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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.

Special school summary table
SchoolLocationAge rangeNeeds supportedCurriculumAdmissionOfsted rating

Beaucroft School

Wimborne 4 to 19 years 
  • learning difficulties
  • complex needs
  • autism spectrum condition
National curriculum and a personalised innovative curriculum to meet particular learning needs. Through EHC plan or learning difficulty. Outstanding
Harbour School Dorset Bovington

10 to 14 years

From September 2020: 10 to 15 years

Autism spectrum condition (high functioning).

Core subjects, plus: 

  • emotional literacy
  • English
  • maths
  • mentoring
  • topic-themed work in nurture groups
Through EHC plan, diagnosis of high functioning autism spectrum condition. No rating yet (new school).
Mountjoy School Beaminster

2.5 to 19 years

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.

5 bespoke curriculums that are interchangeable according to need:

Through EHC plan or learning difficulty. Good
Westfield Arts College Weymouth

4 to 19 years

  • moderate learning difficulties (MLD)
  • autism spectrum conditions (ASC)
  • variety of additional and complex needs
  • specialism in creative arts
  • national curriculum, modified and adapted according to pupils' needs
  • range of additional activities and opportunities outside the subject curriculum
Through EHC plan or learning difficulty. Outstanding
Wyvern Academy Weymouth 2 to 19 years
  • severe learning difficulties (SLD)
  • profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD)
  • autism
  • physical disabilities
  • sensory impairment
  • challenging behaviour
  • complex medical needs
  • 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
Through EHC plan or learning difficulty. Good
Yewstock School Sturminster Newton 2 to 19 years
  • complex needs including autism
  • learning difficulties:
    • moderate
    • severe
    • profound
    • multiple 
Yewstock School have specially adapted their curriculum to meet a range of learning needs. Through EHC plan or learning difficulty. Outstanding

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