Bedford College Academies Trust (BCAT) will run the new primary school next to its secondary at Wixams, it was announced this week (10 October 2016).
The primary school will have its own Head Teacher and will open in September 2017, the same date as the secondary, Wixams Academy. Both will be brand new 21st Century environments with the latest learning facilities.
BCAT Chair Ian Pryce CBE said: “This strong arrangement will offer a continual educational pathway from the nursery age of two to the sixth form for the first home-grown generation at Wixams.
“Parents can be assured that BCAT and associates can call upon considerable experience gained in supporting the first Bedford Academy, which attracted £25 million investment for a state-of-the-art building, and Bedford Free School, which is now top of the town for GCSE results.
“We look forward to continuing our mission of championing great education in Bedfordshire for people of all ages.”
Building work on both school sites was officially declared underway on 4 October by the Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson.
Joining The Mayor was the Principal of the secondary, Wixams Academy, Paul Spyropoulos.
Paul said: “I look forward to working with the new primary school to create a truly exciting educational campus for all of our pupils. We are grateful for the support shown to us by Lakeview Primary in Wixams and other local primary schools and will continue to work closely with them to ensure a smooth transition for their pupils into Wixams Academy and to guarantee excellent schooling in the area.”
Cllr Henry Vann, Portfolio Holder for Education at Bedford Borough Council said: “In Bedford Borough, our major programme of investment is also helping us to stay ahead of the game in providing enough school places, where communities and families need them and our school building programme is the best in the country. A total of 96% of schools in Bedford Borough, inspected by Ofsted, have been judged to be either good or outstanding, so our expectations are high. We look forward to working with BCAT on behalf of current and future generations of children in Wixams.”