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Two becomes one as schools set to merge

Two special schools in Biggleswade will merge, resulting in the closure of Hitchmead School after proposals were given the go ahead this week.

Two special schools in Biggleswade will merge, resulting in the closure of Hitchmead School after proposals were given the go ahead this week.

The controversial proposal was agreed by Central Bedfordshire Council's Executive Committee on Tuesday after months of consultation with parents, teachers and governors.

Hitchmead School, which caters for children with learning difficulties, will close in August and merge with Sunnyside School, with both sites being utilised.

Portfolio holder for children's services at Central Beds, Councillor Anita Lewis said: "I am very pleased to see sustainable special schooling in Central Bedfordshire Council one step closer.

"As with any consultation, some people raised concerns about what might happen to the schools. But everyone is still working together and staff structures, uniforms and even a name for the new school are already on their way to being agreed".

At the meeting 70,000 of capital funding was released from the 2010/11 Schools Access Initiative budget to enable the necessary modifications to be made to the Hitchmead premises to improve accessibility and provide more appropriate changing and toilet facilities for disabled pupils.

The new school, to be called Ivel Valley School, will open on September 1.

 
 
 

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