Have your say on planned expansion of Leighton school

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

Due to demand for lower school places in Leighton Buzzard, there are plans to expand Leedon by providing 150 new places on top of the 300 that the school in Highfield Road currently offers.

If the proposals are approved by Central Bedfordshire Council in March there will be an additional reception stage class added for September 2015, with any additional 30 places in all year groups offered in September 2016.

The planned work to build six 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 Highfield Road between 3.15pm and 5pm on Wednesday, January 7. 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 Richard Benson and some governors.

Mr Benson said: “There is an urgent need for extra lower school places in Leighton Buzzard, and Leedon 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 carefully managed so as to minimise disruption on the school, especially the children’s education.

“Leedon has been a large school previously utilising several temporary buildings for classes, with a permanent build in place that properly caters for increased numbers, it is a chance for the school to benefit from the local authorities investment.”

“I would encourage people to have their say on the planned expansion, to visit the consultation event to find out more about the details, and the plans for managing the transport of increased numbers of children, whilst making sure that our neighbours do not suffer. If they can’t make the drop-in then please get in touch with the school for more information.”

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