Frustration as new Special Needs School fails to open for the start of term in September

25 May 2024
Max Royden outside unfinished Rivertree special school

Delays on this vital project are a real disappointment. Numbers of students with EHCPs (Education Health and Care Plans) have risen by 23% in the Borough over the past four years (source: Bedford Borough ) and pressure on mainstream schools is acute.

Cllr Max Royden, Children and Education spokesperson for Bedford Liberal Democrats, commented: “Children and young people, staff and parents and carers have been let down by this delay; they must be at the heart of everything we do. We would like to praise and thank all the staff dealing with this added delay. With funding for this trailblazing school being secured under our previous administration, led by former Mayor Dave Hodgson, it is disappointing that the Conservative administration have failed to keep the focus and deliver it on time in this home stretch.”

Coverage: Disappointment as opening of new Kempston SEND school delayed - Bedford Independent

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