Schools need to expand as Leighton grows, says report

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Central Beds Council is looking to create up to 1,500 new school places for Leighton-Linslade to cope with demand from new housing built to the east of the town.

A report prepared by Councillor Mark Versallion, executive member for children’s services, for today’s meeting of the Executive committee states the town will need the equivalent of two new 300-place lower schools and one new 480-placed middle school to cope with the rise in population.

The report also states an extra 500 upper school places would also be required.

Part of this need is expected to be filled by expanding Leedon Lower School and Clipstone Brook Lower School by 150 places each.

A two-phase extension of Vandyke Upper School is also tipped to increase the number of pupils by 500. These new school places, along with the new Greenleas Lower School on Kestral Way, will be within walking distance of the new developments.

Last year, it was announced that £100m had been set aside by Central Beds Council to increase school places over a five year period.