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Public consultation on the expansion of Challney High School for Boys

9 December 2016

A public consultation will be taking place regarding the expansion of Challney High School for Boys. Please read on for further information about the rationale behind the expansion, the consultation timeline and the ways in which you can give your views.


Background information

There has been a significant increase in the number of primary aged children within Luton and this has led to a large increase in primary school places within the last few years.

This increase within the primary sector has meant that Luton Borough Council has had to ensure that there are also enough secondary school places for those children as they move through the system.

To ensure that these additional places are available there are new schools being built within the Town and some of the existing secondary schools are expanding.

Challney High School for Boys has been identified as an appropriate school to expand for the following reasons:

  • The school is heavily oversubscribed with waiting lists for all year groups.
  • In recent years we have not been able to offer places to all of the children in our catchment area.
  • We can only accommodate 825 pupils at present, whereas Challney High School for Girls can accommodate 1050 pupils.
  • There are currently 1087 more boys than girls in the Luton school system. There were 18453 girls as opposed to 19540 boys in the January 2016 school census. The expansion will therefore be a positive outcome for boys living in the local area. 
  • Our last Ofsted inspection judged the school to be outstanding so the expansion will provide more children with an outstanding education.

Our goal / objective

To facilitate the expansion of Challney High School for Boys to better accommodate parental preference and create additional school places to accommodate the growing pupil population in the secondary school sector.

The Chiltern Learning Trust has therefore commissioned the Council’s Fixed Assets Service to design and deliver a building programme to expand our premises.

Earlier this year a planning application was submitted to deliver the following:

  • The provision of a new detached block accommodating ten extra general purpose classrooms and four additional specialist classrooms along with accessible toilets, storage and preparation space.
  • Remodelling of toilet blocks to accommodate the increased numbers.
  • Creation of a courtyard playground with a link to the existing school building.
  • Improved perimeter security, access and exit points to improve student safety.
  • Remodelling of the main and pupil entrances along with improved reception and office spaces.

We are pleased to announce that this application was subsequently approved.

The public consultation

As part of the process of expanding our school we need to consult with members of our local community so that people have an opportunity to give their views about the expansion.

We will therefore be holding a public consultation between Monday 5th December 2016 and Thursday 19th January 2017.

If you have any comments or suggestions about the expansion of the school then you can contact us to make your views known during this time.

Please note that this consultation is about the expansion of our school so that we may be in a position to accommodate more students and NOT the actual planning application for the buildings as this underwent a separate consultation as part of the planning process.

How to give your views

You can give your views by writing to us at the following address or by sending an email to: consultation@challneyboys.co.uk - Please put ‘Public consultation’ in the subject line.

School Hall
Challney High School for Boys
Stoneygate Road
Luton, LU4 9TJ