‘Exciting times’ ahead as schools are set to become part of two-tier system

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All schools in Bedford Borough are set to become part of a two-tier education system.

The borough currently predominantly operates a three tier system of lower, middle and upper schools however, there are some within the area where a two tier scheme is in operation.

Bedford Borough Mayor Dave Hodgson said the blanket borough-wide decision to move to a two-tier system will ensure a structured change instead of a haphazard and piecemeal alternative, which would not be in the best interests of pupils.

Council chiefs have pledged to work with headteachers and chairs of governors to deliver the change.

Headteacher at Bromham Lower School Virginia Gilks said: “We wholeheartedly welcome the decision to review school structures across the whole of Bedford Borough as we are confident that this will benefit our children now and in the future.”

A pot of cash will be put aside to help deliver the physical changes required under the new structure of primary and secondary schools.

Bedford Borough Council’s planned £39 million investment in schools over the next five years will support the move, alongside the continued removal of temporary classrooms, school maintenance and the provision of sufficient primary school places for all.

Mr Hodgson said: “With changes now already taking place across the borough and with an increasing number of schools making their future intentions clear, we will provide comprehensive and structured leadership to support a successful process of change to two-tier education.

“The alternative of disjointed change is clearly no in local pupils’ best interests.

“There are exciting times ahead for the school system in Bedford Borough, and I look forward to embarking on this process alongside our schools and communities to get the best for children and young people now and in the future.”

Headteacher at Camestone Lower School Paul Stanyard has also supported the move. He said: “Camestone, Springfield and Daubeney are keen to develop a creative solution with Bedford Borough to benefit the families of Kempston.”