48 Million in 3 Years
£48 MILLION INVESTMENT IN 3 YEARS
CLASSROOMS TO BE SCRAPPED
Bedford Borough Council will invest over £48
million in schools from 2014 – 2017.
The School Capital Investment
Plan, which was approved by the Council’s Executive last
week, sets out the Council’s ambition to:
- Replace temporary classrooms and mobiles with brick-built
- Get rid of makeshift temporary classrooms
- Ensure that we have enough school places for the future
- Make sure our school buildings are fit to learn in
Cllr Henry Vann, Portfolio Holder for
Education at Bedford Borough Council, said: “Bedford is the
best place in the country to go to lower or primary school. Over
90% of all our schools are ranked as good or outstanding by Ofsted.
Our teachers, pupils and the communities behind them need
buildings that are fit to learn in; this plan will get rid of the
makeshift temporary classrooms of the past and deliver sufficient
capacity for the future.
“This investment shows how committed we are in
ensuring that all of our children and young people have
access to the highest quality of teaching and learning,
and have the best start in life.”
The remarkable progress achieved by Bedford
Borough's schools in recent years was confirmed in Ofsted’s latest
Annual Report, which ranks the Borough as the best place in the
country for lower and primary schools.
Even the wider picture, including middles and
upper schools, shows 24 out of the 27 Local Authority maintained
schools inspected by Ofsted this year (since September 2012) have
been judged to be either good or outstanding.
Bedford's stunning performance in the Ofsted
league table comes after remarkable progress was made over the GSCE
(5A* - C, including English and Maths) results in the Borough. This
saw this figure rise a massive 5.4%, at a time when nationally the
performance went down.
Bedford Borough Council has invested heavily
to ensure the creation of excellent teaching and learning space.
This has included the construction and opening of three brand new
420 place Primary Schools and the expansion and upgrading of many
more. £26 million was invested by the Council in improving
and maintaining school facilities in the last financial year