Drop-in and find out about school’s expansion plan


Parents and residents are being asked by the governors of Leighton Middle School to have their say on plans to expand their oversubscribed school by 120 places.

Due to local population growth and demand for middle school places in Leighton Buzzard, there are plans to expand the school in Church Square from a four-form to a five-form entry.

If the proposals are ultimately approved by Central Bedfordshire Council, there will be an additional Year 5 class added in September 2016, followed by an extra class every year for the following three years. That would ultimately take the school’s capacity from 480 to 600 pupils.

Now the school is launching a consultation asking people what they think about the proposed expansion plans. It will run from today (Wednesday, 8 July) to Friday, 7 August, and anyone wishing to complete the short questionnaire can do so via the school’s website or by requesting a paper copy from the school.

Leighton Middle School’s governing body will then meet on 10 August to review the findings of the consultation and whether to proceed, and if it decides to do so then the plans will be considered by the council’s Executive on 6 October.

Anne Thompson, the school’s headteacher, said: “There is a growing demand for middle school places in Leighton Buzzard and our school has been oversubscribed for the past three years; that is why we are proposing to expand.

“We have carefully considered the expansion plans and do not believe they will be detrimental to the school’s ethos. In fact, the proposed expansion will enhance the school’s facilities, and a new Year 5 block will allow pupils to easier make the transition from lower to middle school.

“Our governors have already been working closely with architects to ensure that the work would be phased to ensure minimum disruption to pupils’ education and also that the building site would be secure. Due to the size of our school site, we are fortunate that we could accommodate the building expansion without making it too restricted for pupils while work was taking place.

“I would encourage people to complete the questionnaire and also to attend an information event at the school if they have any questions.”

The drop-in event will take place between 3pm and 7pm on Monday, 13 July, and will allow visitors to talk with staff, governors, council staff and architects about the proposed expansion scheme. Anyone with questions who is unable to attend the event should contact the school via the office or email Leighton@cbc.beds.co.uk

To complete the questionnaire visit www.leighton.beds.sch.uk or pick up a copy from the school.