More than 50 Bewdley residents braved the snow on Wednesday 8th March, 2023 to attend a public meeting hosted by The Bewdley School Foundation. The purpose was to discuss the future of the school site as the Foundation negotiates to take it on, and develop the site in the best interests of the school and the Bewdley community.

This follows a successful National Lottery Reaching Communities bid in partnership with The William Mills Foundation late in 2021, which reopened Bewdley Youth Centre as The Will Mills Centre. The Bewdley School Foundation was formed in April 2022 as a partnership between The Bewdley School, Bewdley Festival and Bewdley Civic Society, the two partner organisations having well-established links with the school.

The Foundation outlined their ambitious plans to develop the site to improve traffic management and parking on Stourport Road and improve the leisure and sports facilities. Further development on the main school site will build on the town and school’s excellent reputation for the arts, with an aspiration to build a 500 seat theatre. This would be a great facility for the school, a home for Bewdley Festival and a venue of regional importance to attract high quality performers to the town.

Chair of the Foundation and Head Teacher of the School, Dave Hadley-Pryce said, ‘We are very lucky in Bewdley to have such a supportive and enthusiastic community. The school has a very committed and stable staff and a mature and very capable governing body. The formation of the Foundation now gives us the opportunity to put the school at the heart of the community, not just symbolically but as a place where the community can meet. We look forward to a growing relationship with our town.

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