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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
St. John’s is an all-age (2-19) special school catering for 170 pupils with severe and complex learning difficulties. St John’s have achieved four consecutive ‘outstanding’ Ofsted inspections and are highly regarded within Bedford Borough and the eastern region.
Greys Education Centre is an Alternative Provision Academy providing full-time education for pupils permanently excluded from school and on partnership programmes. Greys Education Centre is a ‘Good’ school where pupils ‘behave well’ and reintegration rates back into mainstream school are ‘Outstanding’ – Ofsted 2014. Our Ofsted report also referred to the school’s ambitions to be ‘world class’.
Grange Academy is a community special academy for pupils aged 5-18 with a wide range of ability levels and additional learning needs, including moderate learning difficulties and autism. Grange was judged to be Good with Outstanding Leadership and Management in July 2017 by Ofsted.