A new Focus school campus on the horizon for September 2014!

A Brethren Education Trust has successfully purchased a building and site with the intention of transforming it into a school campus. The vision is to educate approximately 160 students in academic years 3 to 13, from the Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire areas. The planning application for the campus was approved in July 2013.

Plymouth Brethren - Focus Education

The building and adjoining site, known as ‘The Oaks’, is located on Potton Road, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire. The entire site is approximately three acres or 12000m² and includes Oak Tree Farm house with a 700m² barn.  The original planning proposal included a large proportion of the house plot for the campus premises, with the barn allocated for use as a hall and additional classroom provision.

Plymouth Brethren - Focus Education

The accommodation in the main building measures approximately 1700m² and will provide classrooms as well as specialist rooms for Science, CDT, Cookery and Technology.  The site is being carefully designed so that there will be ample space for on-site PE and play areas; parking for staff, visitor and volunteers’ cars, and for the 12-seater minibuses used as student transport.

Plymouth Brethren - Focus Education

Main Entrance

David Stacey, of the Ermine Education Trust commented: “The new building will provide a state-of-the-art facility to replace the existing Focus school campuses in Barnet and Cheshunt. There will be many days of hard work over the coming months, but the site will be rejuvenated to become a busy and vibrant education establishment, where teachers and students will appreciate the excellent facilities that will be provided.


Plymouth Brethren - Focus Education

First Floor – West Wing

 The new campus will be known as the Focus Biggleswade Campus, and will be opening in September 2014.

Plymouth Brethren - Focus Education

First floor Main Hall

35 thoughts on “A new Focus school campus on the horizon for September 2014!”

  1. oz says:

    buzzing B’s can’t wait to get there! Rock on September twenty fourteen!

  2. Zuggy says:

    What a great looking building – wow, good for you!

  3. Don’t forget us!!! Maybe there is room for the rest of Dunstable Campus as well……….

  4. eMI says:

    Excellent site, excellent building, excellent workers needed. Looking forward to great results. It started in a two room flat, then a bunch of cabins, now a hotel!!!

    1. DoubleN says:

      How do you know about 2 room flats – were you there at the start? Linesdown

    2. 1st Little Pig says:

      Those were the days!
      I was there at Lyonsdown in the early days, remember the History teacher with the Maestro which needed filling with water after every lesson!
      Just think of where we’ve come, after that we helped build the Whetstone Campus (not a bunch of cabins to start with I may say, but a very stylish school building – albeit with rather a lot of dry-lining filler applied and sanded off during the building stage!) and now The Oaks – now that’s progress!

  5. humpty dumty says:

    soo cool…. yeah maybe vc with u one day…:) happy Days…..
    /a girl

    1. LEC KID.... says:

      same here..
      can u do some vc with yr8’s??

  6. Granny says:

    This looks pretty fantastic for a school, doesn’t it? So glad you got the permission through – now for the hard work! Everyone will get a tremendous buzz out of it though! And when you open the doors to the students next September there will be joy and rejoicing all round!!

    1. Brookside says:

      Who would have thought that there could be joy and rejoicing about going to school?? I agree with you though Granny.

  7. Jane says:

    It’s an excellent building, location, everything – wish I was back at school!

  8. Bob says:

    Can’t wait to see it all kitted out. I’m sure it will prove to be an exceptionally motivating learning environment. Looks like those days of not wanting to go to school will soon be over! 🙂

  9. ME! says:

    lucky you!! you will have to VC SBN sometime!!!

    1. Ali says:

      Just a PBCC kid here from Aussie..
      You better VC to Ballarat too…

    2. pickle1 says:

      Sure will do- anyone else?
      I can see we are going to be busy!

    3. ME! says:

      Yes Pickle1 you will have to come to SBN then we go there!?!?! OK thats a deal!!

    4. eMI says:

      Please, What does SBN stand for? I am not used to abbreviated language

    5. Pickle2 says:

      SBN stands for Stoke-by-Nayland Campus. Kids from Aldebugh, Ipswich, Colchester, Chelmsford and Southend go there.

  10. Brookside says:

    Lucky kids – looks amazing – I am really pleased for you – roll on September 2014 and make sure students that you work hard.

  11. B.H.Calcutta says:

    I was actually invited to look round this amazing place during the last 12 months – it’s difficult to believe no-one had another use for it (or that any ordinary person could be against your project) but I have not a doubt that this particular use will prove to be very successful – let us know what the first years’ record-breaking exam results are won’t you!

  12. Ozzie PBCC says:

    Very impressive………love to come and visit one day 🙂

  13. Dudette says:

    This school is awesome!! U lucky kids!! Wish I was coming too!! 🙂
    Remember to VC to Dunstable Campus..! And make sure we come & visit 😉

  14. Blondie says:

    Massive school with lots of potential!!!!

  15. I says:

    Slight difference from our last school, the portacabins are getting a bit holey!

  16. Hopeful says:

    Looks great, hope it will be ready in time for September 2014!! Crack the whip, brian boy!!

  17. Pleased says:

    What a lovely building – will make an fantastic school. All the best.

  18. Me says:

    WOWOWO …… can I come please?

  19. HazelNut says:

    Wish you all the best…very smart
    Maybe we’ll do VC with you sometime?
    Have fun.

  20. impressed! says:

    Looks great – what an environment to work and learn in!!

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