A building project at Mark Rutherford School has secured £2m funding and is set to become a Centre of Excellence by inspiring the next generation of science, technology, engineering, arts and maths (STEAM) professionals.
With financial support from the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) through the Local Growth Fund, Bedford Borough Council and Central Government, the building will offer much-needed specialist general teaching spaces for mixed age groups of students and a lecture hall.
The Putnoe school is fast becoming a regional STEAM hub and the skills the school is developing will feed directly into the vision of the UK’s Silicon Valley.
Headteacher Mr Millard said: “This building project is a great example of a successful collaborative approach that is steering investment directly towards developing the future of our young people.”
Hilary Chipping, Chief Executive at SEMLEP said, “Our area has major business strengths in innovative sectors that are going to change the way we live and work but we need many more young people with STEAM-related skills and knowledge to take up careers in these industries.
“Mark Rutherford School’s vision for this project is a great example of how we work together towards developing a talent-pipeline of young people with the attributes that meet local employers’ needs.
“This project can make a major contribution to our area’s future success and we are pleased to contribute to this project through our Local Growth Fund.”
Cllr James Valentine, Executive member for Education at Bedford Borough Council said: “Mark Rutherford School continues to provide excellent educational experiences and wonderful opportunities to the young people of Bedford Borough.
“The improved facilities will not only enrich the experiences for students, it will future proof employability skills for all students on roll.”