College set to take over High School

Bedford High School building for sale
Bedford High School building for sale

BEDFORD High School campus is set to be taken over by Bedford College when the school closes later this year.

Although details are still being finalised, the college is likely to lease the main school buildings, Trinity Church, and the Sports and Performing Arts (SPA) complex for the next ten years.

Clubs and classes who currently run out of the SPA facilities will carry on as before.

Ian Pryce CBE, principal and chief executive of Bedford College, said: “We are delighted to be regarded as the preferred bidder.

“Our intention is to maintain the educational buildings for that purpose and to preserve local education history. Our Cauldwell Street campus will become an advanced technology centre with our more classroom-based activity moving to the High School buildings.

“In the last fortnight the college has won a major bid to quadruple its full-time higher education (degree level learning) numbers and we need to accommodate that growth.  The High School building is a perfect environment for such work.”

Bedford High School will close its doors for the final time at the end of the summer term when it completes its merger with Dame Alice Harpur School to create Bedford Girls’ School.

The Bedford College does not include neighbouring accommodation such as former houses in Adelaide Square area. Plans for Bedford Free School to be based in Cauldwell Street will remain unchanged.