Residents will be asked to have their say on a Leighton Buzzard lower school extending its age range.

That’s after Central Bedfordshire Council’s Executive today (Tuesday, 6 February) approved a consultation into Southcott Lower School extending its age range from 4-9 to 2-9.

The consultation will begin this Thursday (8 February) and will run until Thursday, 15 March.

Southcott has running a pre-school on its site since April 2016 when a privately run early years provider there temporarily closed.

If the change of age range is agreed following the consultation then it will make this temporary arrangement permanent, offering up to 20 pre-school places per session.

If responses to the consultation are favourable then the final decision will be made by Executive Member for Families, Education and Children Cllr Steven Dixon; if not then it will be by all members of the council’s Executive.

Cllr Dixon said: “I would encourage anyone affected by this proposed change of age range to have their say. Your views are very important, and we listen carefully to what residents are saying before making a final decision.”

For more details and to have your say, visit

Paper copies of the consultation will also be available from the school.