Goldington Academy

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Goldington Academy
Goldington Middle School UK.png
Established 2011
Type Academy
Headteacher Mr Galbraith
Location Haylands Way
Bedford
MK41 9BX
England Coordinates: 52°08′41″N 0°26′39″W / 52.14471°N 0.44422°W / 52.14471; -0.44422
DfE URN 136552 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Capacity 676
Students 677
Gender Mixed
Ages 9–13
Website goldingtonacademy.org.uk

Goldington Academy (formerly Goldington Middle School) is an academy located in the De Parys area of Bedford, Bedfordshire.

History[edit]

The school on Haylands Way was designated as Goldington Middle School in the early 1970s after Bedfordshire County Council decided to implement the three-tier education system of lower, middle and upper schools across the county (as recommended in the 1967 Plowden Report).

In the 2000s, the Goldington Middle School was inspected an Outstanding school (OfSTED April 2007) was awarded the Artsmark award and was also designated as a Beacon School.

Plans made by Bedford Borough Council to implement a two-tier education system in the Borough were withdrawn for most Bedford Borough schools following a decision by the coalition government in 2010 to cancel the Building Schools for the Future Project (BSF) and withdraw associated funding. Most of the closure notices that had been served on Bedford Borough middle schools were revoked in February 2011, including that for Goldington Middle School.

To protect the school from closure in the future the Governing Body, following consultation with stakeholders, took the decision to apply to the Secretary of State for Education to convert to an academy. This application was accepted and the school became Goldington Academy on 1 April 2011. The opening celebration assembly was attended by local MP, Richard Fuller.[1]

The school site was originally located in the Goldington area of Bedford, but boundary changes mean the school is now located in De Parys.

Goldington Academy

The academy today[edit]

Goldington Academy normally admits pupils from The Hills Lower School, Hazeldene Lower School and Goldington Green Lower School. Most graduating students go on to attend either Mark Rutherford School or Biddenham Upper School.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 05/04/2011 13:56. "Goldington school officially opens as academy - Local". Bedford Today. Retrieved 11 May 2013. 

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