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Special schools in Dorset

All schools are required to be inclusive and most children and young people with SEN attend a mainstream school. 

Sometimes a special school or specialist resourced provision might be the best option for your child. You can talk about this with the people supporting your child. Usually, children and young people only attend one of these settings if they have an education, health and care (EHC) plan.


Find a summary of all special schools in Dorset and find out what they can offer your child.

We place children in our own maintained special schools and work with neighbouring authorities in Bournemouth, Poole and Somerset to make sure children and young people are educated in a provision that's both appropriate for their needs and within their wider communities where possible.

Special schools in Bournemouth and Poole


Linwood School

Linwood School, Bournemouth

For boys and girls aged 3 to 19 with provision for ASD, moderate and severe learning difficulties.

Longspee School

Longspee School, Poole

A caring learning environment where children can flourish.

Montacute School

Montacute School, Poole

A specialist school for children with complex learning difficulties or disabilities.

Winchelsea School 2

Winchelsea School, Poole

Community special school for girls and boys aged 4 to 16 with a wide range of learning difficulties.

Section 41 list

The government provides a list of specialist independent schools across the country that are approved by the Secretary of State. This is known as the Section 41 list. Most children and young people attending these settings have an EHC plan. 

Contact us to talk about which school suits your child best

Contact the 0 to 25 special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) Assessment Team

Email: senteam@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk
Tel: 01305224895
Full contact details for Contact the 0 to 25 special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) Assessment Team

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