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Greys Education Centre

Greys Education Centre,

Primary Provision

provides education for permanently excluded pupils from Years 1-6 on a short term basis. Greys Education Centre, Primary Provision also works in partnership with main stream schools in providing a number of referral places for pupils who are having difficulties in their main stream school.

Bedford Borough's Primary SEMH provision, The Hive, is also situated on the Primary Site. Currently there are 8 places for pupils with an Education Health and Care Plan with SEMH as the primary need

Contact Details for SENDCO

Jo Tift  Tel 01234 889320  Email


Secondary Provision

provides full time education placements for pupils permanently excluded from school. Pupils also attend short term referral placements working in partnership with Bedford Borough Schools. Pupils at Greys Education Centre benefit from accessing the full core curriculum.

Contact Details for SENDCO

Clare Brearel  Tel 01234 408477 Email


Hospital Education Team 

The Hospital Education Team supports young people who are temporarily unable to attend school full time due to illness, following medical treatment or because of admission to Bedford Hospital. We teach in schools, libraries or in our classroom in Bedford Hospital, working closely with the young persons school.

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Who to contact

Contact Name
Jo Tift
Contact Position
Joint Head of School


Where to go

Greys Education Centre
Manor Drive
MK42 7AD
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Greys Primary is based at Chestnut Avenue, Bromham, MK43 8HP.

Greys Hospital class is in Bedford Hospital.


Other Details

Age Bands
11-14 years old
0-4 years old
5-10 years old

Schools Extended Local Offer Response

How does the setting/school/college know if children/young people need extra help and what should I do if I think my child/young person may have special educational needs?



  • We work very closely with the SEND team for those pupils with EHCP’s. We also work closely with other agencies such as the Educational Psychology Team and Advisory teachers to help identify additional needs and support.  Regular telephone calls and review meetings are held with parents/carers to discuss progress and any other concerns.


  • Pupils are in small classes with a teacher and a teaching assistant. This enables the teacher to quickly identify any additional educational needs that the pupil may have.
  • Subject to availability, partnership placements are available. These are accessed through an EHA referral









Hospital Education:


  • Teaching is one to one or in small groups enabling accurate assessment of needs. The Hospital Education teacher will raise any issues at the Review meetings. The home school would coordinate any referrals for extra support.


  • Parents are encouraged to raise any concerns with the Hospital Education Teacher at any time.  Concerns can be raised at Review meetings.


How will the curriculum be matched to my child's/young person's needs?


  • The curriculum is adapted to the needs of individual pupils, guided by the needs identified in the initial assessment period and any identified Special Education Needs.


  • A play based approach is used with those pupils who are not in an emotional state to access a more formal curriculum.


  • For pupils on a partnership placement links are maintained with the partnership school so that there is continuity between the two placements. This helps to ensure the smoothest transition possible when the pupil returns to their school.


  • Pupils are placed in classes depending on their individual needs, not necessarily age based.




  • The curriculum will be personalised, adapted and tailored to the needs of the pupil as appropriate.


Hospital Education:


  • Hospital Education teachers will use the home school’s schemes of work as a basis for teaching.  The Hospital Education teacher will individualise the scheme ensuring it meets the individual needs of the pupil.


  • If taught in groups, the Hospital Education teacher will ensure the needs of each member of the group are addressed.
How will both you and I know how my child/young person is doing and how will you help me to support my child's/young person's learning?


  • On entry to the Primary Provision at Greys all pupils are assessed so that teachers and support staff are aware of the levels the pupils are working at/towards. They are also assessed prior to them leaving so that new schools can be informed of their academic attainment.


  • We work towards reinforcing positive behaviour.  Each pupil has a target book with behaviour and/or learning targets set at the beginning of each week. The pupils work towards receiving badges based on achieving targets. These books are sent home at the end of each week.  All pupils have a home/school book for communication between teachers and parents/carers.


  • The class teacher phones parents/carers weekly to keep them updated on their child’s progress.




  • Pupils on entry attend an admission meeting where specific needs are identified and discussed. Packages of educational support are tailored and personalised to the specific need for each pupil reflecting wishes of parent and young person. Pupils at Greys are monitored every lesson with teachers and behaviour support staff recording progress pupils make. Parents are updated weekly on progress made and any concerns shared immediately, where this is possible, with parents and carers.  Parents are invited in to school for regular review meetings to discuss progress made and any issues as they arise.  Views and wishes of parents and young people are given a high priority when formulating educational plans


Hospital Education:


  • Following the initial meeting with the Hospital Education team (HE), meetings are held every 6-8 weeks to discuss progress medically, socially and academically. The family, home school, medical professionals and any other professionals involved with the pupil are invited to this meeting. Notes of the meeting will be taken and distributed to those at the meeting, those who have been unable to attend and to the family GP.


  • Where a pupil is taught in the home or is brought to a setting by the family, there is the possibility for more intensive contact.


  • Inpatients taught in Bedford Hospital will be met by the class teacher or teaching assistant who will discuss with the family the options available for teaching or supporting the learning of their son/daughter. Parents are welcome to discuss the work completed with the teacher or TA at the end of any session. Where a child is particularly ill, the Parent/Carer may wish to remain with the pupil.
What support will there be for my child's/young person's overall well being?



  • The focus of all learning at the Primary is based on improving behaviour and social skills as well as academic progress. This is done in a nurturing environment that focuses on individual needs.


  • Target books allow us to monitor behaviour and there is a focus on acknowledging positive behaviour through the reward schemes used.


  • Our student voice allows us to listen to the views of the pupils. We also value the views of parents.


  • Regular meetings are held with parents/carers to share any concerns regarding wellbeing, safeguarding and Special Educational Needs.




  • At Greys the pastoral needs of the pupil are as important as their learning needs. Regular liaison with parents and carers sharing any concerns the school may have regarding their wellbeing, safeguarding and their SEND, will take place with immediate effect to support the pupil.  Greys has access to a range of professionals to support pupils’ pastoral needs including a therapeutic behaviour specialist, specialist teaching assistants skilled in managing pupils with behavioural needs, the EWS and external agencies including Plan B, the counselling service and CAMH.  Greys is willing to administer oral medications and epipens with permission from parents. 5 staff at the secondary site are trained First Aiders.


Hospital Education:


  • Hospital Education Team work closely with the health professionals involved with a pupil’s care.  Access to Hospital Education teaching is through the health professional and continued support is on the recommendation of the health professional.


  • The pupil will be invited to Review meetings and asked to contribute.  Where a pupil unable to attend the meeting, their views can be given by any of the other participants at the meeting.


What specialist services and expertise are avaliable at or accessed by the setting/school/college?



  • If we feel that there is a need for more specialist advice/guidance to assist us with meeting the needs of a pupil, we will make referral to other appropriate agencies. We have access to a CAMH practitioner who works directly with pupils and/or their families supporting their emotional needs.
  • We offer a play based curriculum for those pupils that need it.
  • We work in a therapeutic way with pupils to support their emotional and behavioural needs.
  • In addition, we liaise and work with the following external agencies who come in to Greys to support our pupils: Educational Welfare Service, Careers Information Advice and Guidance, Plan B, School nursing service, Social Care including the FISS team, Educational Psychology Team, CAMH and schools counselling service.


Hospital Education:


  • The Hospital Education team work closely with all health and local authority services. In partnership with the family, home school and health professionals, the team will source any additional support required.


  • The core Hospital Education teaching team has over 35 years of experience of working with pupils with additional health needs and have contributed to local and national policy for pupils with additional health needs


How will my child/young person be included in activities outside this classroom including school trips?


  • At Greys Education Centre we provide opportunities for activities and trips out of school which are available to all pupils. Pupils are often involved in the planning of these trips and are encouraged to take responsibility for organising and sourcing activities as part of their learning programmes.


  • The Hospital Education Team advises schools on enabling pupils to access all activities and trips that would be available to their peers.



How accessible is the setting/school/college enviroment?
  • Specialist facilities/equipment required by pupils will be secured after discussion with parents/carers and the Bedford Borough SEND team using ring-fenced budgets attached to pupils EHC plans.  For parents and carers with English as a second language translators will be sourced and provided by Greys.


  • The Primary Provision is on one level and is wheelchair accessible.


  • Hospital Education teach in a variety of venues including schools, libraries, homes, the hospital classroom and ward. A suitable teaching space will be found to meet any needs.



How will the setting/school/college prepare and support my child/young person to join the setting/school/college or the next stage of education and life?



  • Prior to starting at the Primary Provision all pupils and parents/carers attend an admission meeting which provides them with the opportunity to have a look around, ask questions, learn about the school day, meet the staff and be told about the curriculum.  Pupils are given a booklet with photos of the Provision.


  • Partnership pupils also have an admission meeting following an initial school meeting.  Throughout the placement visits from staff from the mainstream school are part of the support plan.


  • For those pupils leaving the provision to go to a new school, a comprehensive transition package will be put in place.




  • When a child is ready to return to a mainstream or more specialised setting robust

reintegration plans are provided by Key Coordinators and discussed with professionals at the receiving schools to aid successful reintegration in to their new setting.  Regular liaison in advance of the move /transfer takes place to support this process.  The wishes of pupils and parents are of great importance when sourcing a new setting/school.


Hospital Education:


  • At the initial meeting, a plan will be agreed on how the pupil will begin to receive support.  The plan is influenced by Health advice, the pupil and their family.


  • At every Review meeting, plans for reintegration will be discussed and agreed. The Hospital Education team will not withdraw until it is clear the pupil is receiving a suitable education without the need for support.


  • The home school is responsible for ensuring the pupil is able to progress into a suitable placement post 16.  Hospital Education support the school with this process.
How are parents involved in the setting/school/college? How can I be involved?



  • Parent/carers are encouraged to have regular contact through weekly phone calls, home school books and review meetings.


  • Parents/carers are invited to all meetings about their child, including ones with

professionals from other agencies.




  • Parents and carers are encouraged to have a pivotal role in determining the type of educational provision provided. Parents and carers will be supported in this process and options discussed.


Hospital Education:


  • The parent/carer will be involved in all review meetings.