Pupils celebrate opening of new school and some VIP visitors

Mayor of Bedford Dave Hodgson opens Kempston Rural Lower School
Mayor of Bedford Dave Hodgson opens Kempston Rural Lower School

A village has celebrated the opening of a new lower school.

Kempston Rural Lower School was officially opened to schedule on Friday, September 26.

The Bishop of Bedford, the Rt Rev Richard Atkinson, at St Mary's CoE School, Clophill, at the new spiritual garden.

The Bishop of Bedford, the Rt Rev Richard Atkinson, at St Mary's CoE School, Clophill, at the new spiritual garden.

Head teacher Angela Stanbridge said: “Kempston Rural is a very special place for children to learn and grow. Our new school building has wonderful facilities. It will ensure we can continue to create a stimulating and exciting learning environment for children in the first years of their educational journey.”

Kempston Rural was originally located at another site within the village and now its new site allows for expansion.

Mayor of Bedford Dave Hodgson, who opened the school, said: “Ofsted have judged Kempston Rural Lower School to be outstanding, which is testament to the efforts of the pupils, the staff and the whole school community. They need and deserve outstanding facilities for teaching and learning, and is exactly what this project has provided.”

The launch also gave the school an opportunity to host a coffee morning for Macmillan Cancer Research, raising a total of £659.41.

Visit www.kempstonrural.beds.sch.uk

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Goldingington Green Academy were so taken by the pioneering values work of Australian expert Dr Neil Hawkes after he led a staff training day in January 2012 they adopted his ‘quiet revolution’.

A spokesperson for the school said: “At Goldington Green Academy we believe in values-based education and we have taken on board Dr Neil Hawkes’s philosophy of respecting self, others and our environment. We want our children to be surrounded within an ethos where they become accustomed to growing up in an environment and embracing core human values which are embedded in their character and their lifelong learning.

“In our school we have inspired the staff, children and the parental community to see the transformational power of universal positive human values such as respect, honesty, responsibility, understanding, happiness and co-operation as the foundation for a sustainable world for our children and our community.”

>> The Bishop of Bedford visited a school in Clophill for a special service to officially bless and open their new spiritual garden.

St Mary’s C of E School welcomed the Rt Rev Richard Atkinson to inaugurate the area on Friday, September 26.

A spokesperson for the school said: “The spiritual garden will now be used for worship as well as a place for them to create and display prayers, sit quietly and enjoy peace and calm, individually or with friends.”

The service was also an opportunity to celebrate the previous headteacher, Christine Spurgeon’s 18 years of leadership at the school. The service was held in the garden and led by the Bishop as well as Canon Margaret Venables, previous vicar of St Mary’s Church, and the Rev Jane Wheatley, the school chaplain.