Special schools and specialist provision

There are six area special schools in Cambridgeshire that offer children aged 2 - 19 with very complex needs, a curriculum that is modified and developed to suit their needs. Three county-wide special schools offer specialist provision for children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties across Cambridgeshire.

All the children who go to our special schools have a Statement of Special Educational Needs / Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan (from September 2014) which identify that their needs can best be met by one of our special schools.

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sets out our requirements for the area special schools.
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Some mainstream schools have centres or units which are designed to provide additional support for children and young people with special educational needs. Amongst these, there are three Autistic Spectrum Disorder Centres, known as Cabins; view the entry
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Flowchart outlining the process for applying for a school place for children and young people with SEN or medical needs who are moving into Cambridgeshire.
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You can find details about special schools and specialist units in Cambridgeshire in the Cambridgeshire Online Directory.

In a very small number of cases, it may not be possible to meet a child's special educational and care needs within Local Authority maintained educational provision in Cambridgeshire. In these cases, after discussion with your SEN Casework Officer from the Statutory Assessment and Resources Team (START), children may attend an Independent Special School.

The Government produces lists of approved independent educational institutions, independent special schools and post-16 institutions (Section 41 Secretary Approved List) and non-maintained special schools and independent schools. These can be found on GOV UK.

Contact us 

Statutory Assessment and Resources Team
Box SCO2209
Scott House
PE29 3AD

Telephone: 01480 372 600
If the number is engaged, please leave a message and we will return your call as soon as possible.

Email: start@cambridgeshire.gov.uk