School celebrates new classrooms

Headteacher Maxine Warren with Year 6 pupils.
Headteacher Maxine Warren with Year 6 pupils.

A £1.55 million project over 12 months has created more space for children at a middle school in Ampthill.

The new two storey, six classroom block at Alameda Middle School will allow pupil numbers at the academy to rise from 600 to 720.

Alameda Middle school. Head teacher Maxine Warren outside new build. PNL-141125-110424001

Alameda Middle school. Head teacher Maxine Warren outside new build. PNL-141125-110424001

The work was paid for through funding secured by Central Beds Council.

Last Thursday, dignitaries including council chairman Councillor Caroline Maudlin and Councillor Mark Versallion, who oversees children’s services, joined pupils and staff from the Station Road school for an official opening event.

Mr Versallion said: “The expansion has kept track with new housing developments at Ampthill Heights and Warren Farm and mean that families living there have a good middle school on their doorstep, rather than having to transport their children further afield.

“This is part of our commitment to invest in our future and help children across Central Bedfordshire to reach their potential.”

The building project, which was completed for the start of the academic year in September, is part of the council’s extensive school places programme.

With the local school population projected to rise by more than 6,000 over the next five years, the council is spending more than £100 million over the same period to provide new school places.

The new classrooms have replaced a temporary block at the school, while the expansion scheme has also seen extra car parking created and improvements to some existing classrooms.

Headteacher at the school, which teaches children from Year 5 to 8, Maxine Warner said: “As the school grows and moves towards becoming outstanding, the new facilities with the latest technology support our aims to be an inspiring and dynamic learning environment.”