UNANIMOUS VOTE DECIDES ON TWO-TIER SYSTEM FOR BEDFORD
The Executive Committee of Bedford Borough
Council has decided unanimously
that schools across the Borough will now move to a two-tier system.
The decision follows extensive work alongside schools and a public
consultation which revealed strong support for the change. The
Borough Council will provide strategic leadership and support
to ensure a coherent, coordinated transition in the interests
of all local children.
Mayor Dave Hodgson said: “I am delighted that
we have received overwhelming support for our decision from schools
and residents to deliver this transformation to two-tier. This
will see us invest more than £25 million in this structural
change. This money will help to deliver the physical changes
required to make the transition to a clear, successful two-tier
The Council will also work with partners to supplement the funding
where necessary to bring about this comprehensive change to the
local schools system.
Cllr Henry Vann, Portfolio Holder for Education at Bedford Borough
Council, said: “The consultation demonstrated support for this
decision and we will continue to work closely with schools and
parents to keep everyone informed as the changes happen. I am
confident that the change will deliver the best results for young
people now, and in the future.”
54 schools in Bedford Borough have expressed a
wish to become either a Primary or Secondary school and have
undertaken a formal consultation to change their age range
accordingly. This accounts for all Bedford Borough schools, apart
from those who are already a Primary or Secondary and those within
the Wootton Cluster.
There are exciting times ahead for the school system in Bedford
Borough. 92.9% of schools have been independently judged to be
either Good or Outstanding (compared to 84% nationally) by
The Borough Council is well placed to deliver the physical changes
which will be required to schools.
In June last year, Dr Peter Hansford,
Government Chief Construction Adviser, visited schools in Bedford
Borough and announced that Bedford was 'best in class' for its
construction programme which has seen the removal of temporary
classrooms and the construction of three new primary schools.
Bedford Borough Council has already invested heavily to ensure the
creation of excellent classrooms and the creation of 3,000 new