Pupils in Riseley are set to benefit from the creation of a Church of England Primary School on the current Margaret Beaufort School site from. The announcement comes about following extensive negotiations between The Diocese of St Albans, Sharnbrook Academy Federation (SAF) and Bedford Borough Council all of who were keen to develop the best education provision possible for pupils in Riseley. The decision follows recognition that projected pupil numbers meant there was a need for just one Primary School going forward.
The relocated Riseley Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School will continue to be part of the St Albans Diocesan family of schools and managed by its existing governing body. The first Reception pupils will enter the new school in September. They will move into a brand new, state of the art Reception and Key Stage 1 building. It is intended that eventually Riseley CE VA Primary School will be located in a brand new school building on the current Margaret Beaufort site, pending approval from the Department of Education. Children who are attending year 5 at Margaret Beaufort Middle School in September will continue into Year 6 of the new Primary School, on the same site, in September . SAF are exploring additional options and will be in contact with parents after Easter.
Pupils will be able to apply for places in Year 7 at the high achieving Sharnbrook Upper School. Cllr Henry Vann said “There is a real shared vision for schools in the north of Bedford Borough. I would like to thank all parties for working together so pragmatically to secure the best deal for pupils in Riseley. I look forward to the transformation to two-tier education in Bedford Borough. “The Bishop of Bedford said “The Diocese of St Albans Board of Education warmly welcomes the relocation of Riseley Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School onto the Margaret Beaufort site and will continue to work in partnership with others to ensure an education of the highest possible standard will be provided for local children”
Hugh Carr-Archer, Chair of Governors at Sharnbrook Academy Federation said “The preference of SAF has always been for some form of merger between the two schools in Riseley to create a primary school on the Margaret Beaufort site but this has not proved possible. We will support and assist in every way with the opening of this primary school in Riseley and are pleased to be able to contribute in this significant way to the plans for a brand new school building for the village