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Hospital Education

Hospital Schoolroom, Cygnet Wing
Bedford NHS Trust,
Kempston Road,
Bedford MK42 9DJ
Telephone Number 01234 408456

Secondary Provision

Manor Drive, Kempston
Bedford MK42 7AB
Telephone Number 01234 408477

Primary Provision

Chestnut Avenue, Bromham
Bedford MK43 8HP
Telephone Number 01234 889320

 
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Government funding success means a new specialist Free School for Bedford (April 2018)

Bedford Inclusive Learning and Training Trust (BILTT) is delighted to announce that they will be working with Bedford Borough to open a new free school for children with profound and multiple learning difficulties following a stringent bidding process for central government funding.

When the new school opens it will offer 200 places for pupils aged 3 to 19.  Final details including: location and design have yet to be confirmed but the design will incorporate specialist facilities not currently available within Bedford Borough.

The new school will join Grange Academy, St John’s Special School & College and Greys Education Centre as part of BILTT.

BILTT Chief Executive Terry Ashmore commented “This is a real ‘step-forward’ for the community of Bedford and we are looking forward to working with young people, families, Bedford Borough, Challenger Multi Academy Trust and the DfE to create an outstanding provision.”

Chair of BILTT Trust Board Rob Bell also welcomed the decision: “The Board and leadership team are all excited to be working with Bedford Borough to provide more outstanding educational provision for our most vulnerable pupil populations. Statistics indicate the need for an additional 700 specialist SEN places in the Borough by 2030 and the commissioning of our new school is a great step to support continuing educational and lifetime outcome success for our students.”

Free School project partners, Challenger Multi-Academy Trust (CMAT) confirmed that they are “delighted to be working with BILTT on this new provision”.   CMAT is a fully inclusive trust with two specialist provisions for children with social, emotional and mental health issues together with their mainstream academies in Bedford and Essex. Through their extensive work on ‘character education’ and ‘learning outside the classroom’ they are committed to promoting the wellbeing and achievements of all children, regardless of any barriers to learning, and allow them to grow as individuals.  By working in partnership with BILTT they will enhance the new schools specialist expertise and deliver the very best outcomes for young people, their families and carers and the wider community in Bedford.

A Bedford Borough Council spokesman said: “The council is committed to providing high quality education provision for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities, as close to home as possible.  This proposed school will increase capacity, develop greater specialisms and ease the growing pressure on current capacity.”

For more information contact:     Terry Ashmore
Bedford Inclusive Learning and Training Trust
Manor Drive
Kempston
Bedford
MK42 7AB

Email:  info@biltt.org

Bedford Inclusive Learning and Training Trust (September 2017)

Bedford Inclusive Learning and Training Trust is pleased to welcome a third school as part of the organisation.  Grange Academy has recently been judged ‘Good’ by Ofsted with ‘Outstanding’ leadership and joined the Trust from 1st September 2017.  As with both St. John’s Special School and College and Greys Education Centre, Grange will remain as a separate entity for Government inspections but is now part of one legal framework with a single Trust Board.


The aims and vision for the Trust remain the same:  ‘We want to make specialist provision in Bedford the very best it can be and this means aiming to be world class – Grange will add to and strengthen this vision’. Terry Ashmore – Executive Principal.


Grange provides for pupils with moderate learning difficulties and also runs a specialist ASC provision.


Parents and families offer tremendous support to the Trust – without them we could not do what we do.  All three schools will continue to work with numerous community based and national organisations across health, social services and a variety of charities.


If you, or your organisation, can support the Trust and its fundraising charity in any way please contact the Executive Principal, Terry Ashmore.

Email:   terry.ashmore@greys.beds.sch.uk

Please click here to visit the Grange website


Bedford Inclusive Learning and Training Trust (Multi-Academy) (September 2016)

Two of Bedford’s highly regarded specialist education provisions have come together to create the Bedford Inclusive Learning and Training Trust. St. John’s Special School and College and Greys Education Centre, (Bedford’s Alternative Provision Academy), will remain as separate entities for Government inspections but are now part of one legal framework with a single Trust Board.


This is a first for Bedford and Executive Principal Terry Ashmore is keen to ensure that both school communities of family, staff and pupils will shape the journey ahead. Terry commented “We want to make specialist provision in Bedford the very best it can be and this means aiming to be world class. Our vision is to create a ‘Beacon of Excellence’ with regard to specialist provision and training that is recognised locally and nationally: we are striving to ensure that our pupils and families get what they deserve – the very best!”


Both schools provide education for students with complex and varied cognitive and physical lifetime challenges as well as those whose life experiences mean they are unable to access mainstream school provision for a period of time. Greys Education Centre also provides Bedford Hospital’s classroom services where students may only need support for a few days as they recover. Both schools share the mission of ensuring all students are able to access their best possible life-chances.


Parents and families offer tremendous support to the Trust and will continue to be the cornerstone of its success. Both schools will also continue to work with numerous community based and national organisations across health, social services and a variety of charities.


If you or your organisation can support the new Trust and its fundraising charity in any way please contact Executive Principal - Terry Ashmore by email: terry.ashmore@greys.beds.sch.uk


Please click here to visit St John’s School Website