Special Educational Needs schools
Wandsworth Information, Advice and Support Service (WIASS) provides lists of special educational needs schools that specialise on specific needs to enable you to find an appropriate school.
Our schools lists are designed to give you an idea of what is available in the local area. However, they do not include the names of every school and we cannot guarantee that all the schools listed are suitable for your child or young person.
School lists are available for pupils with:
- communication and interaction difficulties (ASD and speech and language difficulties)
- cognition and learning difficulties
- social, emotional and mental health difficulties
- moderate learning difficulties
- severe/profound and multiple learning difficulties
- sensory needs, physical disability and/or complex medical needs
- a list of fully accessible schools
As WIASS is an impartial service, we do not make recommendations about individual schools and do not endorse any of the schools on this list.
Please note that school details can change quickly and although we try to update our school lists every year, some details may change before then. We recommend that you look at the school’s website for further information.
Visiting a school is usually the best way to find out if it’s the right one. You can also use the Ofsted website to get further information about the school.
We recommend that you ask to speak to or make an appointment with the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO), Inclusion Manager or the Headteacher when contacting a school for the first time.
Law and guidance
You have the right to request the following types of school or college to be named in your child or young person's Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan:
- A maintained school or nursery (mainstream or special school) - schools funded by a local authority
- An Academy or free school (mainstream or special school) - schools funded by the government
- Further education or sixth form college
- A non-maintained special school - these are charitable foundations and not-for-profit schools
- A Section 41 school - independent schools or specialist colleges approved by the government
Section 41 schools information
Section 41 of the Children and Families Act 2014 allows the Secretary of State to publish a list of approved independent special schools and post-16 institutions.
Find the published list and information on Section 41 below.
The local authority must consult Section 41 schools and colleges if you request it, and must name a Section 41 school unless it can prove one of the following:
- It would be unsuitable for the age, ability, aptitude or SEN of the child or young person, or
- The attendance of the child or young person there would be incompatible with the efficient
- Education of others, or
- Use of resources
Independent schools (that are not maintained or Section 41 schools)
You can ask the local authority to consider a request for an independent school that is not a maintained or Section 41 school, but this is not a right.
If you request the local authority to consult an independent school, please ensure you have a confirmed offer of a place.
Choosing a school
The following guide might help you through arranging and making a visit:
The following school search websites may also help you:
- Special Needs UK
- Find My School
- Special Needs Guide
- School Search (for independent schools)
- Independent Schools Council
If you have any questions about our schools lists or would like more advice and information about schools, contact WIASS.