Schools for the future

Shefford and Stotfold and surrounding area

The following schools are included in this area:

Campton Lower School Shillington Lower School
Clifton All Saints Academy Southill Lower School
Derwent Lower School St. Mary's Academy
Fairfield Park Lower School St. Mary's Lower School
Gothic Mede Academy Stondon Lower School
Gravenhurst Academy Henlow Academy
Haynes Lower School Raynsford Academy
Langford Village Academy Robert Bloomfield Academy
Meppershall Academy Etonbury Academy
Roecroft Lower School Pix Boork Academy
Shefford Lower School Samuel Whitbread Academy

For some time, we have been working together with all the schools in Shefford, Stotfold and the surrounding area on a joint plan for future schooling.

We know that the Shefford, Stotfold and the surrounding area is set to grow, with some 5,400 new homes being built over the next 10 to 15 years.  This will clearly impact on our schools and we estimate that we’ll need an extra 3,500 places across our schools.  That’s why the plan is so important.

In common with other areas across Central Bedfordshire, the plan is based on us moving to a primary/secondary system to allow expansion to accommodate the new places. All of the schools in the area have signed up, in principle, to moving to the two-tier system and in fact a number of academies are keen to progress to this model including Henlow Academy which is currently awaiting a decision from the Regional Schools Commissioner to become a secondary. Whilst this is a significant change, it’s a positive move that means we will be able to continue to provide great education for our pupils in the future.

The plan is a draft at the moment and no decisions have been made.

The next step is that the plan is being considered by Central Bedfordshire Council’s Executive Committee on 8 October, who will be asked to approve community consultation on it. If this is agreed, there will be a 12-week public consultation starting after half term.

The report for this meeting is published on our website and this provides more information about proposals for our school and all the others in the area.

We want everyone to have their say on the plan and responses to the public consultation will be welcomed from everyone with an interest in the future of education in our area. 

All the feedback from the consultation will be carefully considered by the schools and the council before any decisions about next steps are made.