We were very disappointed to learn of the delay to the opening of Oak Tree School in Winnersh, which had been expected to open in September 2022.

Brighter Futures for Children (BFfC) will ensure that those Reading children for whom Oak Tree would have been a suitable school will have places found for them in other appropriate settings.

As a key stakeholder, BFfC will continue to work closely with the Department for Education and Wokingham Borough Council, who are leading the project, as well as with Reading Borough Council (RBC) and Maiden Erlegh Trust. We will be pushing for this important project to progress as quickly as possible.

In the meantime, BFfC and RBC are progressing with a programme to increase the number of school places for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in Reading. This includes the expansion of The Avenue School in Tilehurst, the relocation of Hamilton School and the establishment of specialist units in mainstream schools and nurseries.