Opening School Facilities Fund Phase 2

"What a terrific response from schools across Bedfordshire to the Opening Schools Facility Fund application window. Demand for funding support outstripped supply and the quality of the applications made it a very competitive process. As a team we were delighted with how many schools demonstrated their passion and determination to work to support young people who face multiple barriers to participation and we hope we can continue to work with all schools to reduce the inequalities many face."

Clare Fitzboydon, Director of team BEDS&LUTON

In February 2021 Sport England announced that £10.1 million of Department for Education funding (DfE) will be invested into the Active Partnership network to:

  • support schools to open their facilities outside of the normal school day
  • to increase the breadth and volume of sports and activities available

Particular focus will be on those schools with a high percentage of pupils eligible for FSM, Pupil Premium and SEND; also schools within areas of deprivation where physical activity levels are typically low.

For more information or support, contact

* Please note that this round of funding of applications is now closed.

Congratulations to these 33 schools across Luton, Central Bedfordshire and Bedford who have been successful in securing a portion of Sport England's Opening School Facilities funding.


Central Bedfordshire


Cardinal Newman Catholic School

Hadrian Academy

Hazeldene School

Stockwood Park Academy

Stanbridge Lower School

Grange Academy

Icknield High School

Sandy Secondary

Sharnbrook Academy

Chalk Hills Academy

Vandyke Upper School

Lincroft Academy

Farley Junior Academy

Maulden Lower School

Great Ouse Primary Academy

Stopsley High School

Gilbert Inglefield Academy

Livingstone Primary School

River Bank Primary School

Cedars Upper School

Kempston Challenger Academy

Beech Hill Community Primary

Parkfields Middle School

St John's Special School and College

Challney High School for Girls

Stratton Upper School

Lealands High School

Heathwood Lower School

Shefford Lower School

Hockliffe Lower School

Silsoe Lower School

Linslade School

Beaudesert Lower School

Checklist for Successful Schools

To ensure your pupils and communities can access these fantastic opportunities at your schools as soon as possible, we have created a checklist of tasks and a collection of supporting documents to help you through the process.

To do


To do


Read, sign and return Service Level agreement

Risk assess new activities/provision considering COVID (see documents below)

Complete and return New Supplier form with school's details

Read and adhere to Health and Safety guidance for new provision considering COVID (see documents below)

Send school's bank details on school letterhead

Ensure new provision runs in line with GDPR laws

Purchase Order number received from Active Luton

Collect data as outlined in the appendix of the SLA (see data collection document below) Deadline Monday 19th September 2021.

Send invoice for full amount of school's award

Collect evidence from participants/parents/carers/leaders/teachers ie photographic/video/quotes. Deadline Monday 19th September 2021.

Purchase equipment/organise delivery to begin provision in line with SLA

Complete and submit a case study. Deadline Friday 29th October 2021.

Sport England required data

Supporting documents

* Required Field

The purpose of this funding is to;
• support schools opening their sports facilities to their pupils and the local community
• the facilities must open before school (not specifically breakfast clubs), in the evenings, at weekends or during school holidays
• support schools to open their facilities in areas with high levels of inactivity, high percentages of FSM and for those with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities
• support schools with swimming pools on site to allow them to open to the target groups in a COVID safe manner

(Limited to 250 words)

NB The funding allocations must be spent by August 31st 2021 with activities/facilities opening during Summer Term 2021. Only in special circumstances can some projects start in Autumn Term 21/22.

To discuss any parts of this application further, contact Annelise Finlayson

Closing date for this application is Friday 30th April 2021 at 5pm

The Head Teacher must approve this application before it is submitted

  • Case Study Template (MS Word, 24 Kb)

    A case study of your project must be submitted by Friday 29th October 2021.