Stotfold school expansion will help kids reach their potential says councillor

PUBLISHED: 08:07 16 March 2015

Squadron Leader, Wendy McCormack, Cllr, Mark Versallion, Jackson Marshall, former chair of governors and Headteacher Kirstie Yuen at the official opening of the new pastoral room at Derwent Lower School funded by the RAF

Squadron Leader, Wendy McCormack, Cllr, Mark Versallion, Jackson Marshall, former chair of governors and Headteacher Kirstie Yuen at the official opening of the new pastoral room at Derwent Lower School funded by the RAF

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An expansion scheme creating 75 lower school places in Stotfold has kicked into gear.

An expansion scheme creating 75 lower school places in Stotfold has kicked into gear.

Work has started on the project to expand St Mary’s Church of England Academy to cater for 300 children in September, an increase of 75 places on the current offering at the Rook Tree Lane school.

The project will see a two-storey extension created at St Mary’s, providing four new classrooms, with work also taking place to extend the school hall and create extra parking spaces.

Councillor Mark Versallion, responsible for children’s services at Central Beds Council, said: “There is an urgent need for new lower school places in Stotfold, which is why the council approved plans to expand St Mary’s and Roecroft lower schools.

“With a growing population in Central Beds we estimate that our school population will increase by 6,500 over the next five years, which is why we are spending more than £100 million to create those extra places.

“The council is committed to investing in our future and helping children reach their potential and a major part of that is being able to attend a good school on your doorstep.”

Council chairman Councillor Caroline Maudlin and Stotfold ward councillor Brian Saunders joined headteacher Sam Bishop at the opening ceremony last week.

Miss Bishop said: “The whole school is very excited that the new build is under way.

“The new classrooms will provide valuable and much-needed additional learning environments.

“We are really looking forward to watching the build progress.”

Meanwhile Roecroft is on course to increase its pupil places from 300 to 450 in September, after planning permission was granted in December.

For more information about the council’s school places programme, visit www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/school-places.


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