New proposals in school plan

Plans to nearly double the size of a lower school and move it to a new site have been put forward as proposals to expand schools across Mid Beds were approved.

Proposals to create nearly 600 new places for the start of the academic year in 2015 received the final seal of approval from members of Central Bedfordshire Council’s Executive Committee this week.

Russell Lower School in Ampthill will expand by 150 places and Holywell Middle School (Academy) in Cranfield will provide over 50 more spaces by 2015.

And new proposals were put forward to nearly double the allocation of Silsoe VC CofE Lower School and move the school to a new site by 2016

This plan will be subject to further reports to the executive in August 2014 before a final decision is taken.

Both sets of proposals are part of the council’s New School Places programme, which ensures that every child has a place in a local school.

Councillor Mark Versallion, executive member for children’s services, said: “A key role for the council is to ensure that all our children have a place at a local school.

“Our New School Places programme is a hugely important piece for work for us and we estimate that we’ll spend over £100m in the next five years on implementing it.

“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.”

The committee also approved plans to start the process to invite free school/academy proposals for two new schools in the county.




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