Biggleswade Academy is an independent, state-funded Academy providing truly comprehensive education and wraparound care for children aged 2-13.
Based within the facilities of the previous Brigham Pre, Southlands Lower and Holmemead Middle schools the Academy is set across 24 acres and combines the 'through' philosophy and ethos of a single school with the facilities, more commonly found within Bedfordshire, of the three-tier system.
This allows a 'schools within schools' approach to be taken, retaining the smaller school feeling for our younger pupils, whilst granting them access to the kind of facilities only usually accessible within the state system to secondary aged pupils.
This single philosophy has eradicated the Year 4-5 transition point for around half of our traditional middle school cohort and has given us greater capacity to smooth this transition for other children joining us at this point. In addition, this has also provided us with greater opportunity to focus on pupils joining us outside of our standard 'intake' points, allowing a more personalised integration here too.
In total, Biggleswade Academy provides statutory mainstream education for around 800 pupils as well as giving approximately 370 session places at the Academy Preschool.
The Academy also includes an 8 place provision for pupils with severe Autistic needs and hosts an MLD provision from the town special school 'Ivel Valley'.