Backing for ‘urgently needed’ lower school places


The creation of 300 “urgently needed” extra lower school places in Leighton Linslade has taken a step forward.

Central Beds Council’s Executive met yesterday (Tuesday) and indicated its support for 150 extra places proposed at each of Leedon and Clipstone Brook lower schools.

As a result of the decision, the governing bodies will next month open consultations on the proposed expansions, which will take effect at the start of the 2015/16 academic year if approved by Executive in March 2015.

It would see the number of places rise from 300 to 450 at Leedon Lower, and from 225 to 375 at Clipstone Brook Lower.

The council has decided that the extra places are needed following forecasts that more than 1,650 homes are due to be built in the Leighton Buzzard and Linslade area within the next five years.

Councillor Mark Versallion, Executive Member for Children’s Services, said: “I am delighted that residents will get their chance to have their say on expanding these two schools in Leighton Linslade, where there is an urgent need for extra lower school places.

“With a growing population in Central Bedfordshire we estimate our school population will increase by 6,500 over the next five years and a key role for the council is to ensure that all our children have a place at a good local school.

“We are committed to investing in our future and helping Bedfordshire children to reach their potential. That is why we are spending more than £100million over the next five years on providing new school places.”

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