When I started to look at local specialist schools my local authority were very helpful but I soon realised that there was also many suitable schools in neighbouring local authorities which they were not able to provide information on. I soon found this was a similar struggle for other parents.
So I have pulled together the information I have on schools and resource bases for children with disabilities and additional educational needs in the West of England,so covering Bath and North East Somerset (BANES), Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. I have also added a few on the outskirts in Somerset, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire but these are just some of the schools available in those local authority areas.
The majority of the schools listed will require an Education Health and Care Plan or statement of special educational need for your child to attend. The list also includes private / independent schools.
Please do let me know if information here is incorrect (I have not had the time to contact all the schools) or a school is missing and I will do my best to keep it updated. Also please share with anyone or groups that you think may find it useful.
I have split the schools up alphabetically and by local authority area and provided the following information for each:
Name of the school – with a link to the school website (age of pupils)
Bath and North East Somerset (BANES)
Aspire Academy (4-16)
Frome Road, Odd Down, Bath BA2 5RF
Provides specialist placements with personalised learning programmes for learners with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties. All students at the school require a statement of SEN or EHCP.
180 Frome Road, Odd Down, Bath, BA2 5RF
A specialist setting providing Early Years Education and therapeutic services to children with additional needs from Bath and North East Somerset. No diagnosis or EHCP required
Fosse Way School (3-19)
Longfellow Road, Radstock, BANES, BA3 3AL
A special school for students with complex learning difficulties including autistic spectrum conditions.
The Lodge at St Michael’s C. of E. Junior School (4-11)
Newton Road, Twerton, Bath, BA2 1RW
For pupils with Emotional, Behavioural & Social difficulties
Margaret Coates Centre (5-11)
St. Martin’s Garden Primary School, Lympsham Green, Odd Down, Bath, BA2 2UN
Resource base catering for primary aged children with autistic spectrum conditions and other associated disorders.
Three Ways School (4-19)
180 Frome Road, Odd Down, Bath, BA2 5RF
A special school that take children who have special educational needs, who have severe learning difficulties and profound and multiple learning difficulties.
Weston All Saints C.E. Primary School, Broadmoor Lane, Weston, Bath, BA1 4JR
Hearing Impaired Resource Base (HIRB) provides support pupils with moderate, severe and profound hearing losses.
Ashton Park (11-19)
Blackmoors Lane, Bower Ashton, Bristol BS3 2JL
Resource base for children with speech and language difficulties
Carisbrooke Lodge, Westbury Park, Bristol, Bristol, BS6 7JE
Independent special school providing specialist education for pupils with severe language and communication difficulties and with profound and multiple learning difficulties including physical and sensory needs.
Belgrave School (6-16)
10 Upper Belgrave Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 2XH
A small independent day school for children with Dyslexia and related learning difficulties.
Briarwood School (3-19)
Barton Hill Pod, Queen Ann Rd, Bristol, BS5 9TX (3-5)
Briarwood Primary Site, Briar Way, Fishponds, Bristol, BS16 4EA (4-11)
Briarwood Secondary Site, Snowdon road, Fishponds, Bristol BS16 2EQ (11-16)
A specialist school for children with severe learning difficulties, complex needs including autism and sensory impairment.
Bristol Gateway School (11-19)
Long Cross Lawrence, Weston, Bristol, BS11 0QA
Specialist School for children with social and emotional behavioural difficulties.
Claremont School (2-19)
Primary site – Henleaze Park, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol BS9 4LR (2-11)
Secondary site – Redland Court Road, Redland, Bristol, BS6 7EH (11-19)
A specialist school for children and young people with physical disabilities and a range of additional and/or associated learning needs, sensory impairment and health needs.
Southmead Youth Centre, Greystoke Avenue, Southmead, Bristol, BS10 6AS
Independent specialist school providing part time placements of varying length according to need.
Primary site – Greystoke Avenue, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, Bristol, BS10 6AY (2-11)
Secondary site – Allfoxton Road, Horfield, Bristol BS7 9NL (11-16)
Special school for deaf pupils who range from profound severe and moderate levels of deafness, some of whom have additional Special needs.
Encompass Education (11-19)
164 Summerhill Road, St George, Bristol, Somerset, BS5 8JU
Independent small residential special school for young people who have complex behavioural, emotional and social difficulties. (no website found, contact – firstname.lastname@example.org )
Fairfield High School (11-16)
Allfoxton Road, Horfield, Bristol
Resource Base for children with hearing impairments.
Resource Base – under consultation for closure
Hanham Woods Academy (11-16)
Memorial Road, Hanham, Bristol, BS15 3LA
Resource Base for students with specific language and communication difficulties.
Henbury Court (5-11)
Henbury Court Primary Academy, Trevelyan Walk, Henbury, Bristol, BS10 7NY
Resource Base for children with hearing impairment.
Henbury School (11-19)
Station Road, Henbury, Bristol, BS10 7QH
Resource base for children with learning difficulties and speech and language difficulties.
Ilminster Avenue, Bristol, United Kingdom BS4 1BX
Resource Base for children with learning difficulties and autism spectrum conditions
Kingsweston School (5-19)
Napier Miles Road, Kingsweston, Bristol, BS11 0UT (Primary & Secondary)
Kingsweston also has sites located within mainstream schools at –
Shirehampton Primary School, OasisAcademy Brightstowe (secondary) and the Ashley down site at the City of Bristol College.
Kingsweston is an above average sized special school primarily serving Bristol pupils with a wide range of needs, including Asperger’s and Autism, Severe Learning Difficulties and complex needs.
Knowle DGE Academy (5-19)
Leinster Avenue, Knowle, Bristol, BS4 1NN
A specialist Learning Centre for young people with additional needs principally in the areas of Social Emotional Mental Health, Moderate Learning Difficulties, Speech Language and Communication and Autistic Spectrum Condition.
Lansdown Park (11-16)
Stockwood Lane, Stockwood, Bristol, BS14 8SJ
Specialist pupil referral unit.
Currently under consultation. Specialist pupil referral unit.
New Fosseway School (5-19)
Bridge Learning Campus, Teyfant Road, Hartcliffe, Bristol, BS13 0RG
A specialist school who work with students who have a wide variety of needs, associated with severe learning difficulties, many have autism and sensory requirements.
Oasis Academy Brislington (11-19)
Hungerford Rd, Bristol BS4 5HF, UK
Resource Base for children with learning difficulties and Autistic Spectrum.
Oasis Academy Longcross (5-7)
Oasis Academy Long Cross, Long Cross, Lawrence Weston, Bristol, BS11 0LP
Resource Base for children with learning difficulties and Autistic Spectrum Conditions.
Oasis New Oak (5-11)
Walsh Avenue, Hengrove, Bristol, BS14 9SN
Resource Base for children with Autistic Spectrum Conditions.
St Matthias (11-16)
17 Alexandra Park, Bristol BS16 2BG
Specialist pupil referral unit.
Venturer’s Academy (5-11)
Withywood Road, Withywood, Bristol, BS13 9AX
Specialist Resource Base for children with a primary diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Conditions.
Woodstock School (5-11)
Rectory Gardens, Henbury, Bristol, Avon, BS10 7AH
Specialist school for children with emotional, social or mental health difficulties and some additional needs.
I believe there are also resource base’s for learning difficulties / speech and language difficulties at City Academy Bristol and Ashton Park but this has not been confirmed. Also I have not been able to confirm if the Prospect Education Trust below is still open:
Prospect Education Trust
Tramway Road, Brislington, Bristol, BS4 3DS.
Independent specialist school. No website found contact number – 01179772271
Baytree School (3-19)
The Campus, Highlands Lane, Weston-super-Mare, BS24 7DX
Specialist school for young people who have severe learning difficulties and/or profound and multiple learning difficulties.
Pound Lane, Nailsea, Bristol, BS48 2NN
A specialist school for children with a range of complex needs
Ellesmere Road, Uphill, Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset, BS23 4UT
A specialist school and Business and Enterprise College for children with a wide variety of barriers to their learning.
Woodspring School (11-18)
Ebdon Lane, Wick St Lawrence, Weston Super Mare, BS22 7YA
Specialist provision for children whom have complex needs; SEMHD and/or special educational needs.
Chipping Sodbury School, Bowling Road, Chipping Sodbury, South Gloucestershire, BS37 6EW
A specialist provision for students on the Autism Spectrum.
Aurora Hedgeway School (8-19)
Rookery Lane, Pilning, South Gloucestershire, BS35 4JN
Specialist education and residential care for children with communication and associated difficulties. Students may be on the autistic spectrum or have other difficulties that impact their emotional health and well being.
Blackhorse Primary School (5-11)
Blackhorse Lane, Emersons Green, South Gloucestershire BS16 6TR
Resource Base for pupils with Autism or Social Communication Difficulties.
Culver hill School (7-16)
Kelston Close, Yate, Bristol, BS37 8SZ
Specialist school for children with complex learning difficulties.
Guest Avenue, Emersons Green, Bristol, BS16 7GA
Emersons Green is a mainstream primary school with specialist provision for up to 14 pupils with visual impairment or physical disability.
New Horizons Learning Centre (7-16)
Mulberry Drive, Kingswood, Bristol, South Gloucestershire, BS15 4EA
Specialist school for young people with social, emotional and mental health needs.
New Siblands School (5-16)
Easton Hill Road, Thornbury, Bristol, BS35 2JU
Specialist school for children with special educational needs
SGS Pegasus School (4-18)
Hempton Lane, Patchway, Almondsbury, Bristol, South Gloucestershire, BS32 4AJ
New Specialist school for children with complex communication difficulties such as autism.
Sheiling School (6-19)
Thornbury Park, Thornbury, Bristol, BS35 1HP
An independent residential school for children and adolescents aged with special educational needs.
Warmley Park School (3-19)
Tower Road North, Warmley, Bristol, BS30 8XL
Specialist school for children with severe learning difficulties, profound and multiple difficulties, and those on the Autistic Spectrum.
Additional specialist schools
Below is a list of some additional nearby specialist schools that may be of interest but does not cover all specialist schools within the local authority areas listed:
3 Dimensions (7-25)
Chardleigh House, Chardleigh Green, Wadeford Chard, Somerset TA20 3AJ
Independent specialist school for young people with a range of learning difficulties and behavioural, emotional and social difficulties.
Marchant Holliday School (5-13)
North Cheriton, Templecombe, Somerset, BA8 0AH
Independent Special School for boys with behavioural, social and emotional difficulties and specific learning difficulties associated with learning delays or underachievement including Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, ASD, ADD, ADHD, ODD, OCD, PDD and mild auditory, visual and physical disabilities.
Mark College (10-19)
Highbridge, Somerset, TA9 4NP
A mixed residential special school that provides education and on-site boarding facilities for young people with specific learning difficulties, including autism, dyscalculia, dyslexia, dyspraxia, language disorders and high anxiety.
The Mendip School (4-19)
The Mendip School, Edmund Rack Road, Prestleigh, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA4 4FZ
Specialist school for children with a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Speech Language and Communication Needs (SLCN).
Newbury Manor School (7-19)
Newbury, Mells, Nr. Frome, Somerset, BA11 3RG
Specialist school for children who have an autistic spectrum diagnosis and have complex needs. In addition there is on-site residential care for up to eight students.
North Hill House (6-19)
Fromefield, Frome, Somerset, BA11 2HB
Specialist day and residential education for students with autism and associated conditions, such as ADHD and dyslexia.
Shapwick School (8-19)
Shapwick Manor, Shapwick, Nr. Bridgwater, Somerset TA7 9NJ
Specialist school for children with dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia.
Somerset progressive School (7-19)
Bath House Farm, West Hatch, Taunton TA3 5RH
Previously known as New Horizon Centre, a day special school to provide education for children who have behavioural, emotional and social difficulties, MLD and are on the autistic spectrum.
Cambian Southwick Park (7-19)
Gloucester Road, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, GL20 7DG
Independent special school and a children’s home for children who have complex needs, including autism, severe learning disabilities and severe emotional, social and mental health difficulties.
Cotswold Chine (7-19)
Cotswold Chine, Box nr Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL6 9AG
Independent specialist school for children with complex learning needs and associated social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.
Downland School (11-16)
Downlands Road, Devizes, Wiltshire, SN10 5EF
Maintained community special school for boys who in most cases the primary identified need is Social, Emotional and Mental Health and behavioural difficulties.
Notton House Academy (8-19)
28 Notton, Lacock, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN15 2NF
Residential Special School. Term-time residential provision catering for boys, aged from 8-18 years, with challenging behaviour.
Springfields Academy (9-16)
The Springfields Academy, Curzon Street, Calne, Wiltshire, SN11 0DS
Education and residential care for young people with complex social and learning difficulties.
For further information on any of the schools listed please contact the school directly.
The Department of Education lists all independent specialist schools that are approved under section 41 of the Children and Families Act.