Handy pupils celebrate lower school expansion landmark

Leedon Lower School pupils got their hands dirty to celebrate the expansion scheme there reaching its highest point.

Work is currently taking place to create another 150 places at the lower school in Highfield Road, Leighton Buzzard.

It is scheduled to be completed in time for the new academic year in September 2016, when the capacity of Leedon Lower will increase from 300 to 450 pupils.

Last Tuesday (10 November) pupils were for the first time allowed inside the new six-classroom extension which is being built on the school site. And they, along with Central Bedfordshire Council Chairman Cllr David Bowater, headteacher Richard Benson and chair of governors John Field each left a handprint in a ceremonial concrete square which will form part of the new building.

Also attending the ceremony were ward members Cllr Amanda Dodwell – a governor at the school – and Cllr Ray Berry, as well as members of the council team who have designed and are project-managing the scheme.

Cllr Mark Versallion, Executive Member for Children’s Services, said: “Leighton Buzzard is an incredibly popular place to live, and significant house-building in the town has raised demand for lower school places.

“I am delighted that the expansion scheme at Leedon Lower, which was greeted favourably following public consultations, is progressing well. When work is completed it will allow more local children to attend a good school on their doorstep, which is the aim of our extensive new school places project.”

Leedon Lower headteacher Mr Benson said: “The children have enjoyed watching the ‘biggest diggers’ on the school site and it was great to see inside the new classrooms at last.”

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