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Plans for The future of Woodside Middle School

Tuesday 2nd November 2010


Following consultation on the future of Woodside Middle School with parents, staff, pupils, governors and other interested parties, the Mayor has today agreed to the publication of statutory notices for the closure of Woodside Middle School at the end of August 2011.


From September 2011, it is proposed that children will stay at Putnoe Lower School until the end of Year 6.  They will then transfer to Mark Rutherford Upper School at the start of Year 7.  Putnoe Lower School will move to the Woodside site in Church Lane.  Plans have been drawn up for the Woodside buildings to be adapted to provide the accommodation for the new Putnoe Primary School.


The majority of responses to the consultation welcomed this proposal.  It will be a major step towards improving the quality of education for children in this part of the Borough and will build on the good work already being done by Putnoe Lower School and Mark Rutherford Upper School to support the children at Woodside Middle School. 


Councillor David Sawyer, Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services said: “Woodside Middle School has been failing to provide the high standard of education that parents and pupils are entitled to expect.  These proposals, supported by the staff and governors of Woodside as well as Mark Rutherford Upper School and Putnoe Lower School and the wider community, demonstrate how the local community has engaged to provide a solution that meets their educational needs.  I am confident that the new arrangements will deliver improved education in this community.”


The decision to publish the statutory notices will take effect from 10th November 2010, subject to the decision not being called in. The publication of statutory notices will provide clarity and reassurance for parents on what is planned for the future.  Following a six week period for comments or objections, a final decision will be made by the Borough Council Executive early in the new year.


Mark Rutherford Upper School will continue to take in children from other middle schools at the start of Year 9.  Adjustments will be made to the catchment areas of Goldington Middle School and Newnham Middle School so that with the closure of Woodside Middle School all children would continue to have a catchment school in all year groups.



The proposed changes in catchment area are for:


·         Bury Walk, Church Lane (even numbers 2-60), The Copse, Goldington Green, Sheeplands, The Spinney and Turnpike Way  to be included within the Goldington Middle School catchment area from September 2011

·         Bewcastle Close, Calshot Walk, Colchester Way, Devises Avenue, Dover Crescent, Exeter Walk, Farnham Way, Helmsley Avenue, Lewes Gardens, Mitford Close, Newark Avenue, Taunton Close and Wentworth Drive (odd numbers, 71 -107 and even numbers 78 and above) to be included within the Newnham Middle School catchment area from September 2011.


Further information is available from Bedford Borough Children’s Services on 01234 228196.

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