New Primary School Takes Shape Great Ouse Primary Academy – Opening September 2017

Staff and developers were joined by Mayor Dave Hodgson on a visit to the site of new school, Great Ouse Primary Academy.

Principle Paul Ives, was joined by the Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, and representatives involved in the building project. The school is being built by developers and will be handed over to Bedford Borough Council at which time the site will be leased to the Sharnbrook Academy Federation.

This major project will provide a new 420 place Primary school for 4-11 year olds and 32 place FTE Pre-School, serving local communities in and around King’s Field, St Andrews and North Bedford.

Principle Paul Ives, who is currently the head teacher of Margaret Beaufort Middle School, said ‘The Sharnbrook Academy Federation (SAF) team at Great Ouse Primary Academy are developing a school that thinks and dreams big for its pupils. Expectations will be high for all who make up the Great Ouse Primary Academy community and these standards reflect the wonderful physical environment we are developing to enable children to flourish within and beyond the school walls.’

‘We are committed to developing learners who are resilient, learners who are focused and learners who are aspirational in their goals; learners well prepared to be successful citizens of the 21st century. We believe that the school absolutely belongs to our community of children, staff, parents and carers. We urge you to actively support and be involved in the school. It is a wonderful opportunity for everyone to be part of something special.’

The Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said ‘Good schools are central to their local communities, and it is wonderful to see Great Ouse Primary taking shape amongst the new housing here. The school is on track for its opening in September, and the school is shaping up to provide an excellent learning environment for local children.’


Great Ouse Primary Academy is due to open in September 2017 as a member of the Sharnbrook Academy Federation. The school will be a bright and modern learning environment with up-to-date technology for both students and staff.


The new school will open to Pre School and Years R, 1 and 2 this September, offering places to over 400 students. For more information please visit


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