Special Schools and Additionally Resourced Provisions

Most children will have their special educational needs met in their mainstream schools. However, some children's needs will require more support than a mainstream school can provide, and so we have also developed a range of specialist education provision in Central Bedfordshire, including special schools, alternative education providers and additionally resourced provisions.

Special Schools

Central Bedfordshire has the following special schools for children with an Educational Health and Care Plan (EHCP):

Ivel Valley School and College - Biggleswade, caters for learners who have a range of Special Educational Needs (SEN).  

Oak Bank School - Leighton Buzzard, works with pupils who have Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs.

The Chiltern School - Dunstable and Houghton Regis, offers all through education, from 2-19 years, for pupils with a range of special educational needs.

Weatherfield Academy - Dunstable,  is for young people who find it difficult to maintain their progress in mainstream educational settings due to a recognised Cognition & Learning Delay.

Additionally Resourced Provisions

Mainstream schools which cater for Autistic Spectrum Conditions 

Autism is a ‘spectrum condition’, meaning that it can differ a lot from person to person. Not all autistic people face the same challenges and they will be highly individual in their needs.

  • Ramsey Manor Lower School (Barton-le-Clay, lower school)
  • St. Swithun's Primary School (Sandy, primary school)
  • Biggleswade Academy (Biggleswade, primary / middle school)
  • Arnold Academy (Barton-le-Clay, middle school)
  • Manshead Academy (Caddington, secondary school)
  • Samuel Whitbread Academy (Clifton, upper school)

Schools which cater for those with social, emotional and mental health difficulties

For some children and young people, difficulties in their emotional and social development, can mean that they require additional and different provision in order for them to achieve. This is known as social, emotional and mental health difficulties (SEMH).

  • Lancot School (Dunstable, primary school)
  • Silsoe Lower School (Silsoe, lower school)

Hearing Impairment Provision

There are 20 spaces available across the following 3 schools:

  • Toddington St. George Church of England School (Toddington, lower school)
  • Parkfields Middle School (Toddington, middle school)
  • Harlington Upper School (Harlington, upper school)

Language Impairment Provision

There are 2 schools offering spaces for those with language impairment:

  • Heathwood Lower School (Leighton Buzzard, lower school)
  • St. Andrews Lower School (Biggleswade, lower school)
Independent Special Schools

The SEND code of practice states, we must publish the list of independent special institutions (Independent Special Schools - England and Wales and Special Post-16 Institutions) approved by the Secretary of State under Section 41 of the Children and Families Act 2014.

See the published list on the Gov UK website.