Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Final Consultation on Plans to Close Three Dunstable Middle Schools

Members of Central Bedfordshire Council’s Executive have considered a proposal published by the Governing Body of Ashton Middle School to change its age range to create an 11-16 secondary school. The proposal was rejected by councillors, on the basis that at this point the school had been unable to clearly articulate that the proposal was viable, either on financial or educational grounds.

Members of the Executive agreed that proposals to close three Dunstable Middle Schools proceed to the next stage of the process. Responses to the initial consultations on the proposals to close Ashton Middle, Brewers Hill Middle and Streetfield Middle were considered.

Statutory notices outlining the plans to close the three schools will now be issued. These will be available to view from 9th June on the council’s website www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/publicstatutorynotices, at Dunstable library, at the local town council and in the local press. 

Formal consultation ends on 7 July 2014. Anyone wishing to support, object to or make comments on the proposal can write to
Edwina Grant, 
the Deputy Chief Executive / Director of Children's Services
Central Bedfordshire Council, 
Priory House, 
Monks Walk, 
Chicksands, 
Shefford, 
Beds, SG17 5TQ.

or via the online facility on the Council’s website

The council has offered further support and guidance for each of the three schools to help them in their development of comprehensive business cases for Executive to consider at their meeting in August.

Cllr Mark Versallion, Executive Member for Children’s Services, said:

“These were not easy decisions to come to, but having considered all the evidence, we have to act and move to the next stage of the process. As we have said throughout, the issue here is not about whether middle schools or any of these three schools are good or bad, it is about whether they are financially viable going forward.

“As we move through the next stage of the process we will continue to work with schools and offer any appropriate assistance to help them put together collective or individual alternative proposals for their future. Any such proposals will be considered by the council’s Executive in August.”

For more information about education in Central Bedfordshire and to see a video explaining what is happening locally go to www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/learning/schools/going-to-school.aspx