School gets the all clear to become a primary

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Everton Lower School has been given the go-ahead to extend its age range and become a primary school.

It means that the school in Potton Road, will add two extra year groups (Years 5 and 6), meaning that children can stay there until they are 11.

The decision was made last week by Central Bedfordshire Council’s Executive Member for Education and Skills Councillor Steven Dixon.

It followed a two-stage consultation which was met very positively by respondents, including staff and parents.

That meant the Executive Member was allowed to make a delegated decision rather than having to wait for approval by Executive next month.

It means the school will welcome Year 5 pupils from this September.

Cllr Dixon said: “The feedback from both consultations was broadly positive with favourable responses from the parish council, parents and carers, residents and staff. That is why I was happy to approve the school’s bid to extend its age range.”

The school was classed as ‘outstanding’ in its last Ofsted inspection in 2011.

Inspectors said: “Pupils and their parents and carers greatly appreciate the high-quality care and enjoyable learning opportunities”