The futures of our young people are really important to us and we want all children in Central Beds to have a place in a local school. In fact, 100 per cent of children in the area will be going to their chosen secondary school and 98 per cent to their chosen upper school in September.
A total of 2,881 places were allocated with almost every single pupil getting a place at their first preference school or academy.
But with a growing local population, it’s estimated our school population could increase by 6,000 over the next five years. So we’re investing over £100m in the next five years in a ‘New Schools Places’ programme, which is a mixture of expanding current schools to meet demand and building completely new ones where that isn’t possible.
Locally, we’re asking for your views about plans to relocate and expand Silsoe Lower School. You can have your say on our consultations webpage - www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk.consultations
We also want to support those children and teenagers when they start to think about their future. Picking GCSE or A-level options, choosing whether to go to uni, find a job or start an apprenticeship and other decisions can be scary. It was recently Apprenticeship and Careers Week and we ran a number of events that I think had a great focus on the impact of businesses in developing young people. Our schools are effectively training the workforce and entrepreneurs of tomorrow so it’s critical that we harness the expertise of local companies, businesspeople and entrepreneurs.
Of course, at the heart of all our work around education is a commitment to do everything we can to help our children and young people reach their potential, both academically and in terms of their personal development.