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Have your say on Edward Peake Middle School expansion plans

10 October 2018

We are conducting a preliminary consultation on a proposed expansion to Edward Peake Church of England Middle School for an additional 60 places in each year group.

This is in response to the increasing need for school places in Biggleswade as a result of additional homes that have been built and planned for the area. It is the second phase of the school's expansion.

Central Bedfordshire Council Executive Member for Families, Education and Children, Councillor Steve Dixon, said: "Ensuring that all children have a place at a local school is a key role for the council, and with significant housing development in the area, there is a real need for new places in Biggleswade.

“We are working with the school on ways to develop the current site so that it can provide high-quality education for pupils while address the challenge of this significant increase in pupils within the established grounds."

The full consultation document, which includes a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions, and how to have your say on the proposal, is available on our website. Paper copies of the consultation document will also be available from the school. All responses must be submitted by 5pm on Tuesday 13 November.

Following this initial consultation period, the council will consider the results and decide whether to progress the proposals further to statutory consultation.

If the council publishes statutory notices, parents and other interested parties would have a further opportunity to put forward their views as part of a formal four-week statutory consultation. A final decision will be made regarding the proposal at a meeting of the council's Executive in April 2019. If approved, the new places are expected to be ready for the 2020/21 academic year.

A public drop-in session will be held on Monday 5 November between 5:30-7:30pm at Edward Peake for any interested parties to discuss the proposals and raise any queries.

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