The Board of the Bedford College Academies Trust (BCAT) Board has confirmed the opening of the Wixams Academy Sixth Form in September 2022.
This announcement will be welcomed by parents who were earlier concerned about a delay to their expectations of a Sixth Form from that date.
The plans including a proposed range of subjects to be offered and entry requirements, were approved at the Trust Board meeting on October 8.
Over the coming weeks details will be shared by the Board and the Wixams Academy Principal.
There will be opportunities for feedback and suggestions from the community.
“The Trust believes that with the support of Trust staff, Academy staff and the Local Advisory Board, that a very good solution has been developed which will meet the needs of the community as well as maintaining BCAT’s intentions to maintain high academic standards,” said Intermim Chief Executive Alan Evans and Chair of the Trust Anthony Abrahams.
Further positive news is that the extension of Wixams Academy buildings to meet the needs of the community has been approved by Bedford Borough Council and Central Bedfordhire Council, and the project planning will start in November.
The offer of more secondary school places was in the blueprint for the Wixams village development, now it has been agreed it will be in the form of an extension to the existing Wixams Academy.
Meanwhile, plans to increase the space of the Wixamstree Primary are also underway – again meeting the demand for places from the local community in local schools.