St Gregory's Roman Catholic Middle School
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The school was originally opened in 1959 as a catholic Secondary Modern School. However following the 1967 Plowden Report, Bedfordshire LEA decided to implement the three-tier education system of lower, middle and upper schools in the county. By the end of the 1970s, St Gregory's was redesignated as a comprehensive middle school.
The school converted to academy status in April 2013, as part of the St Francis of Assisi Academies Trust.
The school today
St Gregory's is a Roman Catholic school, and although it is sited on Biddenham Turn in Biddenham, it has no specific catchment area. Most of St Gregory's pupils come to the school from St John Rigby Primary School and St Joseph's Lower School in Bedford. Most of St Gregory's graduating students go on to attend St Thomas More Catholic School. The British boy band The Wanted performed at St Greg's in July 2010. St Gregory's has raised over £3000 for AVOCA (A Voice Of Central America). On 23 March 2012 St Gregory's celebrated Óscar Romero Day by holding a fundraising day.
In 2009 Bedford Borough Council decided to implement a two-tier education system in the borough, meaning that all middle schools in the area would close. The changes were due to take effect from September 2014, however in 2010, the new coalition government announced that the funding necessary for the switch to a two-tier system would no longer be available. The Bedford Federation of Catholic Schools, and its successor, the Francis of Assisi Academies Trust decided to continue to implement a two-tier education system for Catholic Schools in Bedford. Phase one of the change has seen St John Rigby Lower School convert to a primary school, while St Thomas More Upper School will convert to a secondary school in September 2014.
Phase two of the change will see St Gregory's School formally close, while the school site will be used to accommodate a new enlarged St Joseph's School. However as yet the funding for phase two has not been secured, and St Gregory's is accepting admissions for pupils wishing to start at the school in September 2014.