Building much better future for Leighton pupils

Clipstone Brook pupils dig in with Cllr David Bowater
Clipstone Brook pupils dig in with Cllr David Bowater
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Pupils got their hands dirty to celebrate the good progress of expansion projects at their lower schools.

Work is currently taking place to create another 150 places at Clipstone Brook and Leedon lower schools.

Cllr David Bowater at Leedon

Cllr David Bowater at Leedon

The work is scheduled to be completed in time for the new academic year in September 2016, when the capacity of Clipstone will rise from 225 to 375 pupils, while at Leedon it will increase from 300 to 450.

Last Tuesday (November 10) Clipstone pupils took part in a ceremony with Central Bedfordshire Council Chairman Cllr David Bowater to level out part of the flooring of the extension scheme.

They also read out words of thanks for those who are helping in the scheme.

As well as work taking place to create five new classrooms at the school, the play area has been extended and a new drama studio linking to the main hall created.

Leedon's head Richard Benson

Leedon's head Richard Benson

Also last Tuesday, Leedon pupils were for the first time allowed inside the new six-classroom extension which is being built on the school site. And they, along with Central Bedfordshire Council Chairman Cllr David Bowater, headteacher Richard Benson and chair of governors John Field each left a handprint in a ceremonial concrete square which will form part of the new building.

Also attending the ceremonies were ward members Cllr Amanda Dodwell – a governor at Leedon – and Cllr Ray Berry, as well as members of the council team who have designed and are project-managing the schemes.

Cllr Mark Versallion, Executive Member for Children’s Services, said: “Leighton Buzzard is an incredibly popular place to live, and significant house-building in the town has raised demand for lower school places.

“I am delighted that the expansion schemes at Leedon and Clipstone Brook are progressing well. When work is completed it will allow more local children to attend a good school on their doorstep, which is the aim of our extensive new school places project.”

New Leedon classroom block

New Leedon classroom block

Central Bedfordshire Council has made a £100million commitment to create 6,500 new school places by 2017.

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

Clipstone pupils read out words of thanks

Clipstone pupils read out words of thanks

Clipstone head Angie Hardy

Clipstone head Angie Hardy