SEND Place Planning

SEND Place Planning

Specialist Provision

Bradford offers a range of educational provision to meet the needs of Children and Young People with Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND).

This includes provision in both Local Authority Maintained Schools and Academy schools including:

  • Mainstream Schools 
  • Special Schools
  • Resourced Provision led by the school (RP-SL)
  • Resourced Provision led by the Local Authority (RP-LA)
  • Resourced Provision led by the Local Authority ARC (RP-ARC)
  • Early Years Enhanced Specialist Provision (EYESP)

The planning of provision for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities within the District is guided by a number of principles including:  

  • The Council will ensure that suitable provision is available for all children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities aged 0-25 and will provide appropriate services to encourage, enable and assist relevant young adults aged 19-25 to engage and remain in education and training. A child or young person has SEND if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her.
  • The Council will seek to make such provision for those up to the age of 19 through local mainstream nurseries and schools, if necessary with additional resources or equipment. For children whose needs cannot be met in this way, the Council will seek to make appropriate provision through its special schools, Resourced Provisions (RP's) Additional Resourced Centre (ARC) or Early Years Enhanced Specialist Provision (EYESP) where this is possible. For young people aged 16-19 provision may be at a school or college and for young people aged 19-25 provision is likely to be college based.
  • The Bradford District has experienced a significant increase in demand for SEND provision in the last 10 years and has invested significant resources to develop specialist provision within the District to avoid the need to place young people out of District enabling them remain part of their local school community.  It is acknowledged that there are exceptional cases where this is not possible. It is projected that the demand for SEND provision will continue to grow and that additional specialist provision in the Bradford District will be required for 2021-2023.

Provision over the next 3 years

In March 2017 the Council published Bradford’s SEND Strategic Review 2016 – 2020 outlining the SEND needs of children and young people across the District. Since then the Council  has worked on an updated SEND strategy 2018-2022 to reflect the changing educational landscape.

In September 2021 published Sufficiency of Specialist Places for School Aged Children and Young People in Bradford  2021 -2022 which sets out the Councils priorities for expansion of Specialist places across the District. 


Actions taken to provide additional places 

Over the last 3 years Bradford have increased capacity at a number of Special Schoolsn and have increased capacity and created new Resourced Provisions accross the District.

The plans for the next three years are to create an additional 340 places both within Special Schools and the creation and expansion of Resourced Provisions. 


Primary Special School Forecasts

Primary special school provision, includes all-through school information:

     Beckfoot Phoenix

     Chellow Heights - on 2 sites, pupils from both sites included


     High Park

Forecast up to 2023/24


Secondary Special School Forecasts

Secondary special school provision, includes all-through school information:



     High Park



Forecast up to 2023/24





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