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Have your say on plans for Shefford and Stotfold Schools

Wednesday, 3 June 2020

We've moved to the next stage of a plan to meet the demand for new school places in the Shefford and Stotfold area, as part of our Schools for the Future programme.

The publication of the statutory notice follows a 12-week public consultation, which received over 1,400 responses between October 2019 and January 2020.

The Council has considered the feedback from this and held further discussions with the schools in the area. These discussions have led to a revised plan, which is summarised below:

  • Henlow Academy changes to a secondary school in 2021 and its feeder schools (Meppershall, Langford, Derwent, Clifton, All Saints and Raynsford) change to primary schools at the same time
  • Robert Bloomfield Academy and Samuel Whitbread Upper School come together as a 0-18 all through school from 2023
  • all other lower schools convert to primary in 2023
  • Pix Brook and Etonbury academies become secondary schools in 2023

Councillor Sue Clark, Executive Member for Families, Education and Children, said:

The Schools for the Future programme is a long-term programme to ensure we have the right schools, in the right places, delivering the best education possible.

Since consulting residents, we have listened to the feedback and developed a revised plan in collaboration with schools.

This is an exciting plan that will see schools in the area change to a two-tier system of education and allow expansion to accommodate new school places.

Residents can now have another say online, over the next four weeks, on the plans for the council-maintained schools in the area.

Academies do not need to publish statutory notices for public comment, but comments can be submitted to the individual academies concerned.

Responses should be submitted by June 30. We will consider the feedback at our Executive Committee meeting on August 30 and make a final decision on the plans for maintained schools.

Find out more about the plans for change in the Shefford and Stotfold area.