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Two-Tier

TWO-TIER CHANGE FOR BOROUGH SCHOOLS

 

Bedford Borough Council has today told school leaders that it will work with them to design and deliver their transition to a two-tier system. 

 

In meetings called by Mayor Dave Hodgson and Cabinet Member for Education Cllr Henry Vann, the Council has informed heads and Chairs of Governors directly of its plans to support structural change in Bedford Borough.

 

The Borough Council will provide strategic leadership to ensure that the move to a two-tier system, which is already being pursued by a number of schools across the Borough, is coherent, coordinated and serves the interests of all local children.

 

Commenting, Virginia Gilks, Head teacher at Bromham Lower School, said: “We wholeheartedly welcome the decision to review school structures across the whole of Bedford Borough as we are confident that this will benefit our children now and in the future.”

 

Paul Stanyard, Head Teacher at Camestone Lower School, added: "Camestone, Springfield and Daubeney are keen to develop a creative solution with Bedford Borough to benefit the families of Kempston."

 

In a statement released today, Mayor Dave Hodgson said: “With changes now already taking place across the Borough and with an increasing number of schools making their future intentions clear, we will provide comprehensive and structured leadership to support a successful process of change to two-tier education. The alternative of disjointed change is clearly not in local pupils’ best interests.”

 

“This commitment includes the creation of a fund which will help to deliver the physical changes required to make the transition to a clear, successful two-tier schools structure.”

 

Bedford Borough Council’s planned £39 million investment in schools in the next five years will support the move to a two-tier education system, alongside the continued removal of temporary classrooms, school maintenance and the provision of sufficient primary school places for all.  The Council will also work with partners to supplement the funding where necessary to facilitate this comprehensive change to the local schools system.

 

In the closing section of his statement, Mayor Dave Hodgson concludes: 

“We have shown through supporting the structural change which has already taken place in some areas that we will ensure that change does not take place in a piecemeal or haphazard fashion, and instead is designed with the interests of all children at its heart. The Council is committing to provide a strategic lead to bring schools of all types together, working with them to bring about the best outcome for local children.”

“There are exciting times ahead for the school system in Bedford Borough, and I look forward to embarking on this process alongside our schools and communities to get best for children and young people now and in the future.”

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