SHORTSTOWN PRIMARY IS NOW OPEN!
A Bedford Borough village has celebrated
the opening of a brand new primary school, as the Council’s major
investment programme in school buildings and facilities continues.
The official opening of Shortstown Primary School, which opened on
schedule at the beginning of the autumn term, took place on
Thursday 24th October. The two form entry school was
formally opened by Mayor Dave Hodgson.
The new school replaces the previous one
Form Entry Shortstown Lower School, and will accommodate extra
pupils from the increase in housing development in the local
With a national crisis in primary school
places on the horizon, the new Shortstown Primary School is another
illustration of how the crisis has been averted in Bedford Borough.
This has involved careful planning to identify and meet demand via
an ongoing programme of major, targeted investment in expanded or
new schools, of which Shortstown Primary is another example.
The building has been designed and built by
Willmott Dixon. During the building phase, Willmott Dixon worked
closely with the Head teacher, Denise Cottam, to ensure the
completed building met the needs of the school. Also, pupils from
the previous school, staff members and members of the Parent
Teacher Association (PTA) visited the site to view the building
progress - from the first dig, up to the end of the summer
Mayor Dave Hodgson said: “The children
themselves were able to see their new school taking shape, and I
know that there was a lot of excitement and anticipation about this
brand new facility. It was a real pleasure to help formally open
the school now that it is up and running and I wish all the pupils
and staff the very best for an enjoyable and successful future for
Shortstown Primary School.
Cllr Henry Vann, Portfolio Holder for
Education at Bedford Borough Council, said:
”Shortstown Primary provides the right
amount of classroom space for inspirational teaching and learning
to take place. Through a vision of ‘Creating Excellent Teaching and
Learning Space’, Bedford Borough Council is investing millions of
pounds on school builds to ensure that every child within Bedford
Borough will have a place at school for the foreseeable
Head teacher, Denise Cottam, said: “The new
school provides the opportunity for our children to succeed in an
aspirational setting. The commitment of staff, families,
community and Bedford Borough are what makes the school great. We
wanted to ensure the ethos of the school moved with us into the new
building, and on the opening day we saw that it had.”
With regards to schools admissions for this
year, Bedford Borough Council made sure that over 99% of parents
have secured a place for their child at a school of their choice.
The Council is consistently in the top group of local authorities
for securing ‘first preference’ figures.
18 out of the 19 Local Authority maintained
schools inspected by Ofsted last year were judged to be either good
or outstanding – that’s 94%.
Last year, schools in Bedford Borough were
praised after the Local Authority area was recognised by Ofsted as
offering one of the best opportunities in the country for children
to attend a good or outstanding primary school. Schools in Bedford
Borough were ranked as 11th out of 150 local authorities
across the country and number one in the Eastern region, with 87%
of children attending a good or outstanding lower or primary
For further information on Shortstown Primary go to http://www.shortstownprimary.co.uk/