 20th April, if we reopen then as expected.  Please be thinking about this so you are ready to let us know your preference. 

It is times like these when I feel so privileged to be part of a community who really do care for one another.  John Fielding School children, families and staff, you are truly wonderful.


30/03/2020   Weekly Learning Plans

Please click on the link below to view our learning plan for this week.


23/03/2020   Weekly Learning Plans

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17/03/2020   Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update

Coronavirus (Covid-19) update

In this fast moving situation I have had to make several changes to the guidance and information sent home yesterday. 

  • We have new Government guidance directing all who are showing symptoms and all members of their families to self-isolate for 14 days. 
  • All pupils who are self-isolating must now therefore remain off school for 14 rather than 7 days.
  • A number of staff who are self-isolating or who have family members who have shown symptoms must now also stay away from school for 14 days.
  • Due to staff shortages we regret we have had to make the decision to close Kingfishers and Flamingos classes.
  • We will continue with all other social distancing measures described in my letter yesterday.
  • We are running short of wet wipes and having difficulty obtaining these.  If your child requires these for personal care and you are able to obtain any spare packs which we may reserve for the use of your child in school this would be very helpful. 

Finally, I would like to thank you and all the staff for pulling together so magnificently at this challenging time.  If you do find yourself in difficult circumstances through this outbreak, do please get in touch, we will do all we can to help.


17/03/2020   Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update

Coronavirus (Covid-19) update number 3 

We have just received further guidance from the Government on those people with underlying medical conditions who are being advised to ‘socially distance’.  The full interpretation of this is down to parents but it does seem to me that this is incompatible with attendance at school.  I know for example that a number of our students have a diagnosis of asthma and this is one condition where social distancing is indicated.  Please read the guidance carefully as there are a number of conditions where social distancing is indicated.

 The full guidance can be found through this link: 

Please could you contact me by email on or on 07464483115 if you now feel that you will now need to keep your child at home.  Please note that any such absence will be recognised as fully justified. 

16/03/2020   Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update

Coronavirus (Covid-19) 

You will probably all be aware that the Government has moved from the ‘Contain’ to the ‘Delay’ phase of managing this outbreak.  The current guidance in brief can be found at the end of this letter.  

In line with my commitment to keep you informed of possible cases in the school community, I have developed a new persistent cough over the week-end that would not normally prevent me from working but I will be self-isolating and working from home this week. Further social distancing measures we will be taking in school are as follows: 

  • We will stop holding meetings on site involving external visitors including parents but excluding essential visits from Health Professionals.  This means EHCPs meetings will be rescheduled.
  • This week’s parents’ evening will be postponed until after Easter.
  • We will not be taking students off site for community based activities until further notice.
  • Staff will be encouraged to self isolate in line with Government guidance and sent home by school if they are presenting with symptoms in school for 7 days.
  • If a child presents in school with any symptoms detailed in the Government guidance, the school will insist the child is self isolated for 7 days at home.
  • If you wish to self isolate your child, during this outbreak, this is a decision school will support.
  • We will adopt internal isolation procedures for our most vulnerable children ensuring that their contact with the wider school community is reduced to an absolute minimum (in effect Flamingos and Kingfishers children will be classroom based with their familiar staff members).
  • We will continue to maintain the highest standards of hygiene through hand washing and management of colds and runny noses.
  • If you are unsure take advice from 111, but please err on the side of caution.
  • Staffing levels will be constantly reviewed to ensure safe running of the school.  If we feel that this can not be achieved, partial or full closure will occur.  Access to resources including items such as sufficient hand sanitiser, may also cause school closure.
  • The above measures are to try and keep all of our school’s community as safe as possible.
  • We have and will share with you by email and on the website the latest Government guidance.
  • Current Government Guidance in brief.  Please check online for latest updates - 
  • To support the delay of the spread of the virus, the Department for Health and Social Care has asked anyone who shows certain symptoms to stay at home for 7 days, regardless of whether they have travelled to affected areas. This means people should stay at home and avoid all but essential contact with others for 7 days from the point of displaying mild symptoms, to slow the spread of infection.

    The symptoms are:

    • A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
    • A new, continuous cough 

    You do not need to call NHS 111 to stay at home. If your symptoms worsen during your stay at home period or are no better after 7 days contact NHS 111 online at If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.


12/03/2020   Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update 

I know that many of you are experiencing heightened anxiety about the well-being of your children and families in relation to the current spread of the coronavirus.  

For that reason I am writing, although there have been no changes to Government advice since my last letter. 

In school, we are all focussing on the key messages to stop the virus spreading: 

  1. Catching coughs or sneezes in tissues and binning them
  2. Frequent washing of hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds 

All staff are aware of the key indicators: flu-like symptoms including fever, cough and difficulty breathing. 

Any staff members experiencing these symptoms have been asked to inform me immediately and seek NHS advice through the 111 helpline.

Please could all families also inform me if there is a confirmed case within their immediate circle of contacts. 

There is an organisation called Well Child, which many of you may be aware of and which has some very useful guidance for families of children with complex health needs.  You can find this at  Annie has posted the link on our social media pages.

Please be assured that the health, well-being and safety of your children is my highest priority at all times and I will be in touch with you if I become aware of any cases linked to our community.  I am keeping myself up to date with the latest Government advice and will act in accordance with this.


26/02/2020   Latest Government Update Re Coronavirus

Please click on the link below to view the latest information from the Government regarding the Coronavirus.


25/02/2020   John Fielding pupil delves into the world of media on Work Experience

John Fielding pupil delves into the world of media on Work Experience 

Post-16 pupils at The John Fielding Special School are currently undertaking week-long work experience placements with various companies in and around the Boston area. 

After showing an interest in media, an avenue he wishes to explore at college, 19-year old Marius joined up with the PR and Communications department of C.I.T Academies to explore different aspects of the media world. 

Here is what Marius achieved during his week with the Multi-Academy Trust: 


Marius designed a school logo using Microsoft PowerPoint, creating all of the objects without any templates. He then explored Stop Motion Animation, taking over 150 pictures to put together an animation film about a school. 

With John Fielding’s Headteacher set to take on the London Marathon, Marius was also tasked with directing, editing and producing a promotional video using iMovie. He developed his own ideas which included using the running track at a nearby school. Marius called the nearby school office and organised the video shoot for Wednesday.


Marius visited Poplar Farm School and Isaac Newton Primary School in Grantham to experience new school environments. He worked on his picture and video shooting techniques, using different methods including panoramic modes, zoom and slow motion. 


Marius took John Fielding’s Headteacher, Richard Gamman, to his video shoot. With a clear idea in mind, he told Richard exactly where he needed him to be and what he needed to do. Marius then put together a stunning one-minute video before publishing on social media with 2,000 hits in the first fortnight! 

The day then concluded with a visit to each classroom at John Fielding, capturing the lessons of each class. Marius then used these to put together a Green Screen Video with a member of staff explaining what each class was doing. 


A task-based day, Marius went around each member of staff to ask them for an opinion on how a school logo should look. Using their ideas, he set to work on another new logo and poster idea. 

Final Day

Marius completed his logo and poster before learning a new animation technique – Stick Animation.

Take a look at all of his content right here:

 *If you are part of/know a business or organisation in the Boston area who would like to work with a dedicated pupil from John Fielding Special School for their Work Experience, please contact Anna Laverty on 01205 363395.


10/02/2020   School staff prepare for running challenges to enhance facilities for pupils

School staff prepare for running challenges to enhance facilities for pupils 

Imagine setting your alarm at 4:30am every morning, going for a training jog and then running an entire school for the rest of the day. That is exactly what Richard Gamman, (Headteacher of John Fielding Special School) is undertaking as he prepares for the London Marathon, even during these cold, icy mornings. 

Dr Gamman is raising money for a Wheelchair Adapted Vehicle (WAV).

 John Fielding is home to children with severe learning difficulties, with some pupils also with an autistic spectrum disorder, epilepsy, a physical disability, sensory impairment, medical needs and/or a communication difficulty.

With the school ethos encompassing the encouragement of pupils to take an active part in the life of the school and to become happy, caring young people capable of contributing to society in a positive way, community visits are essential to prepare pupils for life beyond school.

While the school has two minibuses, they do not have the capacity to transport some of the larger wheelchairs pupils use. This new vehicle will allow these pupils to access the same opportunities as their peers. 

To make sure no pupils miss out on enrichment activities, they wanted to secure a WAV immediately, and thanks to some pump-priming funding from the Community Inclusive Trust, they have been able to secure a vehicle. Now, they need to fund raise for the final payment.

The London Marathon is on Sunday 26th April and one of Dr Gamman’s final training runs will be at the Boston Marathon just a week earlier. He will be joined by 10 colleagues and friends of John Fielding Special School who can opt to run either the half marathon, fun run or full marathon distance.

The team running with Richard at the Boston Marathon will be raising money for a sensory garden at the school.

Follow John Fielding Special School on Facebook and Twitter for regular training updates from both Dr Gamman and the Boston Marathon team.

If you would like to sponsor Dr Gamman in the London Marathon for the school minibus, please visit:

You can also sponsor the team of ten running the Boston Marathon event for the new sensory garden here:

London Marathon


05/12/2019   John Fielding School receives donation from The Boshier-Hinton Foundation

John Fielding Special School have been making improvements to their communication provision for pupils, over the past 18 months. Teachers and TA's have been attending workshops on:

• Picture Exchange Communication (PECS);

• Using signs and symbols in the classroom;

• Core communication training with a Speech and Language Therapist; and

• Makaton.

While the school has made excellent progress regarding staff skills and provision, we are lacking communication equipment.

We are trying to raise £6,000 to purchase new and engaging resources such as switch adapted toys. Switches serve a variety of purposes and will allow pupils to make choices, interact during lessons (i.e. turn the pages of a digital book). Story Sequencers enable our pupils to follow stories and link characters and images to the plot.

This project will help improve our pupil’s communication skills, their parents will also benefit as we create closer parent-school engagement, using Audio Diaries.

Richard Gamman, Head of School, said, “We applied to The Boshier-Hinton Foundation, for funding to support our project and they have kindly donated £2,000, huge thanks to them! We are now fundraising to raise another £4,000 to reach our end target of £6,000.”

If you would like to help, please donate anything you can.

Text “Switch” plus your donation to 70085 to make a one-off donation (e.g. Text Switch20 to make a £20 donation)

03/12/2019   Christmas Craft & Gift Fair

Thank you to everyone who came to support our Christmas Craft and Gift Fair, It was a wonderful afternoon. Well done to the children for working really hard and making some excellent crafts. We managed to raise £259.42, the money raised is going towards the Sensory Courtyard at the new school.

Xmas Fair Xmas Fair

 Xmas Fair Xmas Fair


15/11/2019   Children In Need Day

On Friday we had lots of fun raising money for Children in Need. We enjoyed all of the activities. The disco was a great success and it was lovely to see everyone having fun and dancing together. The tuck shop in seals class was very popular too! A huge thank you to everyone for supporting us and for helping to make the day such a success, we managed to raise a total of £165.64.

Children in Need


05/11/2019   New School Update

“Everyone at John Fielding School is delighted that the plans for the new school have been approved.  We have been working for some considerable time on this project and are delighted the planners appear to have recognised the huge increase in the quality of the provision we will have to offer our students on the new site.  We recognise that our new neighbours will be anxious to have this development nearby but look forward to getting to know them and building good relationships with them”

Pleas click on the link below to view the Story

01/10/2019   John Fielding staff embark on huge fundraising challenge

John Fielding staff embark on huge fundraising challenge  

The John Fielding Special School has taken delivery of a Wheelchair Adapted Vehicle (WAV). While we have two minibuses, they do not have the capacity to transport some of the larger wheelchairs our pupils use. This new vehicle will allow these pupils to access the same opportunities as their peers. 

To make sure no pupils miss out on enrichment activities, we wanted to secure a WAV immediately, and thanks to some pump-priming funding from the Community Inclusive Trust, we have been able to secure a vehicle. Now, we need to fundraise for the final payment. 

We provide our pupils with a wide variety of extra-curricular activities including swimming lessons, college visits, library visits, and shopping in the community. We use adapted mini buses to transport pupils, however, some children have large wheelchairs and a specially adapted vehicle is required for them. 

A specific WAV (Wheelchair Adapted Vehicle) will allow us to continue to offer ALL of our pupils experiences such a: 

Tennis sessions at the Boston Tennis Club;

Gymnastics lessons; 

Theatre trips to Blackfriars; 

Field Trips, i.e. Eureka (The National Children’s Museum); and 

Work Experience placements.  

Headteacher Richard Gamman, is running the London Marathon to help raise funds.  

You can help too by donating. Any amount will be much appreciated. 

Please text the word “WAV” plus your donation amount to 70085 to make a one-off donation (e.g. WAV 20 to make a £20 donation). Or follow this link to donate online:


  Bus Bus



27/09/2019   John Fielding Special School raise over £160 during the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning

John Fielding Special School raise over £160 during the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning 

Friday 27th September was Macmillan Cancer Support’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, where people across the United Kingdom held coffee and cake stalls to raise funds in aid of the fight against cancer. 

John Fielding Special School did their bit for the cause with Seals Class hosting their own coffee morning and inviting their peers and the local community to enjoy a coffee and cake. 

There was a vast array of different cakes available, baked by parents, carers, staff and pupils, ensuring nobody went hungry on Friday morning! 

Assisted by post-16 pupils, the event was a great success with some fantastic serving from the pupils and lots of happy faces amongst the visitors. The chocolate cake was particularly popular! 

The first ever Coffee Morning happened way back in 1990. It was a much smaller affair with a simple idea: guests would gather over coffee and donate the cost of their cuppa to Macmillan in the process. It was so effective, they did it again the next year – only this time nationally. Since then, Coffee Morning has raised over £200 million for Macmillan. 

John Fielding Special School would like to thank everyone who made, baked, donated and bought cakes for the coffee morning, raising £160.70. 

You can see a short film about the morning here


19/09/2019   Police Visit

In Seals class this week we have had a busy week shopping for tuck-shop, swimming and yesterday the Police came to visit as part of our 'People Who Help Us' topic. 

Here are some of the photos of the new Police in town !!

police visit police visit

police visit police visit

11/09/2019   Work for a business in Boston? The John Fielding Special School need your help!

Work for a business in Boston? The John Fielding Special School need your help! 

The John Fielding Special School are looking to start developing work experience placements for their post-16 pupils. 

Pupils can range in age from 2 -19 Years old and all have severe learning difficulties. Some also have an autistic spectrum disorder, epilepsy, a physical disability, sensory impairment, medical needs and/or a communication difficulty. 

The school’s ethos is to encourage their pupils to take an active part in the life of the school and to become happy, caring young people capable of contributing to society in a positive way. 

John Fielding Special School want to develop the skills of their young people so that they are prepared for life beyond school. With this in mind, they regularly engage in community visits outside of school to provide life experiences to pupils.

If you are interested in providing a work experience placement for the post-16 pupils or would like to discuss the initiative further, please contact the school on or 01205 363395.

18/07/2019   Garden Party

We will be holding a garden party, weather permitting, on Thursday 18th July between 1.30 and 2.30.  The children will be enjoying picnics and some informal games together.  It will also be an opportunity for us all to say Good-bye to our departing staff:  Janice Cotgreave, Emma Barnes, Rob Sweere, Jasmine Beck and Tanya Hames.  Parents are very welcome to drop in and join us and say a personal farewell.  The weather forecast is not brilliant so do please check the website before coming in the event of rain.

15/07/2019   Transition Day

Transition Day – Monday 15th July.  Children will be spending the day in the classes they will be in in September with the staff who will be with them then.


21/06/2019   John Fielding pupils prepare to showcase their talents on stage!

John Fielding pupils prepare to showcase their talents on stage!

Post-14 pupils from John Fielding Special School in Boston are set to take to the stage at Blackfriars Theatre and Old Leake Community Centre with their first ever musical show, Rock in Time. Combining their talents with Inspire Lincs, an adult social group that is accessed by some John Fielding pupils when they leave school, this is a show not to be missed!

The pupils, all of whom have severe learning difficulties, have been practising extremely hard for the show at Blackfriars that will open its doors on Tuesday 9th July for one night only. With some of the pupils using wheelchairs, it is the first opportunity for them to operate the new wheelchair access facilities installed at Blackfriars Theatre. However, you can also see the exciting show at Old Leake Community Centre on Tuesday 2nd July! 

The drama will follow the story of Killer Queen and her plot to take over the country and takes you back through the ages of rock and roll with some modern classics also included. 

Lucy Allen, Class Lead at John Fielding, commented: “It has been a pleasure to direct this show with the talented pupils from John Fielding and Inspire Lincs. Everyone has worked incredibly hard learning lines, songs and dance routines, making props, costumes and scenery.   

We hope they are able to perform to a full audience and get the recognition they deserve for all their hard work. We promise a very entertaining evening!” 

The show at Blackfriars begins at 7pm and tickets are just £6 for adults and £5 for Under-16s. Visit to purchase your tickets today!

The show at Old Leake is also a 7pm start with tickets just £3.

   Dolphins Show Dolphins Show

Dolphins Show


20/06/2019   John Fielding School win first place in the special needs category at Lincolnshire Show

John Fielding School win first place in the special needs category at Lincolnshire Show

Pupils from Dolphins class at John Fielding Special School were delighted to win first prize at the Lincolnshire Show for their Eco-Friendly School project.

In front of an impressive display, the pupils presented to the judges all of the work they had undertaken for their project. This included:

  • Researching about being eco-friendly
  • Visiting Lion Plants to learn about growing vegetables
  • Visiting the Sealife Centre to understand water pollution
  • Welcoming a guest from Anglian Water to discuss how to save water
  • Visiting PC World to learn about energy ratings
  • Running a recycling charity shop that involved making and selling vases out of wine bottles, coral reef art work and t-shirt bags
  • Taking empty bottles to the bottle bank
  • Litter picking at school, the park and college
  • Setting up a compost heap
  • Buying recycling bins and containers for every class and putting up signs around school to turn taps and light switches off
  • Cooking a vegetarian meal for the whole school
  • Gardening and planting vegetables
  • Planting bee friendly flowers and making a bee house
  • Planning Earth Day for the whole school
  • Saving batteries to recycle

And If that wasn’t enough, they also provided seed bombs to grow bee friendly flowers for all of the judges before fielding some testing questions.

Pupils from Dolphins class said “we are really excited for the trophy to be engraved with our school name on!”

17/06/2019   John Fielding supports BREAKPOINT 2019 at Boston Tennis Club.

On Monday 17th June some of the children from Otters, Swans and Seals class participated and supported the charity event, BREAKPOINT 2019 at Boston Tennis Club. BREAKPOINT 2019 is attempting to make people aware of the many benefits that playing sport, particularly tennis, can have on mental well-being, so we were all really excited to support such an important charity.  

Firstly, we took part in a tennis  lesson with the coaches Will and Emma. The children were all superstars and took part in a range of activities.  They then all enjoyed a yummy lunch in the clubhouse before finally going to support Robin, the lady whom is currently attempting to hit the balls 200,000 times during her visits to tennis clubs throughout June 2019. The children then helped by taking it in turns to pick up all of the balls she was hitting and wishing her good luck for the rest of her challenge! 

We are all very proud of the children for supporting a charity within our local community and representing John Fielding so well! :) 

Tennis Tennis

Tennis Tennis

Tennis Tennis 



11/06/2019   Raising Funds for John Fielding Special School

Great news!

John Fielding Special School is registered with easyfundraising! This is literally free money for John Fielding School every time you shop online! Over 3,600 big name retailers are included, such as Amazon, Argos, John Lewis, ASOS, eBay, and M&S. Every time you shop, we receive a small donation to say ‘thank you!’ It’s completely free

Please sign up and help us at

23/05/2019   Outdoor Classroom Day

On Thursday 23rd May the whole school took part in the national Outdoor Classroom Day to promote the importance of  the use of the outdoor learning in schools. Each class had the challenge to take part in at least one of their lessons using the outdoor spaces around school. There was lots of learning taking place throughout the day and fun was had by all! 

Outdoor Day Outdoor Day

Outdoor Day Outdoor Day

Outdoor Day


22/05/2019   Sports Day

We had a fantastic Sports Day, thank you to all the friends and families who came to join us this afternoon. Please click on the link below to see a short video of all the different activities the pupils took part in.

 Sports Day Sports Day 

Sports Day  Sports Day

Sports Day   Sports Day

Sports Day  Sports Day

Sports Day  Sports Day


20/05/2019   Consultation Evening Postponed

Further to the letter from Daran Bland dated 10th May regarding a consultation meeting for the new build John Fielding School to be held on 22nd May at 4pm, I’m afraid this meeting has been postponed.  I would like to emphasise that this is not because of any problem regarding the plans or the timescale but simply to allow a little more time for the developers and Lincolnshire County Council to prepare a detailed presentation.  We hope to be able to get back to you with a revised date during next term and look forward to unveiling what is looking like a very exciting project then.

17/05/2019   JFS celebrate Earth Day

John Fielding School celebrate Earth Day as part of their Eco-Friendly School project

Incorporated within their Lincolnshire Show Schools Challenge, John Fielding School are working towards becoming an Eco-Friendly School. Pupils have already set up recycling and compost bins around the school and enjoyed a visit from Anglian Water who presented activities about saving water. The whole school then took part in Earth Day, an annual event celebrated around the world to demonstrate support for environmental protection. A range of activities were utilised on a carousel basis, investigating healthy eating, recycling and looking after the environment. Pupils made musical instruments out of recyclable materials to play and sing along to an Earth Day song, whist also junk modelling an environmentally friendly town. Classes baked Earth cupcakes, made vegetarian snacks and enjoyed fruit smoothies. Such activities helped them to explore the textures, smell and taste of different foods, whilst combining with National Vegetarian Week. Some pupils then investigated ocean pollution using sensory equipment and planted seeds to promote bees and butterflies. As the plants start to grow, the respective classes will plant them in the sensory garden area.

Earth Day  Earth Day

Earth Day  Earth Day

Earth Day  Earth Day

30/04/2019   Swans Class enjoy Outdoor Learning

We enjoyed our outdoor learning in Swans Class this week. Whilst looking for signs of Spring we found flowers, a ladybird and some blossom on the trees!

Swans Class Swans Class

Swans class Swans Class

Swans Class


15/03/2019   Red Nose Day

On Friday we had lots of fun raising money for Red Nose Day. We enjoyed all of the activities. The disco was a great success and it was lovely to see everyone having fun and dancing together. The cake stall was very popular too! A huge thank you to everyone for supporting us and for helping to make the day such a success, we managed to raise a total of £170.58

Red Nose Day Red Nose Day 

Red Nose Day Red Nose Day

Red Nose Day Red Nose Day 

11/03/2019   Parent and Teacher Association Meeting

The next meeting will be the annual general meeting whereby you can put yourself forward for the roles of chairperson, treasurer and secretary. We struggled to fill these roles last year which made maintaining the group difficult. The meeting will be held on Monday 11th March at 4:30pm. We hope to see you there.


08/03/2019   World Book Day

On Friday we enjoyed celebrating World Book Day with a Roald Dahl theme. The children enjoyed lots of fun activities including, cooking, crafts, dressing up, sensory stories and science experiments. It was a great day and we all had lots of fun!

World Book Day  World Book Day

World Book Day  World Book Day

World Book Day  World Book Day

World Book Day  World Book Day

05/03/2019   Pancake Day

We have had lots of fun celebrating Pancake Day today. Each class made pancakes using a recipe from a different country. We made pancakes from Finland, Poland, UK, USA, Mexico, Australia and Greece. After tasting them in our classes, we had a pancake relay race in house teams on the playground. In the afternoon, we all shared some of our pancakes in the Hall. It was a fantastic day!

Pancake Day

Pancake Day Pancake Day 

Pancake Day Pancake Day  

26/02/2019   John Fielding School needs You!

Following the Department for Education’s call for a digital revolution in classrooms last summer, John Fielding have joined Rocket fund, a free crowdfunding platform for schools.

We're fundraising for IPads to support the education of our pupils.

Help us by supporting our project on

Or just search for 'John Fielding' on Rocket Fund.

Every Donations, big or small, helps!

The first 40 schools to reach £250 receive an extra £250



15/02/2019   Ducks class celebrate the arrival of the Ofsted report saying that John Fielding is a ‘GOOD’ School

Ofsted Report

Staff at John Fielding School were delighted to receive the report following our recent Ofsted inspection. We feel that what we are all about can be summed up in the line from the report, ‘The school is a harmonious environment where pupils make good progress and are well prepared for life after school’.

Please click here to read the full report.


11/02/2019   Dolphins Class Open pop-up Community Shop

Pupils from Dolphins class put their work skills to the test as they invited people from the local community to their second-hand shop during the last week of term.

There were a variety of items available to buy, from clothes to games and books to jewellery. All of the pupils experienced the life skills of selling products and working with money as they built further links with the community.

John Fielding School already work with local organisations such as Boston Tennis Club and Boston College, whilst providing regular trips in and around the community to help develop communication skills, as is the emphasis of the learning outcomes within school.

Pupils, parents, carers, staff and members of the public all helped to provide the large quantity of items for sale, helping to bring the pupils’ recycling topic to life. The money raised will go towards a residential trip and resources for the Sea Life centre in Hunstanton.

The John Fielding School Facebook page posted, “Work experience activities such as this in school are a great opportunity for our pupils to develop work experience skills in a familiar environment. We are always looking for opportunities to interact with the local community and show off the great things our pupils have been doing.”

The shop is just one of many projects at John Fielding aiming to help it become an eco-friendly school. This particular project acts as a re-using initiative to reduce landfill waste and will be presented at the Lincolnshire Show in June.

Keep an eye on that and the school Twitter account (@JohnFieldingSch) to see what events are coming next.        


31/01/2019   John Fielding School Welcomes OFSTED

The pupils and staff of John Fielding School welcome Mr Martin Finch and Mrs Heather Hawkes.  We hope that as many pupils, parents and staff as possible will let Ofsted know their thoughts about the school.  You can find out more about the Inspection and how to let Ofsted know your views in the documents below.

Letter to Parents

School Inspection - a guide for parents 


18/12/2018   John Fielding School has a visit from Santa

We all enjoyed a Christmas sing-a-long and dance before a very special visitor came to see us at school today. The children loved seeing Santa and were super excited to open their gifts!

What  a lovely afternoon!

Santa  Santa

Santa  Santa



03/12/2018   Swans Class Trip to Baytree to see Santa

Swans Class have began our Christmas celebrations with a visit to Baytree’s Winter Wonderland. The highlight of the trip was definitely meeting Santa, we all asked him for a favourite toy and wished him a Merry Christmas. What a fantastic day to get us in the festive mood!

  Santa  Santa



26/11/2018   Indian Experience Day

This term, some of the classes have been learning about the festival of Diwali. On Monday we had a special visit from Sunita Patel. She shared the story of Diwali with some of the pupils. They had great fun helping her with the actions! After that, we all had the opportunity to dress up in Indian clothing and to explore the different materials. Sunita also taught us some Bollywood dancing moves and we had lots of fun trying them out. It was a fantastic day!

Indian  Indian

Indian  Indian

Indian   Indian

23/11/2018   Dolphins Class Celebrate Thanksgiving in style

Dolphins Class celebrate Thanksgiving in style

Pupils from Dolphins Class put their culinary skills to the test as they celebrated Thanksgiving with their peers.

Thanksgiving is a national holiday celebrated in Canada and the United States as a way of giving thanks for the blessing of harvest. In the United States it is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November which fell on the 22nd this year.

The morning started with the Dolphins’ café. The oldest students in the school made an array of Thanksgiving treats including ‘turkey drumsticks’ (skilfully made out of rice krispies), sweet potato pie and a cranberry salad.

Each class were invited to spend some time with their older peers as the post-16 students split into roles to take the orders, make drinks and serve the food. Such a task is aligned with the John Fielding mission of developing the skills of their young people so they are prepared for life beyond school.

Café takes place every week and is clearly enjoyed by every pupil as a whole school event, developing teamwork and social skills.

Yet that isn’t the end of the cooking exploits for the John Fielding pupils on a Friday. After voting on what they would like to eat and doing a food shop earlier in the week, the post-16 pupils also cook dinner for the day. Continuing the Thanksgiving theme, chicken was on the menu for this particular week with peach cobbler for dessert.

Pupils again took on different roles with specific targets as some peeled the vegetables and others prepared the meat whilst following instructions. It is clear to see just how much every youngster enjoys their specific role as a part of the team.

And the meal really did taste as good as it looks!

Lucy Allen, Acting Class Lead , explained: “The children are working towards their OCR Life Skills qualification in an holistic way that embeds life skills for when they leave school. They really enjoy cooking and do a fantastic job of working together.”

Please click on the link below to view our video.


Cafe  Cafe

Cafe  Cafe



23/11/2018   Seals Class enjoying Musical Instruments

“This week the children in Seals have been looking at musical instruments that have been kindly given to the school from Janice our Home School Liaison Officer, the children have really enjoyed looking at them and playing them. 

The children all wrote thank you letters to Janice as well.

Seals  Seals

Seals  Seals

Seals  Seals

22/11/2018   Penguins weekly trip to Trinity Church Coffee Morning

Penguins class have enjoyed their weekly visit to Holy Trinity Church coffee morning. Pupils are working hard on choice making, matching and asking for more using Makaton sign.

Coffee Morning

16/11/2018   Children In Need Day

On Friday we had lots of fun raising money for Children in Need. We enjoyed all of the activities. The discos were a great success and it was lovely to see everyone having fun and dancing together. The cake stall was very popular too! A huge thank you to everyone for supporting us and for helping to make the day such a success, we managed to raise a total of £161.34.

Children In Need  Children In Need

Children In Need  Children In Need

Children In Need  Children in Need

Children In Need 

08/11/2018   Festival of Remembrance

This week in Seals Class we have been looking at Remembrance and how it is important to remember the brave people who fought in the wars.  We visited Boston Stump to look at the Festival of Remembrance, the children really engaged with the various beautiful displays all around the Church.  Then later in the week we turned our bike container into an air raid shelter for our history lesson and the children pretended that they were evacuees, in the air raid shelter the children could take part in many different activities that had been set up for them, they could make poppy wreaths, bravery medals and aeroplanes, we even had artifacts from the both World Wars brought into school for them to look at and explore.  

On Friday Seals class are taking part in Boston Schools Remebrance Parade at the Boston War Memorial, this has been organised by the Boston Branch of the Royal British Legion. 

Boston Stump  Boston Stump 

Boston Stump  Boston Stump

Boston Stump  Poppy

Memorial  Remembrance

Rememberance  Rememberance



06/11/2018   Flamingos Class Trip to Boston Stump

Flamingos Class had a trip to Boston Stump today and were able to have a go at ringing the Church Bells!.

Boston Stump  Boston Stump  

Boston Stump   Boston Stump

18/10/2018   Penguins Class Trip to Rand Farm Park

Penguins class had a lovely day at Rand Farm Park. We saw cows, pigs, donkeys, roosters, lambs, horses, and even saw a baby chick hatch in the incubator. 

We all loved our ride in the tractors trailer, we went into the field and it was really bumpy, it made us all smile and laugh. We saw some alpaca’s and some goats on our tractor ride before going back to the farm for our lunch. 

Rand Farm Park  Rand Farm Park

Rand Farm Park  Rand Farm Park

Rand Farm Park  Rand Farm Park

18/10/2018   How John Fieling Pupils Integrate with the Boston Community

How John Fielding pupils integrate with the Boston community

John Fielding Special School caters for young people between the ages of 2 and 19 Years old who have severe learning difficulties. Some pupils also have an autistic spectrum disorder, epilepsy, a physical disability, sensory impairment, medical needs and/or a communication difficulty.

Their Mission Statement reads: We are a caring and respectful family, committed to maximising the learning and development of our students, supporting them to become happy and fully-included members of their community.

Although John Fielding pupils integrate with the community on a daily basis, Wednesday is their designated day of the week for an action-packed schedule of engaging opportunities

The morning begins with the oldest pupils in the school, Dolphins Class, splitting off into two groups – the younger set from the class (14 – 16 Years old) go swimming at the Royal Princess Sports Centre, whilst the second group (16 – 18 Years old) travel to Boston College for cooking workshops.

Several children within Penguins class (11 – 14 Years old) also join their peers in the pool. Supported by five members of staff, there is an abundance of smiles on everyone’s faces, making the logistical challenges of travel well worth the journey.

Integrating with the school ethos, the session takes place alongside a general swim for the public, supporting community engagement for the young people. Clearly a highlight for the pupils (and staff), they float around on woggles and bounce up and down in the water. Challenges are set, supported and praised as pupils develop their confidence and enthusiasm in the water. There is overwhelming excitement as a young boy called Ryan begins to demonstrate breaststroke without any guidance.

Over at Boston College, pupils from John Fielding join their peers from The Garth School, part of The Spalding Special Schools Federation. The workshop begins with a theoretical session, looking at ingredients and understanding the recipe behind their latest task.  They then head to the kitchen where the pupils set about creating their product for the week – on this particular day it was lemon yoghurt muffins.

Attendees from both schools work together to follow the instructions on their recipes. Again, smiles are spread across the faces of every pupil and member of staff.

A young baker, Michael, explains: “cooking is my favourite part about school. But tasting our food is even better!” The passion is reciprocated across the group who explain all of the different foods they have made during these sessions, developing confidence for when they move away from home.

The afternoon is also just as busy for John Fielding pupils. Some of the younger children from Seals class travel over to the impressive Boston Tennis Club, not only to develop their physical literacy but also to hone their teamwork skills through a variety of skills-based exercises in pairs and small groups.

Meanwhile, the majority of pupils who go swimming head over to Asda. The start of each week sees Dolphins class voting on what they would like to make and cook for a meal on Friday. Half the class then plan how they are going to cook their main meal and dessert before writing down a list of ingredients.

The rest of the class then go to Asda to work as a team to ensure they select and buy all of the relevant products. Continuing the aim of developing life skills, pupils then take it in turns to scan and pack their selections at the self-service checkout after negotiating their way around the busy aisles. Tacos and flapjacks are on the menu for this particular week!

The whole day underpins the dedicated work of the John Fielding staff on a regular basis with the ethos to: “encourage our pupils to take an active part in the life of the school and to become happy, caring young people capable of contributing to society in a positive way.”

Follow the journey of John Fielding pupils at and via their social media pages @JohnFieldingSch (Twitter) and The John Fielding Special School (Facebook).

  Community  Community

Community    Community

Community    Community


15/10/2018   Ducks Class trip to Tattershall Farm Park

This term Ducks class has been looking at the topic ‘Houses and Homes.’ We thought this would be a great opportunity to have a class trip to Tattershall Farm park to explore animal homes! The class had the chance to investigate where a number of farm animals may live. The children got to look, stroke and even feed some of the animals! We all had a fantastic time and are looking forward to our next class trip.

Tattershall Farm Park     Tattershall farm Park

Tattershall Farm Park     Tattershall Farm Park

20/09/2018   New Mini Bus Arrival

Rory Underwood presents new mini bus to John Fielding School

Rory Underwood, former England Rugby Union Player, visited John Fielding Special School in Boston this week, to hand over keys to a brand new mini bus.

The Lord’s Taverners Minibus programme has been operating for over forty years and since the programme began in 1976 over 1,200 minibuses have been donated to special educational schools and organisations throughout the UK.

The iconic green minibuses enable schools to engage pupils in sporting and recreational activities and help them develop life skills such as visiting shops and interacting with people in the local community. 

John Fielding Special School have fundraised ourselves to afford the £17,000 self-help contribution towards the new bus.

Richard Gamman, Head of School, “It has been a pleasure to welcome Rory Underwood, and representatives from Lord and Lady Taverners here today to officially present our new Mini Bus.

It is our mission at John Fielding School to prepare our young people to make a contribution to their community but to do that we need to be out there – at the local shops, the swimming pool, the college, the Church, in the town centre and further afield.  It is a mini bus that enables us to achieve that and now having this new bus from Lord’s Taverners we can support our student’s ability to be part of, to be visible in, cope with and enjoy their local community.” 

Rory Underwood, added, “It’s been great to visit the school today and meet the pupils and staff. It’s such a pleasure to hand over a Lord’s Taverners mini bus to another great cause.”

Mini Bus  

Mini Bus


Mini Bus

18/09/2018   Launch of new Facebook Page for CIT

We have just launched a brand new Facebook page for C.I.T Academies. 

With the vast majority of parents holding a social media profile, Facebook provides one of the easiest ways to share news, events and messages from all of our schools across the Trust, whilst developing stronger community links.

You can find the page by searching @citacademies1 on Facebook or going to


11/07/2018   Little Ducks Trip to Skegness

Little Ducks had a fun day out at Skegness on Wednesday.

Skegness Trip    Skegness Trip  Skegness Trip

                       Skegness Trip

29/06/2018   School Disco

We had a great time with Caterpillar Club disco who came into school and provided us with a great farewell party for Mickael who is leaving us to move to Portugal.  Good luck Mickael, we will all miss you lots.

School Disco     School Disco    School Disco

School Disco    School Disco  School Disco

School Disco  School Disco 

11/06/2018   Outing to Sam Newson Music Centre

Staff and Pupils were invited along to Sam Newson Music Centre today to watch a production by Boston College students' of Disney Greats. Everyone had a wonderful time. Thanks for inviting us, we really enjoyed the show.

Disney Production

Disney Production

Disney Production

03/05/2018   Wow Room Opening

WOW Room for John Fielding School

As you will know, we have been fundraising like crazy for the past 12 months to raise money to refurbish our old and worn down Sensory Room. The room was devised 9 years ago, and with the equipment being used on a daily basis, it became in a poor state of repair.  Many items had to be removed completely and the room could eventually only be used as a calming space for pupils. The space required complete refurbishment and the purchase of new bespoke sensory equipment.

The project was led by staff member, Lucy Allen, who with help from other staff, helped to organise a summer fair last year that kicked off their fundraising efforts with a very respectable £5,000! Further donations then came in from local resident, Mrs Dugdale, along with local businesses: Freshtime UK Limited, The Medlock Charitable Trust, Coveris UK, Boston Netball Club, Lord Taverners, The Waynflete Charitable Trust, Headway Lincolnshire, Boston Freemasons, and Boston Lions Club; John Fielding School eventually raised over £30,000 for their project!

The sensory room installation is now complete and has a new name - ‘The Wow Room’. The interactive room now provides a space for the pupils to engage and explore the environment, giving them positive effects on their ability to react and interact with the larger world around them.  Sensory Learning is an instrumental part of the learning process for special needs pupils, providing another way to learn skills through sensory interaction.

Richard Gamman, Head of School, “It has been fabulous to watch this project come to fruition over the past few months. I am so grateful to all of the sponsors who have supported the project. We are delighted that so many were able to join is today and see for themselves the impact of the resources they helped to provide, will have on the learning and enjoyment of our pupils throughout the school.”

An official opening was held on Thursday 3rd May. The Mayor of Boston, Cllr Bernard Rush, cut the ribbon, officially opening ‘The Wow Room’.

Steve Evans, Managing Director of Freshtime UK said, “The Freshtime Futures Trust was set up 18 months ago to help support children and teenagers up to the age of 24 in and around the Boston area. The aim of the Trust is to support young adults, whether it be in education, sporting grants or apprenticeships.”

“When we received the application for the ‘Wow Room’ at John Fielding it was a perfect fit with what the Trust is trying to achieve. We were pleased to be able to offer a reasonable donation in order to help such a large group of children.”

Yvonne Wood, representing Lord’s Taverners, who also supported the project, said, “It has been a pleasure to be here today, a year on from my first visit in support of their application. To see all the youngsters thoroughly enjoying their experiences in ‘The Wow Room’ has been lovely.”

Pictured in main Photograph:

Mayor of Boston, Cllr Bernard Rush

John Stokes, Head of Procurement at Freshtime UK

Steve Evans, Managing Director of Freshtime UK

Yvonne Wood, Lord’s Taverners

Dr Richard Gamman, Head of John Fielding School

Lucy Allen from John Fielding School

Louie Wong & Fred Clarke from Boston Freemasons

Demi-Lee Garwell & Becky Young from Coveris

Loraine Stevens from Boston Bowls Club

Local resident, Mrs Dugdale

Chris Jones, Site Manager of John Fielding School

Demi Weir, Apprentice at John Fielding School

 Sensory Room Opening   Sensory Room Opening  Sensory Room Opening


17/04/2018   Eureka moment for John Fielding pupils!

Eureka moment for John Fielding pupils!

John Fielding School have won a £500 award from The Institute of Physics to hire a Jumbulance coach so that they could transport their pupils to the Eureka Science Museum in Halifax.

This fantastic news meant that children with disabilities could enjoy a long awaited, fun filled day out with their class mates!

Due to the rurality of Lincolnshire and pupils’ disabilities we can be restricted in providing field trips any further afield than Boston. In the upcoming term, two classes will be focusing their studies on a 'Space and Science Project'. To fully engage the pupils and provide them with an inclusive and interactive science experience, teachers felt strongly about taking the children to Eureka, The National Children's Museum in Halifax.

Thanks to The Institute of Physics, this longed for trip could finally take place.

John Fielding School were awarded £500 from The Institute of Physics to hire a Jumbulance coach to transport their pupils to the Science Museum! The Jumbulance is a high spec coach which possess large changing facilities, a kitchen and wheelchair access to meet the needs of the pupils on their two and a half hour journey to the museum.

The excitement from the pupils hit fever pitch on Tuesday morning at 7.30am when the special coach arrived. The children had a fantastic day out and fun, trouble free journey too.

Richard Gamman, Head of School, “We were so grateful to have this support from the Institute of Physics. It has enabled the children to travel to the fabulous Eureka Museum near Halifax.  It simply would not have been viable to take our group of children with complex health and care needs so far without the Jumbulance.  At the museum itself the exhibits and activities engaged the children throughout the visit. The trip was a great success.”

Eureka Trip        

Eureka   Eureka


16/03/2018   World Book Day Celebrations

Staff and pupils had lots of fun dressing up today for World Book Day. Everyone had fun taking part in difference activities and listening to a range of stories led by different Teachers. Prizes were awarded for the best costumes and it was all finished off with a Mad Hatters Tea Party in the afternoon!

World Book Day 


14/03/2018   Double Success at the Apprenticeship Awards 2018

Congratulations to Demi Weir and Richard Gamman from John Fielding School in Boston! They both won awards at a fantastic evening celebrating successes of Apprentices and Employers at the Apprenticeship Awards 2018.

The event was held at Boston College and Demi won for 'Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools' and Richard won a special award for his 'Individual Contribution to Apprenticeships', from his work at both The Garth School and John Fielding School. 

Richard Gamman, Head of John Fielding School, said, "I was delighted to be invited along to the Boston College Apprenticeships Award Ceremony on Thursday 8th March because one of our Year 2 Apprentices, Demi Weir, had been nominated as Apprentice of the Year.  I was absolutely thrilled when it was then announced that Demi had beaten off 14 other Apprentices from other disciplines, ranging from Building to Baking, to win the overall award of Apprentice of the Year!" 
"Later in the evening, I was pleased to have the chance to collect an award on behalf of C.I.T. for ‘Continued Support of Local Apprentices’.  This gave me the chance to explain how much the organisation benefits from the energy, enthusiasm and commitment of Apprentices like Demi.  I was able to tell the audience about how Demi comes into work with an unfailingly positive mindset, has astonishing rapport with our students and a natural gift for this line of work."
"The evening ended with a surprise when I was given the final award for ‘Individual Contribution to Apprenticeships’.  This was in recognition of work at The Garth School and John Fielding School, which both have had vibrant Apprenticeship programmes and a real commitment to developing our Apprentices to be the TAs, Teachers and School Leaders of the future."

 To see the full story please click on the link below:-


26/02/2018   Latest SEND Consultation Event

If you wish to hear more about the plans please come along to a consultation event next Monday 26th February 2018 at The Supreme Inn, Bicker Bar, Bicker, Boston PE20 3AN at 6pm. School Staff, other parents and carers and Local Authority staff will be there. If yu havn't done so already please complete the consultation at:

Click on the link COMPLETE SEND CONSULTATION We need as many parents as possible to say, 'yes please' to persuade councillors that this plan has public backing.


02/02/2018   'Go Orange Day'

Staff and pupils dressed up as Umpa Lumpar's or wore something orange to raise money for 'Go Orange Day' in support of Muscular Dystrophy UK . Lots of different activities were taking place throughout the school and everyone had a great time. We managed to raise £65.50.

Go Orange Day

Go Orange Day




17/01/2018   Tesco Bags for Help Initiative

We need your votes please!

John Fielding School is bidding to bag a cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative. 

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of up to £4,000, up to £2,000 and £1,000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores awarded to local community projects.

Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

John Fielding School is one of the groups on the shortlist. Our project:

‘Boosting pupil wellbeing through outdoor learning’

At John Fielding Special School we strive to provide a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum designed to meet the unique needs of all of their pupils. Our pupils range in age from 2 -19 Years old and all have severe learning difficulties, some also have an autistic spectrum disorder, epilepsy, a physical disability, sensory impairment, medical needs and/or a communication difficulty.

We work hard to develop the skills of our young people so that they are prepared for life beyond school. And this is where the "Boosting pupil's wellbeing" idea came from.

The best way to get the most out of the classroom is to leave it and take learning outside. Outdoor learning can make for happier, healthier, well-rounded students, particularly for those with special educational needs.

John Fielding School has an area on school grounds that has been utilised as best it can as a horticulture area for pupils. This gives the children time to play and explore in the soil, incorporating play and gross motor skills. It also reduces muscle tension and builds endurance and hand dexterity. They have also found it helps lessen negative feelings, anxieties, aggressive tendencies, and helps to reduce tactile defensiveness.

The dream is to expand on the current, basic horticultural area in order to create a fully inclusive and working outdoor environment. They would like to install a wheelchair friendly pathway accessing each work station, 3 composting beds, 5 raised planting beds, an outdoor workspace, and the planting of sensory flowers throughout the area. 

Richard Gamman, Head of School, said:

“We are very lucky to have an area on the school site that we can use for outdoor learning. We have created the current facilities as best we can, but now need a funding injection to make the area fully inclusive so that our wheelchairs can access the work stations and planting beds. If you are shopping in Tesco please support John Fielding School with your tokens, thank you so much”.

Voting is open in all Tesco stores throughout January and February. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £40 million to 9,700 projects up and down the UK. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Alec Brown, Head of Community at Tesco, said:

 “We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for January and February. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see these come to life in hundreds of communities.”

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said:

 “We’ve been thrilled to see the diversity of projects that have applied for funding, ranging from outdoor classrooms, sports facilities, community gardens, play areas and everything in between.

“We’re looking forward to learning the results of the customer vote and then supporting each group to bring their project to life.”


08/01/2018   Consultation on Building Communities of Specialist Provision

Building Communities of Specialist Provision for Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities in Lincolnshire. Consultation begins on 8th January and runs until 14th March 2018. You can find out more details by going to

Please click here to read the consultation letter from Lincolnshire County Council

Please click here to read the SEND Strategy Summary


23/11/2017   Donation from Headway Lincolnshire

Lots of thanks go to Headway Lincolsnhire who donated £435.19 towards the Sensory Room Project. Daran Bland received the money from Paul and his son Jay! Jay and his family receive Portage and come into school to use some of our resources, including the current Sensory Room. It will be great to see him using the new one!