Phase 2 Proposed Expansion at Etonbury Academy

Dear Parents, Guardians, Head Teachers, School Leaders, Staff, Governors and Members of the Community.

As you know, Etonbury, Robert Bloomfield, Gravenhurst, Langford, Gothic Mede and Samuel Whitbread Academies together form the multi academy trust of BEMAT Ltd. In partnership with its foundation, Bedfordshire East Schools Trust Ltd [BEST], BEMAT is working with Central Bedfordshire Council [CBC] in order to meet the Council’s need for school places to serve the communities of Stotfold, Fairfield and Arlesey.

BEMAT is proposing to enlarge its Etonbury campus to increase the number of places it currently offers for children across the middle and upper school age range. If approved, this further expansion of Etonbury Academy serving children from Year 5 to Year 11 with a PAN of 150 would change it to a school serving the same age range but with a PAN of 180. This would increase the total size of the school from 900 places to 1260 places from September 2017.

This will increase the number of school places that are available to serve the Academy’s local catchment from Year 5 and will also increase the GCSE provision in the Etonbury catchment area without enlarging the already extensive campus at Samuel Whitbread Academy. This new proposal for development builds upon the facilities at Etonbury due to be completed at the end of May 2016.

Further details can be found in our FAQ document and we would be delighted if you could take a little time to complete our questionnaire. This can be found on the BEMAT website and hard copies are available in the reception area of Etonbury Academy.  Completed questionnaires should be returned to BEMAT.  PLEASE RESPOND BY 12TH May 2016 by handing in your questionnaire to Etonbury reception or by email to

BEMAT will also be holding a public consultation meeting at Etonbury Academy on 19th April at 1830 in the Main Hall and we are eager to gauge local public opinion and receive the views of parents, the local community and local schools.  The meeting will close at 2000.

Letter Re Proposed Expansion at Etonbury Academy

FAQ Document

Response Form (PDF)

Response Form (Word)

Ian F Kite
On behalf of BEMAT and Etonbury Academy