The Hills Academy Bedford
Hazeldene was one of the new schools created in Bedford in the years following the Education Act 1944. This act established the principle of County Primary Schools for children up to the age of 11, at which time they took an examination to determine the nature of the secondary school they would attend until they were 15, the most academically able going to grammar schools, the rest to secondary or secondary modern schools. Hazeldene was created as a county primary school and had a separate infants’ department - Hazeldene County Primary Infants School. Both Hazeldene schools were administered by Bedford Borough Council rather than by the Local Education Authority (Bedfordshire County Council) as the borough was what was known as an excepted district. In 1974 the county council took over as LEA for schools in Bedford and Goldington.
In the 1970s Bedfordshire County Council introduced comprehensive education, doing away with the 11+ examination and grammar schools and introducing a tier of school between the old County Primary and County Secondary Schools. Thus Lower Schools now taught children aged 4 to 9, Middle Schools from 9 to 13 and Upper Schools from 13 onwards. At this point Hazeldene County Primary Junior School became a lower school and Hazeldene County Primary Infants School also became a lower school, re-named The Hills.
In 2009 Bedfordshire County Council was abolished and Bedford Borough became, once more, LEA for Bedford. Not long afterwards The Hills became an academy and thus exempt from most LEA control. In 2016 and 2017 many Bedford lower schools changed to become primary schools for children aged up to eleven as three-tier education in Bedford Borough slowly and patchily reverted to two-tier - primary and secondary. The Hills became a primary school in September 2017.