Have your say on plans for Shefford and Stotfold Schools

Published: 03 June 2020


Schools for the future - Shefford and Stotfold

Have your say

We have moved to the next stage of a plan to meet the demand for new school places in the Shefford and Stotfold area, as part of the Schools for the Future programme.

This is a long-term programme to ensure we have the right schools, in the right places, delivering the best education possible.

The publication of the statutory notice follows a 12-week public consultation, which received over 1,400 responses between October 2019 and January 2020.

We have considered the feedback from this and held further discussions with the schools in the area. We have listened to the feedback and these discussions have led to a revised plan.

Revised plan

  • Henlow Academy changes to a secondary school in 2021 and its feeder schools (Meppershall, Langford, Derwent, Clifton, All Saints and Raynsford) change to primary schools at the same time.
  • Robert Bloomfield Academy and Samuel Whitbread Upper School come together as a 0-18 all through school from 2023.
  • All other lower schools convert to primary in 2023.
  • Pix Brook and Etonbury academies become secondary schools in 2023.

This plan will see schools in the area change to a two-tier system of education and allow expansion to accommodate new school places.

How you can comment

Over the next four weeks, you can have another say on the plans for the schools that we maintain in the area, via a questionnaire available online. Alternatively, you can download a copy, here.

Academies do not need to publish statutory notices for public comment, but comments can be submitted to the individual academies concerned.

Responses should be submitted by June 30.

Next steps

We will consider the feedback at our Executive Committee meeting on August 30 and make a final decision on the plans for maintained schools.

More information on the plans for change in the Shefford and Stotfold area can be found on the Schools for the Future website.


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