Welcome to Greys Education Centre

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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News

The Harpur Trust 2020 Virtual Art Competition Awards

The school has won £300 for Art supplies and £60 in vouchers to the winning pupil. Prizes were announced by special guests including The Lord Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, Helen Nellis, the High Sheriff, Susan Lousada, and Mayor Dave during a virtual ceremony. Also a number of our students work are part of the Art Gallery exhibition.

 

Highlights of our latest Ofsted Inspection – November 2018 which rated Greys Education Centre as a good school with recommendations that the next inspection be a Section 5 with leaders demonstrating an ambition and commitment to improve the centre further.

“There are very positive and trusting relationships between staff, leaders, pupils and parents and carers”

“Staff are dedicated, and consistent in their approaches and have a shared commitment to ‘never giving up on a child’

Parent Quote “my son has his confidence back and really enjoys learning again”

“96% of the pupils successfully reintegrated into a new school throughout the 2017/18 academic year”

“The vast majority of pupils leaving key stage 4 go on to further education, training, employment or apprenticeships”

“It is evident that the provision staff in Hospital Education work flexibly in order to respond to individual needs and challenges”

“All staff have high aspirations and expectations for every pupil”

“Pupils make strong progress from their different starting points and achieve both personal and academic success”

“The relentless drive, commitment and vigilance of the leadership team, together with that of all of the staff, result in safeguarding practices and procedures that are robust and effective”

“Strong relationships between staff and pupils and the strategies used encourage pupils to manage their behaviour and overcome previously poor attitudes”

“Greys is a reflective teaching community, which is having a positive impact on the progress pupils make”

“Greys offer a wide range of accredited work-related courses and extra-curricular opportunities that engage pupils’ interests and inspire their curiosity”

“Classrooms are calm learning environments and pupils are encouraged and supported to engage”

“School Counsellor has had a significant impact on supporting pupils who have social, emotional and behaviour difficulties”

A new free school for children with profound and multiple learning difficulties is set to open in Kempston

Please click here for more information

 

Bedford Inclusive Learning and Training Trust

Two of Bedford’s highly regarded specialist education provisions have come together this term 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@biltt.org


Forest School at Greys

In September 2015, Greys Education Centre became one of the first alternative provision providers to become a forest school.  Since that time the whole of primary and selective pupils from secondary have participated in weekly forest school activities. 
Pupils have enjoyed the freedom of working outside, understanding the changes in nature and developing ideas through discussion and working together.  The increase in pupil’s confidence and self-esteem has been recognised, as well as their love for the outside environment.

Camp fire lighting fire fire
planting buidling camp cooking
adding peat filling tubs planting seeds

 

Music Mark

As of February 2016, Greys Education Centre is proud to announce that we have been nominated as a Music Mark school. We have been nominated due to our commitment to music as an important part of our overall curriculum.
Quote from Music Mark: “Music for Bedford Borough is an active member of Music Mark and we are delighted your school has been commended by them to join our national membership organisation.“

 

Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award

Several pupils from Greys Education Centre are currently working towards achieving the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award. The Duke of Edinburgh is an Award helps pupils develop positive relationships, observe the benefits of contributing to their local environment, learn new skills, take part in physical recreation and learn map reading and survival skills on a 2 day expedition.
We are doing a sponsored tandem skydive to help raise money to buy kit for the expedition.
Please follow the link for more information or to help raise money.
https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/GECSkydive
The tandem skydive is planned to take part on Wednesday, 22nd June 2016 once exams have been finished.

 

Greys Education Centre – Launch of new Boxing Academy and Fitness Suite

The Boxing Academy allows the students to participate in an individual activity that can be accredited through Amateur Boxing Association (ABA) or Asdan Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (COPE).

Our aim is to engage our students in exercise activities that sustain a healthy lifestyle after school and beyond.

We have cardio-equipment that consists of a treadmill, cross trainer rowing machine and 2 training bikes. We have a resistance training area with power rack that includes pull up bar and dipping bars. There is a 14ft boxing ring as well as heavy bags training area.

Tony Boatswain
Head of PE Department

 

Greys Education Centre – Launch of new Website

Since becoming an Academy in February 2013, Greys Education Centre are pleased to launch a new website which has been developed to compliment a new corporate identity which includes - new logo, new signage across the sites, new headed stationery, staff identity badges.

Assisted by Bedford Borough’s Web Development Team, a sleek and stylish website has been designed, full of new features and new imagery.  We have also made the site more user-friendly.

The site will be continuously improved and updated with news and information.

Please visit us at   www.greys.beds.sch.uk  - we hope you like the new site

 

Grey Education Centre Achieve Investors in People Silver Award

Excellent News!!! On re-assessment, Greys Education Centre achieved the Investors in People – Silver standard against key strengths and objectives of the school:

  • The school has a strong focus on diversity and the Senior Leadership Team work very hard to provide people with the opportunity to use their talents.
  • People throughout were very positive about the school’s approach to balancing their work and personal lives.
  • People throughout the school demonstrated a very high level of commitment to success evidenced by their focus on the well-being of pupils.
  • A wide range of learning and development activities are in place.
  • Managers were able to describe how they act as role models for inspirational leadership and have an open, honest and trusting management style.
  • All of the staff interviewed felt that their career prospects had improved as a result of their learning and development in the school.
  • A positive climate supports continuous improvement.
  • Learning takes place effectively.
  • Leadership and management is effective.

Quotations from interviewees evidencing strengths:

  • “We plan together, think of topics, share and work to each other’s strengths”
  • “Work life balance is really good”
  • “Training has improved my knowledge of the issues that pupils have – and this has raised my commitment”
  • “I’ve learned a lot from training days”
  • “A good place to work”


Facework.com Pilot School

Greys Education Centre takes part in a National Pilot.

Facework is a pilot research and development project funded by Nominet Trust that will seek to transform Work Related Learning and Careers Education for marginalised Young People.

Greys Education Centre has taking part in this project in conjunction with the Inclusion Trust and Stephen Carrick Davies former CEO of Childnet. The pilot involves Year 11 students and has the aim to develop an exciting, creative online platform. Stephen believes ‘we can harness the positive power of social media to inspire young people to better promote their skills, experience, interests and passions and create a work-ready profile (as opposed to just a social profile)’. Our young people have benefited from being at the initial design stage and have had the opportunity to start to develop their digital CV’s, meeting prospective employers and identifying next steps when they leave.

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