Academy trust chosen to run new secondary school in Houghton Regis

A Bedfordshire-based academy trust has been chosen to run a new secondary school in Houghton Regis set to open in 2022.

Saturday, 3rd October 2020, 3:04 pm
Updated Saturday, 3rd October 2020, 3:08 pm

Advantage Schools has been given approval to open another secondary school in Houghton Regis.

The trust was Central Bedfordshire Council’s preferred choice of provider for when the new school opens in September 2022, for 900 pupils aged 11 to 16 and 220 sixth-form students aged 16 to 18. The Regional Schools Commissioner confirmed their approval this week.

The new secondary school will be built on the Kingsland campus in Houghton Regis.

Education

Advantage Schools currently operates two schools in Bedfordshire – Bedford Free School and Elstow School.

Cllr Sue Clark, CBC's executive member for education, said: “This is an exciting time as we continue working to deliver an excellent new and modern school for the children of Houghton Regis.

"We look forward to working with Advantage Schools to help young people in the area get the most out of their education.”

Stuart Lock, CEO of Advantage Schools, said: “We are delighted to have been chosen to run this new school in Houghton Regis.

"During the process, we heard many families tell us they were eager for an excellent new local school, and that is what we are determined to deliver.

“Our outstanding-rated secondary free school in Bedford provides a model for high expectations of conduct and achievement for all pupils. That is what our executive team and the Advantage Schools' trustees are determined to deliver.

"We can’t wait to get started.”

The council is currently conducting a planning consultation for the new secondary school, having submitted a planning application last week, while Advantage Schools will consult residents about the school’s governance before it opens in 2022. 

South West Bedfordshire MP Andrew Selous has welcomed the appointment of Advantage Schools academy trust as the sponsor of the new secondary school in Houghton Regis.

He said: “Houghton Regis children have had a very difficult time recently with the troubled history of Greenwood Academies Trust in running the [current] school.

"I am pleased that a Bedfordshire trust with a very good reputation locally will be running the new school.

"I will be watching very carefully to make sure that Houghton Regis children get the very best education from this new secondary school.“