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Saint George of England School Toddington

Saint George of England School March 2016
Saint George of England School March 2016

By the late 1960s the old National School accommodation was becoming untenable and so it was decided to build a new school on a new site adjacent to the old Council School in Leighton Road. In the event the move was staged, the old Council School buildings being occupied by the older children from March 1963, the younger children remaining at Station Road whilst the new school was built [SDToddington1/6]. When the move from both sets of older buildings into the new school was complete the old school buildings were retained for a short time to provide supplementary teacher accommodation. The Station Road buildings would eventually be demolished and modern housing built on the site.

The new school, named Saint George of England Voluntary Controlled County Primary School opened on 5th September 1967 with 370 children on the roll, staff consisted by the headmaster, a deputy head and nine teachers [SDToddington1/6].

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. Saint George of England VC County Primary School thus became Saint George of England VC Lower School.

In 2009 Bedfordshire County Council, the Local Education Authority, was abolished and the county split into two unitary council areas. Toddington formed part of Central Bedfordshire Council which thus became the new LEA for the school. However, shortly thereafter the school opted out of LEA control, becoming an academy under the name Toddington Saint George Church of England School.

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