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New school for excluded pupils planned for central Bedfordshire

Ten Bedfordshire schools have submitted plans for a school for excluded pupils to the Department of Education.

The proposed free school will provide education and personalised support for around 140 pupils.

It will be located at the Kingsland site in Houghton Regis and the former Roecroft Lower School in Stotfold.

Central Bedfordshire Councillor Mark Versallion said the proposal would mean fewer children dropping out of the education system.

'Best possible outcome'

"For all the head teachers to share the problem is a great thing, otherwise the child just gets passed from school to school.

"This way, they will be pooling their resources to find the best possible outcome for that child," he said.

Nigel Croft, head teacher at Redborne Upper School in Ampthill, said the plan was at the "forefront" of government thinking.

"The new facility will provide for our presently permanently excluded pupils and give them the pathway to succeed in employment or further training," he added.

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