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Medical Needs, Hearing  and Visual Impairment Services

The contracts that HAST has with Central Bedfordshire Council to deliver the Hearing Impairment (HI), Visually Impairment (VI) and Medical Needs (MN) Services have come to an end and the Services are now being delivered by the Council.  HAST and Central Bedfordshire Council have been working together to ensure a smooth transfer with minimal disruption to the Services. We would like to take this opportunity to reassure you that the Services will be delivered as they always have been, there should be no visible difference to the service you and your child receive at home or in school. HAST teachers and support staff (MN, VI and HI) have transferred to the Council, providing continuity of service and care to children, families and schools.


The Medical Needs, Visual impairment and Hearing Impairment teams form part of the SEND Service under Louise Bartos and are based at Watling House, High Street North, Dunstable, LU6 1LF.  Contact details are as follows:

Tel: 0300 300 8038 (for all three teams)

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Who are we?

The Harlington Area Schools Trust (HAST) was created on 1 September 2008 to facilitate collaboration and partnership across the schools within the Harlington Upper School pyramid. Eleven schools have membership at present including the three schools where the Hearing Impairment provision is based.  Each member school appoints a Trustee to the Board of HAST, and their details are on the Schools tab above. 

HAST membership is also given to partners from the local education sector, including Central Bedfordshire College, the University of Bedfordshire and the Education Business Partnership. Our partners bring significant support and expertise to the Trust agenda.

History of HAST

HAST has grown out of the collaboration amongst pyramid schools and their partnership in services such as the Hearing Impairment provision. The Governing Bodies of the schools believe that the creation of a Trust formalises their relationship and provides a sustainable organisation that transcends personalities.

HAST's declared vision is "to provide an exciting and innovative collaborative approach to teaching, learning and governance, in order to ensure that every child in the HAST family receives an excellent well-rounded education from age 3 to 19".

Since its creation, HAST has worked to develop projects which raise standards in teaching, learning and pastoral care across the pyramid and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of business management and procurement within the schools.

Although not all lower schools are yet members of HAST, they remain committed to and active in HAST projects.

HAST is conscious of its responsibilities under the General Data Protection Regulations to keep the data that it holds on the children and young people on its caseloads, and its staff data, safe.  The Data Protection Policy below details how it safeguards this information, and the Privacy Notice explains what information we collect about the children and young people on our caseloads, why we need it and who we share it with.

HAST's Data Protection Officer can be contacted at the HAST Office, Enterprise House, Wrest Park, Silsoe, Beds, MK45 4HR.

Click here for HAST's Data Protection Policy

Click here for HAST's Privacy Notice


HAST is run by the schools for the schools with tight governance and is able to respond swiftly to changing needs and the new challenges they may bring.  There are regular meetings of Heads, Business Managers, SENCOs, IT co-ordinators and safeguarding leads, each group working together to develop common approaches and enhance teaching, learning and pastoral care across all the schools.

The HAST Board consults with the schools to identify areas of concern, and where possible works with them to find solutions.  For example, a number of schools have experienced difficulties in recruiting teaching staff, so HAST has recently provided funding to enable schools to offer recruitment or retention incentives to teachers.

The Trust can also look to its external partners to bring additional expertise to the development of innovative solutions to these challenges.