A Kempston school is to become an academy and its links with Bedford College will also help the development of a new technical academy for the area.
The new academy will be formed when Hastingsbury Upper School and Community College goes into partnership with the college.
Ian Pryce, CEO and principal of Bedford: “This is the right thing for Kempston, and the governors of Hastingsbury deserve praise for having the vision to create something special. “The college can provide Hastingsbury with financial security and a broader curriculum offer. In return the college can draw on the expertise of Hastingsbury in providing secondary education, which will greatly help the development of our Technical Academy in 2016.
“It will mean more choice for local parents, pupils and the community. We are really pleased with the support being given by Bedford Borough Council which is crucial to the success of the partnership.”
Martin Fletcher, head teacher at Hastingsbury, said: “Hastingsbury governors and I are excited by the prospect of working more closely with Bedford College and with the other institutions within the Bedford College Academies Trust.
“We have always passionately believed in the power of partnership working and welcome the opportunities that our membership of this trust will bring.
“This new relationship will allow current and future generations of Kempston students access to an exciting academic, technical and vocational curriculum with pathways from entry year through to the sixth form.”