Ridgmont, Husborne Crawley, and Woburn lower schools would come together as a primary school on one site
Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC) has launched a public consultation on proposals to change schools in the Woburn Sands area.
This is part of the Schools for the Future programme and includes Husborne Crawley, Ridgmont and Woburn lower schools.
The programme is being carried out in stages and will eventually cover the whole of Central Bedfordshire. The Council claims that progress through these stages will be delivered in line with the needs of each community.
CBC says that it has been working with all the schools in the area to develop a proposal that would move the schools to a primary/secondary system. This, it claims, will mean that pupils will be able attend both primary and secondary school in their local area.
Central Bedfordshire Council executive member for Families, Education and Children, Cllr Sue Clark, said:
“Through the Schools for the Future programme, we are committed to improving education outcomes for young people, while also increasing the capacity of the schools, allowing them to accommodate more pupils.
“We have been working with the schools in the Woburn Sands area to develop a proposal that would provide a great education for pupils in the future, while giving parents and young people more choice to attend a school nearer to where they live.
“At present, the area does not have an upper school, and this means that children usually have to travel to Leighton-Linslade. Fulbrook Middle School has already consulted on changing its age range and we are very happy to support them in their ambition to become a secondary school, because it is absolutely the right thing to do for residents in the Woburn Sands area.”
Summary of the proposals
Under the proposals Fulbrook Middle School would initially become an extended secondary school, before reverting to a secondary school.
Swallowfield and Aspley Guise lower schools would become primary schools. While Husborne Crawley, Ridgmont and Woburn lower schools would work together as soon as possible as a federation with the goal of coming together as a single primary school on one site.
The specific changes for each school are listed below, with proposed timescales:
|School name||Current school type||Proposed age range||Proposed future capacity (pupils)||Anticipated date of change|
|Aspley Guise||Lower||Primary||210||Opening 2022|
|Husborne Crawley, Ridgmont and Woburn||All Lower schools||Primary (location to be decided)||210||Opening 2024 (to be confirmed)|
The consultation runs until 5pm on 15 April 2020. To have your say complete the questionnaire at www.schoolsforthefuture.co.uk/woburnsands.
If the proposal is agreed, changes would take place between 2022 and 2024.