£48m investment in borough schools will see the end of makeshift classrooms

Cllr Henry Vann.
Cllr Henry Vann.

More than £48 million is to be invested in schools across Bedford Borough over the next three years which will see all temporary classrooms replaced.

The School Capital Investment Plan, which has been approved by the Council’s Executive, sets out the council’s ambition to:

Replace temporary classrooms and mobiles with brick-built buildings

Get rid of makeshift temporary classrooms

Ensure that there are enough school places for the future

Make sure school buildings are fit to learn in

Cllr Henry Vann, Portfolio Holder for Education at Bedford Borough Council, said: “Bedford is the best place in the country to go to lower or primary school.

“Over 90% of all our schools are ranked as good or outstanding by Ofsted. Our teachers, pupils and the communities behind them need buildings that are fit to learn in; this plan will get rid of the makeshift temporary classrooms of the past and deliver sufficient capacity for the future.

“This investment shows how committed we are in ensuring that all of our children and young people have access to the highest quality of teaching and learning, and have the best start in life.”

The progress achieved by Bedford Borough’s schools in recent years was confirmed in Ofsted’s latest Annual Report, which ranks the Borough as the best place in the country for lower and primary schools.

Even the wider picture, including middles and upper schools, shows 24 out of the 27 Local Authority maintained schools inspected by Ofsted this year (since September 2012) have been judged to be either good or outstanding.

Bedford’s performance in the Ofsted league table comes after remarkable progress was made over the GSCE (5A* - C, including English and Maths) results in the Borough.

This saw this figure rise a massive 5.4%, at a time when nationally the performance went down.

Bedford Borough Council is investing to ensure the creation of excellent teaching and learning space.

This has included the construction and opening of three brand new 420 place Primary Schools and the expansion and upgrading of many more.

£26 million was invested by the Council in improving and maintaining school facilities in the last financial year.