Bettridge is a community special educational needs school located in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. We have places for up to 118 pupils ranging in age from 2 to 19 years. All our pupils have a Statement of Educational Needs or an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP).
Pupils aged 2–7 are taught within our three Early Years/Key Stage One classes. Some pupils in this age group initially have an assessment place during which professionals from Education, Health and Social Care assess their needs. This information is used to form the EHCP. This plan may recommend a special school placement for the next phase of education, i.e. from the age of 5 years, or it may recommend a mainstream placement with appropriate support.
Pupils may stay at the school up to the age of 16 years as long as the school continues to fulfil their individual needs.
The school has a Post 16 provision for pupils with profound and multiple learning difficulties. From September 2015 our Post 16 remit will be wider, offering places for pupils whose needs cannot be met in local colleges.
Classes are small with most having 10 children working with a Teacher and at least three Teaching Assistants. Additional staff may also support classes in which pupils have a complex range of needs.
Bettridge has been judged as outstanding for the quality of its work in the last 4 inspections.
As a community special school, Bettridge is run by the Governing Body and Headteacher under the aegis of Gloucestershire Local Authority.