Three schools propose “all-through” education with federation

Heads Ruth Wilkes, Mick Marsh and Helen Ward are on board for federation
Heads Ruth Wilkes, Mick Marsh and Helen Ward are on board for federation

Plans for a new schools’ federation will see pupils through their education from reception to GCSEs.

Newnham Middle, Castle Lower and Hazeldene Lower schools, in Bedford, are proposing to link up to offer children a straight forward education.

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Castle Lower and Newnham will form one complete unit (on two sites), teaching pupils from four to 16 years.

Hazeldene Lower will become a primary school on its own site teaching children from four to 11 years old. Their children will then be able to join the new all-through school on the Newnham site at the end of year 6.

This gives children and their parents, a clear and stable educational system which will offer continuity.

Newnham Middle headteacher Ruth Wilkes said: “We are delighted to be working so closely with our colleagues on this exciting project which we believe offers something unique in Bedford.

“We have a fantastic team of staff who are ready to embrace the concept of ‘all-through’ education with great enthusiasm and we are confident that, as we can grow our provision, the federation will continue to be able to attract the very best teachers to deliver the vision.”

Castle Lower headteacher Mick Marsh said: “There are a number of ‘all-through’ schools in England that have been very successful in driving up standards and ensuring excellent outcomes for their pupils and I see this federation as being able to do the same.”

Hazeldene Lower headteacher Helen Ward added: “Hazeldene Lower is very excited to be part of this unique project that will undoubtedly provide a complete educational package to all the children in the federation of schools.”

Full consultation on the plans will begin soon after half term. Governing bodies from the three schools have driven this project and are fully behind the development of excellence throughout the federation.

The nurseries will continue at Castle and Hazeldene.