New School Places for Thornhill Primary School in Houghton Regis Approved

Central Bedfordshire Council’s Executive has today (Tuesday, 20 August 2019) approved expansion of Thornhill Primary School in Houghton Regis

Subject to successful planning applications, it will mean that the school will expand by 60 places in each year group from September 2021.

The additional school places will be provided through a new building on land secured from the neighbouring new housing development adjoining the existing school. Funding for the expansion will total £7.8million and comes from section 106 contributions from the developer.

Admission arrangements for the new site would be finalised and published in time for the school admissions process for children who are due to start school in September 2021.

Cllr Sue Clark, Executive Member for Families, Education and Children, said: “The amount of new homes planned for and currently being built in Houghton Regis shows just what a popular place the area is to live with families.

“The HRN1 development, will see over 5,000 new homes being provided. This expansion and the planned new schools as part of the development will ensure that there are sufficient places in the areas and allow children to attend schools on their doorstep.”

The Governing Board at Thornhill Primary School confirmed in June their full support with regard to the proposed expansion which includes extending nursery provision to 90 fulltime places.

Illustration at top of page shows how the first area of Linmere might look with an imagined new Thornhill Primary school in the foreground.

Thornhill Primary School is the preferred primary school for the proposed expansion due to its location nearest to the first area of Linmere being developed.  A parcel of land was secured from the developers under s106 and the capital funds secured for the expansion from the developer. The expansion will mean that there can be 3 forms (30 pupils each) at entry from September 2021, to accommodate both current local children plus additional children from the new development.

Local people were consulted and 22 responses were received by the Council indicating 73% support for the expansion.

The exact timing of the requirement for the new primary places is dependent on the actual rate at which the new housing is built and is forecast to be needed by 2021.

Find out more about the development scheme.

Source: KA, CBC & AW from Exec Reports.

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