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New School Build

KEMPSTON RURAL LOWER SCHOOL’S NEW SCHOOL BUILDING IS NOW OPEN

 

A Bedford Borough village has celebrated the opening of a brand new lower school, as the Council’s major investment programme in school buildings and facilities continues. Kempston Rural Lower School was officially opened to schedule last Friday by the Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson.

 

The new school has been built by Willmott Dixon. Kempston Rural was originally located at another site within the village, however its new site allows for an impressive expansion – and now staff and pupils have settled in.

With a national crisis in primary school places on the horizon, the new Kempston Rural Lower 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 Kempston Rural is another example.

Bedford Borough Council will invest over £48 million in schools from 2014 – 2017. The Council has already invested heavily to ensure the creation of excellent teaching and learning space. This has included the construction and opening of three brand new 420 place Primary Schools and the expansion and upgrading of many more.

Head teacher at Kempston Rural Lower School, Angela Stanbridge, said: “Kempston Rural is a very special place for children to learn and grow. Our new school building has wonderful facilities. It will ensure that we can continue to create a stimulating and exciting learning environment for children in the first years of their educational journey.”

The Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “Ofsted have judged Kempston Rural Lower School to be outstanding, which is a testament to the efforts of the pupils, the staff and the whole school community.  They need and deserve outstanding facilities for teaching and learning, and that is exactly what this project has provided.”

 

Chris Tredget, managing director for Willmott Dixon in the northern Homes Counties said: “As a locally based company with a strong presence in Bedfordshire, we’re delighted to have completed our latest project for Bedford Borough Council. It’s another example of the Council’s excellent investment programme to improve schools in the county and we are proud to be a key partner in that process.”

 

A crowd gathered to witness the launch. Two Bedford Borough Council staff, Tom Bennett and Kevin Yerrill, who are on the Board of Governors were also present on the day, accompanied by The Chairman of the Governors Mr. Arnold Küpper, Parish Council members and representatives from Willmott Dixon and David Wilson Homes.

 

The launch also gave the school an opportunity to host a coffee morning for Macmillan Cancer Research, raising a total of £659.41 for the charity organisation.

 

For further information on Kempston Rural Lower School go to http://www.kempstonrural.beds.sch.uk/

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