Fairfield Park is a new housing development in the process of being built on the site of the former Fairfield Hospital just to the south of the Bedfordshire town of Stotfold. This occupied a mature, parkland site within Stotfold's boundaries but separate from the town. This separation is now accentuated by the main A507 road which bypasses Stotfold and forms a major link to the A1, A1(M) and M1.
The Fairfield Development comprises some 900 dwellings of different housing types and about 100 apartments in the imposing Victorian Grade II* listed former hospital building. Given the size of development and its distance from the Stotfold lower schools, the County Council decided that this new development would be best served by a new lower school sited within it. It will primarily serve the new development and its defined catchment area will reflect this. It will be built as a 150 place school with a 3+ nursery unit. The building's design readily allows for additional capacity to be easily provided.
The school will be sited in the centre of the Park off a public square with many mature trees along its perimeter. It is surrounded by housing, some of it social, and a purpose-built community centre is adjacent. Click to view the site plan.
Number, size and type of classrooms are in accordance with the latest advice from the DfES and feature a specialised IT suite and landscaped internal courtyard as a secure outdoor classroom. Grounds to the rear will be mainly laid out as a grassed playing field with a small nature area. Two themed gardens are envisaged for the front of the school.
The development has high quality housing built to a common design brief echoing the hospital building and in common with many Victorian country estates. The school's design follows this brief being brick-faced with a pitched slate roof and wood sash windows.
Recognising the school's important role as a centre of any community, it is designed to facilitate community use with parts of the building, such as the kitchen and hall readily accessible.
The school is expected to be completed and opened by September 2007, however building works on the Fairfield Park site are expected to continue beyond this.
It is also expected that initially the school will admit pupils aged 3 - 6 including any year 2 pupils resident in its catchment area. After 2 years it will be fully operational admitting pupils aged 3 - 9 years.
A permanent Governing Body, is now formed.
For details on admissions, please click here