Special schools in Kingston
Kingston has three schools dedicated to children with complex special educational needs.
Bedelsford School is a Foundation Special School for children age 2 to 19 years. The school offers a specialist range of provision to support children with physical disabilities, profound and multiple learning difficulties, multisensory impairments and complex learning disabilities including complex health needs.
Dysart is a community special school for children and young people with a range of learning needs age 4 to 19 years. Pupils have severe learning disabilities and a large majority have a diagnosis of Autism. Some pupils have profound and multiple learning disabilities and complex health needs. The school opened a 15 place primary centre in North Kingston in September 2021.
St Philip's School
St Philip’s School is a special educational needs school for young people aged 9 to 19 years. All students have Education, Health and Care Plans. The school caters for a range of ability levels that might be designated moderate learning difficulties, and additional needs such as Autism. Parents/Carers should indicate St Philip’s School as their preference at their child’s Year 5 Annual Review or Year 6, at the latest, if the Annual Review is held early in the Autumn Term.
Other new provision updates
Note: planned opening dates and capacities may be subject to change.
Post 16 SEND Campus
Achieving for Children (AfC) and Kingston Council are working with Orchard Hill College & Academy Trust (OHC&AT), which runs Bedelsford School, Dysart School, St Philip’s School and Orchard Hill College, to progress an exciting proposal for a new post-16 SEND campus in Kingston. This is currently planned to open in September 2023. The proposed site and numbers are to be confirmed.
Spring School - new school for pupils with Autism
On Thursday 26 May 2022, Kingston Council's Planning Committee approved the planning application for the buildings and landscaping for Spring School, the new special free school for autistic children and young people aged four to 19, in the eastern half of the Moor Lane Centre site. The plans will involve: demolition of the redundant swimming pool and changing pavilion; the erection of a two-storey modular main building; the laying of a multi-use games area; the creation of a wildflower meadow area where the pool is currently; and a parking area and turning circle specifically for the school.
It is anticipated that Spring School will open in either September 2023 or September 2024.