Significant changes are afoot for schools in Houghton Regis.
Following a series of meetings with Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust this week, an announcement was made yesterday with the Governing Body of Kings Houghton Middle School and school staff in attendance.
Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust (GDFT) will academise King's Houghton Middle School on 1 September 2012 as a Middle School. GDFT will immediately then start the process to turn it into an 11-18 secondary Academy for September 2013. GDFT will publicly support the conversation of All Saint's Academy into an 11-18 secondary Academy from September 2013. GDTF wil also publicly support the opening of the University Technical College opening in September 2012 on Parkside Drive, Houghton Regis.
Significant housing developments in the Houghton Regis area are expected over the next decade. GDFT will work in partnership with all local schools and the local authority in developing the large number of new school places that will be needed. Phased funding will come from Section106 monies paid out by the construction companies.
All Saint's Academy, the UTC, and King's Houghton will provide between them the number of secondary schools places required.
From Sept 2013, King's Houghton, will take additional year sevens and a new year nine, filled from the year eight already on roll.
From September 2014 KH will start from year seven with previous year six pupils, and others recruited from outside. They will have pupils in years eight, nine and ten. A further year group will then be added year on year up to year thirteen.
GDFT have agreed working relationships with the Local Authority , All Saint's Academy, the Principal Designate of the UTC, and Headteachers of the Lower schools: Hawthorn Park, Thornhill, Houghton Regis, Tithe Farm and Thomas Whitehead.
A local school governor and Central Bedfordshire, Liberal Democrat, Councillor Susan Goodchild, commented, "I personally feel that we owe so much to our lower school heads for their sustained resilience over time, they have worked so hard to achieve this and I know it will mean so much to them all."