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Executive approves temporary expansion of middle 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 Biggleswade Academy.

It means that the school in Mead End, Biggleswade, will be able to admit up to 60 Year 5 pupils for the 2018/19 and 2019/20 academic years.

The additional school places will be in effect for two years to meet local demand for middle school places and is fully supported by the school.

Subject to planning permission being granted, an extra classroom block will be built on the existing school site with additional car parking and outdoor play area built on land owned by us.

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 Biggleswade Academy will allow us to do just that.

"Biggleswade and the surrounding areas are very popular places for families. Because of that, our pupil forecasting has shown an unprecedented demand for Year 5 places in the area next September.

"The academy fully understands the situation and I wish to thank them for working with us to find a solution."

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