The History of our School
Originally built as a four teacher Infant School and opened in 1968; Hawthorn Tree Corner Community Primary School, has undergone a long and successful life to date. Generations of Boston families have now benefitted from the education provided by Hawthorn Tree School.
In the late 1960's Boston was expanding eastwards along Eastwood Road with infilling of estates along the old roads and original farmhouses. The Pilgrim Hospital was built and the town was growing.
Mr John Ball was the school's first Headteacher and remained at the school until 1985 when he was succeeded by the then deputy head teacher Mr Roy Pearson (1985-1997). Mr Tony Eaves, deputy to Mr Pearson, acted as interim head for one year before Mr Paul Carter then became the schools third headteacher (1998-2000) with Mr Martin Lister completing his seventeen years as head in 2018. Mr James Kelwick was appointed the schools fifth head teacher in 2018. In 2020, Mrs. Kadar and Mr. Brady, the current Deputy and Assistant head, led the school in an interim period until Mrs. Palmer, current Headteacher was appointed in 2021.
As a popular and oversubscribed school, the school has seen a number of minor and major building programmes. The most recent of which was over 2012 to 2014 when the Department for Education allocated £1.73 million to extend the school from a planned admissions number of 40 children in each year group to 60. In September 2017, the school completed its internal expansion with every year group boasting two classes for each year group.
The 2012 development benefitted the school tremendously in many ways. An increase in pupil numbers has meant the school has a larger team to support the safety, emotional support and ultimately a high standard of education we provide for our children. We pride ourselves on educating the whole child so that they are able to succeed in their learning journey and fulfil their dreams in life, careers and become a caring human being in our world. We are a school that serves the community and this is a skill we wish our children to embed within them. We have two Reception classes which have been refreshed and have a purpose built outdoor area so learning can be planned beyond the classroom environment. The four classes in KS1 were designed tgo be spacious and equipped with an interactive white board, computers and access to iPads.
Across KS2, each class has been modernised and equally equipped with an interactive white board, computers and iPads to enhance the provision for the children. Our curriculum is subject lead, fufilling the requirements of the National Curriculum (2014) whilst creating good cross-curricular links that increases the children's subject knowledge year on year whilst providing an enjoyable curriculum for enquiring minds. In addition to this we have a plethora of extra-curricular provision to develop the whole child, this is led by our sports leader, music leader and arts leader.
Our extracurricular provision and success of our pupils in competitions and music and sporting experiences. Furthermore, our children are taught by music specialists and there is extra tuition for flute, guitar and brass instruments. Overall, all our staff care for the children in their everyday learning and school experience, as a team we do everything we can for our children to reach their full potential and beyond.
Our school is a community school and has strong local links. Over many years we have been supported by and sustained a strong Parents and Friends Association. The 'PFA' run an annual summer fayre (the last Saturday in June) a Christmas Fayre (from 2015), three children's discos and Christmas parties. The PFA raise substantial funding in many ways which bring a wealth of additional support for the school.
What does the future hold? Plans are progressing for additional house building on land adjacent to the school, a new Hawthorn Tree Community Children's Centre has been built and requires completion before opening and additional land for the school has been allocated where it is hoped a the school environmental area and allotment will be developed.