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Big lift for Boston's newest school

Boston's newest school is mostly here... on the back of lorries from a manufacturing plant in Ireland.

By Monday, June 16, the two-storey school taking shape in Fydell Crescent will be 60 per cent built.

Boston Pioneers Free School Academy is revitalising what has been a derelict eyesore former garage site for years.

In recent weeks the site has been cleared of all the old former Ford buildings and piles driven in as supports for the new buildings.

On Monday the first prefabricated classrooms were lifted into position using a giant crane constructed on site.

Head teacher Jo Bland, a proud "Boston girl", said all the classrooms for the 420-pupil capacity school had already arrived in town from Ireland and were all waiting to be craned onto the site. Only the hall, library and office will be traditional build.

The school will be open to its first intake of 120 pupils in September. Those aged four to seven will be accommodated on the ground floor and seven to 11-year-olds will have classrooms on the upper floor. The intake will increase by 60 a year until it meets its 420 capacity.

The school will include all the latest and best in education, including an amazing "4D" classroom. This will allow images to be screened on all walls and the floor, where the images become interactive.

Jo said: "The children could be in any virtual environment - inside a volcano, in space, under the sea. It is the latest thing in education. Children will be queuing up for those lessons."

Inside there will be a play area with climbing panels and outside an outdoors learning environment, play area and conservation zone.

A foundation stone is to be crafted from stone from Boston Stump and a special guest has been lined up for the final handover in October.

The big lift - a giant crane lifts prefabricated classrooms built in Ireland off a lorry and onto the new school site in Fydell Crescent - pictured in stages 1-8