An official opening event has taken place to celebrate the completion of a £1.55million project to expand an Ampthill middle school.
The new two-storey, six-classroom block at Alameda Middle School, in Station Road, will allow pupil numbers at the academy to rise from 600 to 720.
The work was paid for using funding secured by the council. On Thursday evening, dignitaries including Central Bedfordshire Council Chairman Cllr Caroline Maudlin and Executive Member for Children's Services Cllr Mark Versallion joined pupils and staff from the school for the official opening event.
The scheme, which was completed in time for the start of the academic year in September following 12 months of building work, is part of Central Bedfordshire Council’s extensive school places programme.
With the school population in Central Bedfordshire projected to rise by more than 6,000 over the next five years, the council is spending more than £100million over the same period to provide new school places.
Demand at Alameda Middle School, which takes pupils in Years 5 to 8, has risen due to new homes being built to the south and west of the town.
The new classrooms have replaced a temporary block at the school, while the expansion scheme has also seen extra car parking created and improvements to some existing classrooms.
Cllr Versallion said: “I am delighted that these new classrooms are already being so well received by staff and pupils at Alameda Middle School.
“The expansion has kept track with new housing developments at Ampthill Heights and Warren Farm and mean that families living there have good middle school on their doorstep, rather than having to transport their children further afield.
“This is part of our commitment to invest in our future and help children across Central Bedfordshire to reach their potential.”
Alameda Middle School headteacher Maxine Warner said: “We are extremely proud of our new building which has added to our school, extending our vibrant learning environment.
“As the school grows and moves towards becoming outstanding, the new facilities with the latest technology support our aims to be an inspiring and dynamic learning environment.
“We have been pleased to work closely with Central Bedfordshire to deliver this project."
For more information about the council’s new school places programme, visit www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/school-places