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Special Schools


I no longer consider myself qualified to comment on Special Education Needs and Disability as my connection with the sector is now too out of date. You will find considerable information and advice on the Kent County Council SEND pages here

I am currently revising the relevant information pages on this site (April 2020) which I have allowed to fall badly out of date due to other pressures, but which is a large task in itself. 

The main pages are: 

Kent Special Schools and Units  (Units Page up to Date, Special Schools in Progress April 2020)
Kent & Medway SEN Statistics (I now have data up to 2018-19)
When this is completed I currently plan to add further commentary here. 

In the meantime, if you have a specific problem, you may find (IPSEA) Independent Provider of Special Education Advice a helpful resource. 





Last updated: 26 Jan 2011

Special  Schools in Kent catering for children with Moderate Learning Needs are being phased out and are admitting no further children. In Kent there has been an increase in places for children with behavioural or social difficulties which has seen numbers maintained.

Special Schools in Kent cater for the following types of Learning Needs: Behaviour & Learning (B&L); Behaviour, Emotional & Social Needs (BESD); Communication & Interaction Needs (including Autism) (C&I); Physical Disability/Medical Needs (PD/MED); and Profound, Severe and Complex Needs (PSCN).

Parents of children with Statements of Special Education Need have the right to apply for any type of appropriate educational establishment. KCC will decide if the child fits the criteria for a particular Special School, and if there is room to offer a place. Some children travel considerable distance to attend particular Special Schools. If the Local Authority is not willing to name parents' desired school on the Statement, you have the right to appeal to HESC, but will need good reasons to justify your case.You will find some relevant statistics here.

There is information on Individual Special Schools here.

Last modified on Monday, 20 April 2020 05:08