Parkside Drive Academy - Part of Academy of Central Bedfordshire - Is Officially Opened


A ceremony has taken place to officially open the Academy of Central Bedfordshire.

The Academy is split across two sites – the Kingsland Campus, in Parkside Drive, Houghton Regis, and Church Road, in Stotfold.

And in the short time it has been open the Academy has celebrated many achievements - including receiving a 'good' rating by Ofsted during its first inspection last summer.

So to mark those, a plaque was unveiled at the Stotfold site during a ceremony last month. It was unveiled by Charlie Taylor, a former expert advisor to the government on behaviour in schools. He was on the interview panel made up of government officers during the Academy’s application process.

Mr Taylor was joined at the ceremony by pupils, staff and a host of invited guests including chairman of governors Nigel Croft, Central Bedfordshire Council’s Executive Member for Education and Skills Cllr Mark Versallion, Director of Children’s Services Sue Harrison and Assistant Director School Improvement Helen Redding.

Executive Principal Peter Cohen said: “Staff working at the Academy of Central Bedfordshire are very much aware that young people who are disaffected with and disengaged from education are more likely to experience significant limitations to their life chances and opportunities.

“The Academy reflects the local authority’s and governors’ ambition to offer a new approach to enhance the educational opportunities for some of the most vulnerable young people in Central Bedfordshire.

“That is why the curriculum is personalised and appropriate to the needs of the students. Both sites have extensive vocational curriculums supporting the delivery of English and maths.”

Cllr Versallion added: “It is amazing how much the Academy of Central Bedfordshire has achieved in such a short space of time. This is reflected in the progress which pupils make and a good grading from Ofsted.

“Although official opening ceremonies tend to take place soon after schools open, in a way it is fitting this event has taken place now because everyone attending was able to take stock of the great work which has already taken place at the Academy, speak with pupils about how clearly they are benefitting from being here, and also take a look towards the future.”

The Academy was one of the first alternative provision free schools to open in the UK. It means that there is a focus on more vocational subjects such as vehicle maintenance, construction, catering and hospitality and hair and beauty – although pupils also still study English and maths.

The curriculum is personalised to pupils’ needs and dedicated to providing positive experiences, helped by the state-of-the-art facilities which students enjoy.

For more information, visit www.acb.beds.sch.uk

  • Photo: the official opening ceremony (from left, Helen Redding, Peter Cohen, Charlie Taylor, Nigel Croft, Cllr Mark Versallion and Sue Harrison).
  • Comments

    Recently Popular

    Ashberry Homes New Showhome Open At Bidwell

    New TV Documentary to Feature Whipsnade Zoo

    First Meeting of Chief Constable's New Advisory Panel

    CBC Urge Residents to Complete Economic Survey

    Give blood during the Easter holidays

    Take the Walking Challenge in September's Walking Festival !

    Concerns Over Water Resilience as CBC Launch Sustainability Plan

    More Popular Stories

    Lidl Plans For 1.2million sq ft Regional Distribution Centre

    Angry Resident Wants Peace Back as Chalk Pit Tourism Takes Off

    L&D Hospital Mani Car Park Closes From 13 July - Bigger Car Park To Be Built

    Consultation on New Secondary School in Houghton Regis

    Bidwell Heights - Go Ahead for New Build Despite Crime Concerns

    Houghton Regis Academy Closure - Public Meeting 10 March

    Plans For 66 bed care Home, Nursery & Shops at Lower Thorn Village

    Police Appeal After Man Robbed in Houghton Regis

    Amazon Prime Scam Has Cost Victims More Than £1m

    Supermarket Responds to Criticism that Shelves & Fridges were Empty

    Houghton Regis local news, events, council news, going on in Houghton Regis and nearby villages, Bedfordshire, UK. Editor Alan Winter

     HRND

    Houghton Regis News Desk

    Contact HRND
    HRND on Facebook
    Facebook Archive
    HR Clubs & Societies
    Construction
    Fix My Street
    Story Index
    HRND Pinterest
    HRND on Twitter
    Other Group Sites
    Luton News Desk
    Dunstable News Desk
    Editors Blog
    More Group Links