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Kent Special Schools and Units


Last updated in July 2020  

You will find a recent article on Education, Health and Care Plans here. It contains extensive information including statistical outcomes, on provision and the challenges of getting an EHCP, together with a look at private Special Schools, 

If your child doesn't have a statement of special educational needs or education health and care (EHC) plan you apply for a school place in the same way as other parents. If your child has an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP). This has replaced the previous  Statement of Special Educational Needs, the school named in it must offer them a place. If your child is being assessed for special educational needs you should follow the standard process. If you don't apply for a place and your child doesn't get an EHCP you may miss out on a place at one of your preferred schools.

I used to be involved in Special Education and so was able to advise on the process, but no longer feel competent to offer such advice, especially as the area has become even more complex to describe. However, I have been providing the information on this page for many years, long before KCC produced its list of schools on its website, and so have continued in the belief it may be of assistance. 

Special Schools in Kent are listed in the first section of this article, by category as outlined below, with SEN Units (Updated April 2020) on the second section. Entries are initially the designation, some information about each school, often publicly unavailable elsewhere, a table showing its OFSTED record, together with a link to the relevant Ofsted page in the top row, from which you can see the full report.  OFSTED gives each school a main Grade: Outstanding, Good, Notice to Improve, or Inadequate (divided into Notice to Improve and Special Measures), before justifying this in more detail. 

  I regret I am unable to comment on Independent Special Schools. 

Schools are all age, co-educational and non-residential, except where otherwise specified).  

You will find a full list of Kent Special Schools here and SEN Units here, and in the Kent Schools Commissioning Plan, following on from Page 23. 

Details of SEN Units are in Section 2. 

The list of categories for Special Schools below are broad, but individual entries show a more precise definition for each school. The types of school are those catering for: 

Autistic Spectrum Disorder

Social, Emotional and Mental Health Needs (SEMH), including Behaviour. 

Profound, severe and complex needs (also usually including pupils with severe ASD); 

Physical Disability and Complex Medical Needs

You will find a full list of Kent's SEN Units (often called Specialist Resourced Provisions by the professionals here, together with some additional information. 


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