New SEND provision

Keeping you up to date with progress on improved SEND provision for Reading

Brighter Futures for Children is working closely with Reading Borough Council to increase the number of school places for children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities in Reading. Here you will find updates on current projects:

Oak Tree School

The Department for Education announced in March 2019 that Reading was one of 37 towns which would benefit from a new special free school.

It was confirmed in July 2020 the school will be called Oak Tree School and will be operated by the Maiden Erlegh Trust as a free school.

Oak Tree School will be located on land at Winnersh Farm in Wokingham and will offer 150 places for pupils with a Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) and/or an Autism Spectrum Condition diagnosis.

The school will accept pupils from Reading and Wokingham boroughs and is due to open in September 2022.

Brighter Futures for Children and Wokingham Borough Council is working with the Maiden Erlegh Trust and DfE on the project.

The scheme was given planning permission by Wokingham council on 8 September 2021. You can find out more about Oak Tree School at: www.oaktreeschool.org

The Avenue

Plans are under way to expand The Avenue Centre in Tilehurst to create space for an additional 60 pupils with SEND.

The centre, which was previously office space, is due to be converted and refurbished and handed over to The Avenue School Special Needs Academy Trust. This will increase the total number of pupils on site to 235.

Reading Borough Council issued a press release with more details which you can read at: https://media.reading.gov.uk/news/council-to-create-more-send-school-places-with-expansion-of-the-avenue

Hamilton School

Building work is progressing well on creating the new home for Hamilton School, previously known as Phoenix College.

The school, on the site of the old Hamilton Centre, in Bulmershe Road, is an SEMH schools which will cater for up to 64 students aged 11-18 with Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP). It is due to open on its new site in September 2022. You can keep up to date with progress on the school’s website: https://www.hamilton-school.co.uk/