What’s on at Grange

2022 - 2023

Sports equipment charity boost for Grange Academy

Grange Academy has been chosen by UK Plumbing Supplies Bedford branch, Plumb City to receive a generous share of over £4,000 raised across their central region for much needed school equipment.

Working in partnership with Valient Group both companies generously donated £10 for every Glow Worm boiler sold last summer to build their charity pot.

Grange pupils were delighted to receive a range of sports equipment including footballs, basketballs, team bibs, pumps and scooters with safety gear from Glow Worm’s Niall and Plumb City’s Zara this week.

Sports co-ordinator Paul Kilcoyne commented “Sports activities and exercise of all types are so important for our pupils who have a wide range of additional learning needs. This great new equipment and kit will help every pupil engage with sports that are both new and familiar to them. We are incredibly grateful to Glow Worm and Plumb City for choosing our school”.

Creating opportunities for adults with additional needs

Local multi academy trust BILTT has been able to offer training and employment opportunities within their Facilities Team to a young man with additional needs. Former Ivel Valley community special school pupil James, 28 had not been in employment since leaving school but is now training in an Assistant Site Agent role.

Working closely with Site Manager Paul Rowley James reported that he was “nervous at first but, I am really enjoying learning and keeping busy”. He is also appreciative of the support and guidance his mentor Paul is providing.

A 2017 study* has revealed that just 6% of adults with a learning disability who are able to work are currently in employment. BILTT schools include St. John’s Special School and Grange Academy whose pupils all have additional needs.

BILTT HR Manager Bernice Russell commented “James is an amazing young man who has grown in confidence over the time he’s been with us. I would urge any employers who are reticent about employing someone with additional needs to give it a go.

At BILTT, our Vision and Values Statement promotes dynamic partnerships which celebrates the success and positive outcomes, recognising strengths and qualities in all. James provides a positive role model for our pupils at all the Trust’s schools as he works around our sites, and demonstrates that with the right support, people with learning disability can achieve long term, useful employment, with progression opportunities, enabling them to become more independent and live fulfilling and happy lives.

National Competition Success for Grange Academy Pupil

Grange Academy Pupil Mya has taken top spot in a national festive card competition with her stunning digital Xmas tree design. Run by award winning online interactive learning space Purple Mash the winning designs are currently available as personalised digital cards in a learning activity for all users of the highly regarded digital educational platform.

Grange ICT co-ordinator Claudine Rowley commented “Mya worked incredibly hard on her design; she chose the painting technique carefully and used various parts of the 2Paint application”

New Classrooms Opened at Grange Academy

Grange Academy pupils welcomed families and VIP guests to the grand opening of their new building. Local Bedford Blues rugby star Luke Frost and Mohammad Yasin MP officially opened the new classroom accommodation.

Pupils enjoyed face painting, outdoor games and a bouncy castle to celebrate the completion of the state-of-the-art classrooms which feature environmentally sustainable heating systems, interactive boards and large teaching spaces. The new classrooms were designed and developed after a successful £2.4m funding bid was achieved through the government’s CIF grant.

Catherine Assink, BILTT CEO and former Grange headteacher, responsible for securing the bid, said “At what is arguably an unprecedented time of flux in our lives and history, special schools like Grange Academy are holding up a lantern of inclusiveness and hope. They are beacons of unity, of us working together as one for the benefit of everyone, no matter who we are or where we come from. The new classrooms will help achieve this through decent teaching spaces that will help the school go from strength to strength.”

Grange headteacher Rachel Timms added, “Grange is a special place for both staff and pupils and we are thrilled to be enhancing the opportunities we are able to provide for our young people.”  Click on any image to access the full gallery.

BILTT Pupil Fun Day

Pupils from all BILTT schools came together early in autumn term to enjoy a day of fun learning activities hosted by Grange Academy.

Primary and secondary classes from Greys Education Centre, St John’s Special School and Grange Academy experienced new activities and workshops throughout the day including drumming and singing, Forest School, crazy science workshops, face painting and outdoor games. Ark-Farm visited with cute and cuddly rabbits and guinea pigs, chickens, ducks, sheep and their friendly and playful Labrador dogs.

Feedback from pupils was hugely positive and one class teacher reported that her class “found the Crazy Scientist show so funny, really thinking he didn’t know what he was doing”.

Grange Academy’s Elm class reported they were especially fond of the free ice-cream van, the animals and the visit from both a police van and fire engine through the day.

Parents also fed back on how much pupils had enjoyed the activities “I heard all about today on the way home. It sounds like a fantastic day and a fun time had by all”

Grange Academy chef Bev and her team provided delicious snack bags for all attendees and planning has already started for our next BILTT Pupil Xmas Fun Day.  Click on any image to access the full gallery.

BILTT’s First Summer Fayre

Visitors enjoyed the autumn sunshine at the first BILTT summer fayre hosted by Grange Academy and over £1,000 was raised to be shared across our schools.

Families enjoyed a wide range of activities including a birds of prey display, bouncy castle and a great range of games and craft stalls as well as delicious hot food from Grange’s talented chef Bev.

This first all school family event was only possible thanks to the support of staff, stall holders, families and all our visitors who made the event such a success.  Click on any image to access the full gallery.

Grange Academy is a Unicef Gold Rights Respecting School and Gold Artsmark School. Ofsted rated ‘Good’ (May 2022).
Telephone: 01234 407100 – Office Email: grange@biltt.org