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Special schools and colleges in Suffolk

This page gives a summary of the range of special schools and colleges in Suffolk.

There are 9 special schools in Suffolk. They are listed below by town.

If a special school is felt to be the best option for a child, the decision to offer a place is made in the area office, in discussion and agreement with parents.

Assessment Nursery places

To request a place in an assessment nursery in a special school, a referral to the local authority will need to take place.  The parents/carers will need to be included in the decision to apply for a place. 

The Inclusion Service Referral form will need to be completed by the Early Years setting/Early Years Team or from a Health professional. The deadline for a place in September 2019 is Friday 15th February 2019.  All referrals will then be discussed at a panel meeting, where places will be allocated.

Schools in Lowestoft

  • The Ashley School Academy Trust (age 7-16) - for children with moderate learning difficulties (MLD). The Ashley School includes some residential places.
  • Warren School (age 3-19) - for children with severe (SLD) and profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD).

Schools in Bury St Edmunds

  • Priory School (age 8-16) - for children with moderate learning difficulties (MLD). Priory School includes some residential places.
  • Riverwalk School (age 3-19) - for children with severe (SLD) and profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD). Children in the nursery, reception and Years 1 and 2 (age 3-7 years) are based in Riverwalk's unit at Sexton's Manor Primary School.

Schools in Haverhill

School in Sudbury

  • Hillside School (age 3-19) - for children with severe (SLD) and profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD).

Schools in Ipswich

  • The Bridge School (age 2-16) - for children with severe (SLD) and profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD).
  • Thomas Wolsey School (age 3-16) for children with complex physical disabilities. Thomas Wolsey is a county school.

Post -16 education options for disabled young people

One is the sixth form college in Ipswich is not a special school, but it has resourced provision for students with special educational needs aged 16-19 including those who attended special schools up to Year 11.

Further education (FE) colleges also provide a range of courses suitable for students aged 16-19 with special educational needs. You can find more information on the college websites:

Suffolk also has a range of training providers for post-16 education for young people with special educational needs and disabilities. You can find more information on The Source.

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