Find information about all 6 special schools in Dorset and what they can offer your child

Admission to all Dorset special schools is through the local authority panel process.

Beaucroft School

Location: Wimborne.
 

Age range: 4 to 19 years.

Needs supported:

  • learning difficulties
  • complex needs
  • autism spectrum condition

Curriculum: national curriculum and a personalised innovative curriculum to meet particular learning needs.

Admission: through EHC plan or learning difficulty.

Ofsted rating: Outstanding.

Harbour School Dorset

Location: Bovington.

Age range: 10 to 15 years.

Needs supported: autism spectrum condition (high functioning).

Curriculum: core subjects, plus: 

  • emotional literacy
  • English
  • maths
  • mentoring
  • topic-themed work in nurture groups

Admission: through EHC plan, diagnosis of high functioning autism spectrum condition.

Ofsted rating: no rating yet as it's a new school.

Mountjoy School

Location: Beaminster.

Age range: 2.5 to 19 years 
Needs supported: 

Complex needs including:

  • autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
  • profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD)
  • severe learning difficulties (SLD)
  • complex medical needs

All pupils who attend this school have a learning difficulty.

Curriculum: 

5 bespoke curriculums that are interchangeable according to need:

Admission: through EHC plan or learning difficulty.

Ofsted rating: good.

Westfield Arts College

Location: Weymouth.

Age range: 4 to 19 years.

Needs supported: 

  • moderate learning difficulties (MLD)
  • autism spectrum conditions (ASC)
  • variety of additional and complex needs

Curriculum: 

  • specialism in creative arts
  • national curriculum, modified and adapted according to pupils' needs
  • range of additional activities and opportunities outside the subject curriculum

Admission: through EHC plan or learning difficulty.

Ofsted rating: outstanding.

Wyvern Academy

Location: Weymouth.
 

Age range: 2 to 19 years.

Needs supported: 

  • severe learning difficulties (SLD)
  • profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD)
  • autism
  • physical disabilities
  • sensory impairment
  • challenging behaviour
  • complex medical needs

Curriculum: 

  • personalised targets
  • rich, varied experiences
  • focus on communication
  • independence
  • personal and social development
  • mobility and community participation
  • integrated therapies
  • specialist classes for autism
  • sensory diets
  • attention autism
  • intensive interaction
  • TEACHH approach

Admission: through EHC plan or learning difficulty.

Ofsted rating: good.

Yewstock School

Location: Sturminster Newton.

Age range: 2 to 19 years.

Needs supported: 

  • complex needs including autism
  • learning difficulties:
    • moderate
    • severe
    • profound
    • multiple 

Curriculum: Yewstock School have specially adapted their curriculum to meet a range of learning needs.

Admission: through EHC plan or learning difficulty.

Ofsted rating: outstanding.