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(UK) Kempston: Plans for new 200 place special school; 'numbers...have only increased'

Oct 18, 2022, Bedford Today: Green light for new 200-place special needs school to be built in Kempston

Central England

A new 200-place special educational needs school is to be built in Kempston after planning permission was granted this week….

Janine Laver, Bedford Borough Council’s development manager, told the Planning Committee yesterday (Monday, October 17): “The school is to address a significant deficiency in SEND capacity within the borough.

“Over 100 Bedford borough SEND students are currently educated in schools outside of the borough.”…

“And those numbers of special educational needs pupils have only increased since I retired years ago, so it’s important to have the provision….

“So from an educational point of view, this will be a good thing – to have a state-of-the-art 200 place special school within our own borough,” she said.

Planning permission was granted unanimously by committee members. The school is set to open in phases, starting in September 2024.

It will be the second special needs school in Kempston.


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