SEND Consultation February 2021

SEND Consultation

Consultation document – SEND

Dear Parents, Carers and Families,

I am writing to inform you that a public consultation is now open for you to have your say on proposals to make changes to Central Bedfordshire’s four Special Schools and create additional places for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) within mainstream schools. This is part of the Schools for the Future programme, which is a long-term plan to raise education standards and make sure the Central Bedfordshire area has the right schools, in the right places, delivering the best education.

Over the last 12 months we have been working together with Central Bedfordshire Council to develop the following proposals.

Special Schools
Across Central Bedfordshire’s four Special Schools- The Chiltern School, Ivel Valley School, Oak Bank School and Weatherfield Academy – the proposal is to increase places by 250, from around 700 to 950. These schools would also relocate or expand between 2023 and 2026.

The proposal for The Chiltern School is to increase to 300 places (We currently have 247 pupils on roll) and that we will be relocated to a purpose built new school likely to remain located somewhere on the Kingsland Campus in Houghton Regis.

Additional Resource Provisions
Additional SEND places in mainstream schools are known as Additional Resource Provisions and there are 14 schools across Central Bedfordshire that provide these places. The proposals are to create a further 92 places between 2023 and 2025, with a greater geographical distribution across Central Bedfordshire. This would be in line with future need in Dunstable and Houghton Regis; Harlington; Sandy; Shefford and Stotfold;
Biggleswade; and Leighton-Linslade. Mainstream schools The aim is to also include
multi-use/nurture spaces, where there is space to do so.

Have your say.
You can read more about these proposals online at

We have attached the Proposal Document for you, but there is also a questionnaire for you to provide your feedback. You can provide this at any time between now and May 5th 2021, when the consultation closes.

Your feedback will be carefully considered by schools and the council before any decisions about next steps are made.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Kind Regards,
The Chiltern School