School expansion plan goes to consultation

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Parents and residents are being asked for their views on proposals to create an extra 150 places at Clipstone Brook Lower School.

Due to demand for lower school places in Leighton Buzzard there are plans to expand Clipstone Brook by providing 150 new places on top of the 225 that the school currently offers.

If the proposals are approved by Central Bedfordshire Council in March there will be an additional foundation stage class added for September 2015, and this will be followed by an extra class each year for the next four years.

The majority of planned work to build five additional classrooms and to carry out internal alternations would be completed by November 2015.

The school has been working closely with architects from the council to develop a design, and this is nearing the point where a planning application can be submitted. Now it is consulting parents and residents on the planned expansion, as well as staging a drop-in consultation event where they can find out more about the proposals.

That will take place at the school in Brooklands Drive between 3.15pm and 5pm on Thursday, January 8, 2015. As well as viewing proposed designs and being able to give their views, visitors will be able to speak with the architect, a representative from the council, headteacher Angie Hardy and some governors.

Mrs Hardy said: “There is an urgent need for extra lower school places in Leighton Buzzard, and Clipstone Brook is one of two lower schools in the area which are consulting to provide new school places.”

“If the plans are approved then the work will be phased in over a period of time so as to minimise disruption on the school, especially the children’s education.

“I would encourage people to have their say on the planned expansion, which is proposed to be located at the back of the school’s existing site, and to visit the consultation event to find out more.”

The consultation runs until 23 January and anyone wishing to take part can do so by completing a short questionnaire, which is available on the school’s website, www.clipstonebrook.beds.sch.uk, or from the school.