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Council invests £ 894k in new music education hub at Castle Newnham

 

Following a two-tier conversion from Middle to Secondary, building works at Castle Newnham School, in Polhill Avenue, have started on a brand new Music Hub.

 

Head teacher at Castle Newnham, Ruth Wilkes, said: “We are very excited to be working in partnership with the Local Authority as we develop our site for primary and secondary provision. Our year 5 and 6 children will experience 'primary plus' with a dedicated primary area with its own entrance and play facilities but with full access to the growing range of specialist facilities too.  Our secondary pupils (Year 7 to Year 11) will benefit from a new sports hall, new classrooms and refitted food room and science labs. We are delighted to be providing the home for the new Bedford Music Hub which will allow us to further develop our excellence in the performing arts.”

 

Cllr Henry Vann, Portfolio Holder for Education at Bedford Borough Council, said: “This is hugely exciting for pupils at Castle Newnham and for children and young people across the whole of Bedford Borough. Music can make a real difference to children’s lives and putting the Music Service in a permanent home, and collaborating alongside the new teacher-led Bedford Music Co-operative will help to put the future of music in the Borough on a permanent footing. I look forward to seeing pupils at Castle Newnham and from across the Borough thriving once this fantastic facility is completed.”

 

Jenny Brown, from the Bedford Music Co-Op, said: “Bedford Music Co-operative is looking forward to the day when all Hub partners have a shared base. This will move forward the ambition to work together for the musical life of children and young people, and will enable truly co-operative strategy and delivery.”

 

Architects, Lungfish, have designed the project which is being constructed by Kier.

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