Choosing a Special Needs School


The aim of specialist schools in the UK is to promote the intellectual and social development of each child regardless of ability so that they may take their place in the world. Each school strives to provide a safe, caring and happy environment in which the needs of the whole child can be met.

If you are considering placing a child with special needs at a school in the UK, it can be difficult to know where to begin. Should you choose a special school, or a special unit within a mainstream school?  Whether the child has autism, dyslexia or any other special educational, emotional or behavioural difficulty, we aim to help you find the school that suits the child best, we can guide you through this complex and stressful process with confidence and ease.

Specific learning difficulties (SpLD) is an umbrella term used to describe a number of difficulties.

  • AD(H)D
  • Literacy and numeracy difficulties such as Dyslexia and Dyscalculia
  • Autism and Asperger’s syndrome
  • Deaf and severe hearing loss
  • Cerebral Palsy, physically disabled wheelchair users and those who have little or no natural speech.

It is important to note that each individual with a specific learning difficulty can require a different style of teaching and care. Classes are small and specialist  tuition 1:1 can be given where needed. The school tailors the learning programme of each student to ensure that they gain maximum benefit.

"I often say that I am not head of one school, but six or seven. There are students with dyslexia, with Asperger’s, with attention deficit disorder, some of whom are also hyperactive. They are each vulnerable in different ways, but they each have huge potential. We work with parents to achieve that potential.”
Headmaster: Ian Graham – Slindon College

Posted: 27.02.2014
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