Special Schools

A special school can be considered if a young person, or a child’s parent or carer believes that the child’s SEND needs require more support than a mainstream school can offer them.

There are specific criteria in the SEND Code of Practice that will affect whether a placement at a special school is agreed. These relate to a child or young person’s:

  • age
  • ability or aptitude
  • special educational needs
  • the impact on the education of others
  • the efficient use of resources

(paragraph 9.79, SEND Code of Practice: 0 to 25 years)

A child or young person attending a special school within Central Bedfordshire will require an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).

The below special schools can be found within Central Bedfordshire:

The Chiltern School

Kingsland Campus Parkside Drive, Houghton Regis LU5 5PX

  • Learners have Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD), Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD) and Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC).
  • Learners are aged 3 to 19 years
  • Learners have an EHCP

Website:  The Chiltern School 

Ivel Valley School and College

Hitchmead Road, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire SG18 0NL

  • Learners have Complex Learning Needs
  • Learners are aged 3-19
  • Learners have an EHCP

Website: Ivel Valley School and College

Oak Bank School

Sandy Lane, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire LU7 3BE

  • Learners have Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs (SEMH)
  • Learners may have additional special educational needs such as autistic spectrum disorder (ASD), attention deficit and hyperactive disorders (ADHD) and speech, language and communication difficulties.
  • Learners are aged 9-19
  • Learners have an EHCP

Website: Oak Bank School

Weatherfield Academy

Brewers Hill Road, Dunstable, Bedfordshire LU6 1AF

  • Learners primary need is Cognition & Learning Delay such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, developmental co-ordination disorder/dyspraxia.
  • Learners may have additional diagnosis such as ADHD, ADD, DLD, speech language and communication needs, CAPD and/or other general learning difficulties
  • Learners are aged 7 to 19
  • Learners have an EHCP

Website: Weatherfield Academy