FIRST SOD CUT FOR £20 MILLION WIXAMS SCHOOL
There was a flurry of excitement this earlier
week as the first sod was cut to mark the start of work that will
create two new schools at a site in Green Lane, Wixams.
Principal, Paul Spyropoulos was joined by the
Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, Chief Executive of Bedford
Borough Council, Philip Simpkins, Cllr Graeme Coombes and
representatives of the organisations involved to launch the
building project. Pupils from Lakeview Primary were also in
attendance as, once built, their natural progression would be into
the secondary school, Wixams Academy.
This major project will provide a new Primary
and Secondary school forming a central focus of the four new
villages forming The Wixams, South of Bedford.
Principal Designate for the Secondary School,
Paul Spyropoulos, said: “Standing in the autumn sunshine on site
with the children from Lakeview, there was a real air of excitement
about Wixams Academy opening here in eleven months’ time. Our
amazing new school building will provide an inspirational place for
children from Wixams and the surrounding communities to learn for
years to come.”
The Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson,
said: “This project is part of a major programme of investment
which is helping us to stay ahead of the game in providing enough
school places, where communities and families need them. Schools
are part of the lifeblood of any community, and these works are a
welcome sign of The Wixams’ development.”
The two schools will provide a new learning
community which will welcome children at the age of two to the
nursery and educate them all the way through to the age of 18. Once
completed, the schools will include extensive sports facilities and
dedicated parking off Green Lane.
Both schools are due to open in September 2017
and offer places to over 1,200 pupils from the area.