School Organisation and Capital Planning team | Central Bedfordshire Council

School Organisation and Capital Planning team

School place planning and new places

We fulfil our statutory duty, as a commissioner of school places, by making sure that sufficient school places are available for every child in Central Bedfordshire.

Our Pupil Forecasts which are refreshed and published annually, outline expected changes in pupil population over the next 5 years.

The plan takes into account Central Bedfordshire's Partnership Vision for Education 2015 - 2019 (PDF 94.1KB) .

We secure and deliver the capital investment required to ensure choice and diversity in providing sufficient high-quality school places. Funding is provided from a range of sources, including the Department for Education and from developer contributions negotiated by the council for new school places where required as a result of new housing.

Our original New School Places Programme, a five year investment programme subject to annual refresh, of 6500 new school places, was approved by our Executive in March 2012.

In August 2018, the Executive considered a report regarding the Schools for the Future project which has been developed to ensure that we have the right school
places in the right locations to deliver the best education outcome in the long-term, beyond the 5-year period covered by the New School Places programme.

More information

Information on the latest pupil numbers and capacities at Central Bedfordshire schools can be found in the Performance Hub.

Download a summary of the current projects (link opens in new window) within the New School Places Programme that have been completed or are underway.

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