Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) – Admissions to specialist settings

Many children with SEND will be able to be educated in mainstream school. Mainstream schools get funding to support a child or young person’s place. They are expected to take reasonable steps within this funding to do this.

There are four groups or settings where children with SEND may be educated:

  1. Mainstream schools AND academies – most will have their needs met there
  2. Special Educational Needs resourced provision – this is extra support in a mainstream school. For example, a separate classroom
  3. State funded special schools and academies
  4. Independent specialist provision for children with the most complex needs.

The SEND code of practice sets out the rights of parents and responsibilities of schools and local councils. Parents may request a place at a particular school.

Schools and local councils must consider the education of other children at the school when deciding on a placement.

Admission to SEND settings is agreed through a specialist provision admissions panel. If specialist education is right for the child, discussions with the family and school will confirm place and start date.


Special schools and provisions

Generic Special Schools

Cater for a range of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. Main focus is pupils who are at least one key stage below most other learners of the same age.

  • Brooke School, Overslade Lane, Rugby, CV22 6DY
    Tel: 01788 812324 admin7023@welearn365.com
  • Welcombe Hills School, Blue Cap Road, Stratford-Upon-Avon, CV37 6TQ
    Tel: 01789 266845 admin7044@welearn365.com
  • Ridgeway School Deansway, Warwick, CV34 5DF
    Tel: 01926 491987 admin7028@welearn365.com
  • Round Oak School Support Service and Sports College, Brittain Lane,
    Warwick, CV34 6DX,
    Tel: 01926 423311 admin7030@welearn365.com
  • Oak Wood Primary School, Morris Drive, Nuneaton, CV11 4QH
    Tel: 02476 740907 admin7002@oakwoodschools.co.uk
  • Oak Wood Secondary School, Morris Drive, Nuneaton, CV11 4QH
    Tel: 02476 740901 admin7046@oakwoodschools.co.uk
  • Woodlands School, Packington Lane, Coleshill, Birmingham, B46 3JE
    Tel: 01675 463590 admin7047@welearn365.com

Specialist Special Schools

Cater for pupils who can use the mainstream curriculum with specialist support.

  • Exhall Grange Specialist School & Science College, Easter Way, Ash Green,
    Coventry, CV7 9HP
    Tel: 02476 364200 admin7000@welearn365.com
  • Discovery Academy, MacIntyre Academies, Vernons Lane, Beaumont Road,
    Nuneaton, CV11 5SS
    Tel: 02477 103370 warwickshire@macintyreacademies.org
  • Arden Fields School, Stratford Road, Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire, B95 6AD
    Tel: 01564 792514 admin7001@welearn365.com
  • Quest Academy, c/o MacIntyre Academies Trust, Vernons Lane, Nuneaton, CV11 5SS
    Tel: 01788 593112 quest.office@macintyreacademies.org

Special School bases off-site

Provide for a range of different needs.

  • Rokeby Brooke Partnership and Harris Brooke Partnership Brooke School, Overslade Lane, Rugby, CV22 6DY
    Tel: 01788 812324 admin7023@welearn365.com
  • Exhall Grange Learning Pod, Exhall Grange Specialist School and Science College, Easter Way, Ash Green, Coventry, CV7 9HP
    Tel: 02476 364200 admin7000@welearn365.com

Specialist bases in mainstream schools

Provide for a range of communication and interaction needs.

  • Maple Class Lillington Primary School, Cubbington Road, Leamington Spa, CV32 7AG
    Tel: 01926 425114 admin2621@welearn365.com
  • Peter’s Place Trinity Catholic School, Guy’s Cliffe Avenue,
    Leamington Spa, CV32 6NB
    Tel: 01926 428416 trinityschooloffice@welearn365.com
  • Evergreen Water Orton Primary School, Attleborough Lane, Water Orton,
    Birmingham, B46 1SB
    admin2618@welearn365.com
  • The Bridge, Middlemarch School, College Street, Nuneaton, CV10 7BQ,
    Useful information

Independent specialist provision

In some cases, the most appropriate place for the child will be in an independent setting.

The Department for Education publishes a list of independent special schools approved by the Secretary of State for pupils with SEND.

Full version of the guidance for SEND education admissions.

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) – Admissions to specialist settings was last updated on June 26, 2018.


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