Caught in the middle of rapid expansion of town


Plans are being put in place to expand middle school places in Leighton Buzzard to meet the needs of the town’s growing population.

Central Beds Council’s children’s services committee will meet on Monday (June 15) to debate the increase from 480 to 600 places at Leighton Middle School – which would move from four to five forms of entry.

But the council says the East of Leighton Linslade extension will itself eventually require at least an additional four forms of entry (120 extra pupil places per age group) across all phases of education to be provided within the development.

This is the equivalent of two new 300 place lower schools, one new 480 place middle school and the expansion of existing upper school provision by 500 places including sixth form.

A consultation is set to get under way in July, with the outcome along with a business case from the school to be reported to the council’s Executive in October.

If approved the new places would be available from September 2016.

The move follows recent consultations to increase capacity by 150 places at both Clipstone Brook and Leedon lower schools.