Consultation on lower school expansion approved
Residents will be asked for their views about creating another 300 lower school places in Stotfold.
That is following a decision taken at today’s meeting of Central Bedfordshire Council’s Executive to approve a consultation led by Fairfield Park Lower School.
It begins tomorrow (10 February) and will ask residents to comment on plans to expand the school onto a second site on what is currently farmland west of Stotfold Road.
If approved, it would mean the outstanding lower school would increase from two-form to four-form entry, eventually offering 600 places for children aged three to nine as well as a 60-place nursery.
The initial intake of additional children would join the school in September 2017 with numbers gradually rising to meet demand from extra homes being built in the area. The school has already agreed to take additional children on its existing site for September 2016 in the form of a bulge class to meet the local need.
Councillor Mark Versallion, Executive Member for Education and Skills, expressed his desire that if it is built, the new site will be of as high standard as the existing school in Dickens Boulevard.
He added: “There is a clear demand for lower school places in the Stotfold area thanks to its popularity with families as a place to live.
“With new homes planned there this demand will obviously rise, which is why we are acting now to ensure that there are sufficient places to allow children to attend an outstanding lower school on their doorstep.
“I would encourage residents to have their say in the consultation as your feedback really does make a difference in shaping the decisions the council makes.”
Jenny Stone, headteacher of Fairfield Park, said: “I am delighted that the consultation has been approved and I hope that as many people have their say on the plans as possible.
“The school has come a long way since we opened in 2007 and because of the way the area how grown in that time there is clearly a need for more lower school places here.
“It would be great if even more children were able to enjoy the outstanding education that current pupils at Fairfield Park Lower School already experience.”
The consultation will run until Wednesday, 9 March and the school will be issuing the documents and inviting responses, either by email or in writing.
Copies of the consultation documents will be on the school’s website and copies will be available in the school reception lobby while appropriate stakeholders will be consulted.
The consultation response form should be returned to the school office.
To read more about the council’s schools expansion scheme, visit www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/school-places