Alban Church of England Academy is a mixed middle school located in Great Barford, Bedfordshire, England.Pupils began attending Alban Middle School in the September 1976 after Bedfordshire County Council decided to implement the three-tier education system of lower, middle and upper schools across the county . The school was officially opened in June 1977 by the then Bishop of St Albans, the Right Reverend Robert Runcie. The school was the first purpose built voluntary aided middle school opened in Bedfordshire by the Church of England Diocese of St Albans. The name of the school was subsequently changed by the school governors to Alban Church of England Middle School to reflect this link.On 1 April 2011 the school was converted to academy status and was renamed Alban Church of England Academy, becoming independent of local authority control. The Diocese of St Albans is the sponsor of the academy.