Central Bedfordshire Council news and press releases

Executive approves temporary expansion of lower school

7 December 2017

Our Executive has approved an application (watch meeting video (link opens in new window)) to increase the number of middle school places at Thomas Johnson Lower School.

The decision means that the school in Hurst Grove, Lidlington, will be able to admit up to 30 reception-aged children for the 2018/19 academic year.

The additional lower school places will be in effect for one year to meet a local need in the village and is fully supported by the school.

It means that these children will have a school place close to home, rather than the nearest alternative of being transported to Church End Lower School, in Marston Moretaine.

The cost of creating the bulge class at the 'good'-rated lower school will be met by the Department for Education.

Councillor Steven Dixon, Executive Member for Education and Skills, said: "Our aim is for all children to be able to attend a good school on their doorstep, and temporarily expanding Thomas Johnson Lower will allow pupils in Lidlington to do just that.

"Our pupil forecasting has shown an unprecedented demand for reception-aged places there next September. As there are no other lower schools in the area, and to save very young pupils having to be transported more than two miles to Marston Moretaine each day, we have worked closely with the school to create this temporary solution.

"I would like to thank the school for its help and would like to reassure residents that even if any building work is needed at the school, it will not be at taxpayers’ expense."

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