For a small number of children, the best support may be provided by attending a special school. Only children and young people who have a statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education, Health and Care Plan can go to special schools, but if your child has a statement or plan, that doesn’t mean that they need or should go to a special school.
Special schools often cater for children from 3 to 16 years old. Some special schools offer places for young people up to 19 years old.
Special schools in Haringey:
- Blanche Nevile School for the Deaf provides a high quality education for deaf and hearing impaired children from all areas of London. It is co-locate with Highgate and Fortismere Mainstream Schools and offers a unique signed bilingual model of communication for children who are deaf or hearing impaired.
- The Vale - a pioneering and innovative special day school for children with physical disabilities, learning disabilities, additional needs and Autism which is co-located with partner mainstream schools across four sites. The school has an access and inclusion model which means that children can be taught with mainstream peers for a proportion of time that is right for them.
- The Brook on Broadwaters – a school for primary aged pupils with needs including complex, severe, and profound and multiple learning difficulties and autism next to its partner mainstream school The Willow.
- Riverside Secondary School – a special school for 11 to 19 year olds, who have severe, and profound and multiple learning difficulties, including those who have emotional, language and communication needs, and students with autism. The school is located next to mainstream school Woodside Secondary School. Riverside Special School now has a unit attached called 'Riverside Learning Centre'. The learning centre can meet the needs of young people with severe to profound learning difficulties and challenging behaviour, aged 14-19 years.
- Mulberry Specialist Autism Unit -a specialist Unit for primary age children with Autism within Mulberry Mainstream School. This school offers specialist teaching and daily access to mainstream peers and mainstream curriculum. Your child's specific needs will determine the level of integration they receive.
- Heartlands Community School Autism Unit - a specialist Unit for children with Autism within Heartlands Community Secondary School. This school offers specialist teaching and daily access to mainstream peers and mainstream curriculum. Your child's specific needs will determine the level of integration they receive.
- Approved independent special institutions (external link) - This is a link to the Governments' Section 41 list of approved independent special institutions (independent special schools – England and Wales and special post-16 institutions) for the purposes of satisfying Section 38 (Preparation of an Education, Health and Care plan by local authorities) of the act.
We are awaiting the opening of 'The Grove' Free School, which will be a new Free Special School for Haringey. This school will be part of the Heartlands Community School and offer places for children with a range of learning needs who have Autism. This school is due to open in September 2019.
We always try to place a child in a school as close to home as possible. But sometimes, if we can’t meet your child’s needs in a Haringey special school, we may need to arrange for your child to attend a special school in another borough, to make sure that they are getting the right support. All school placements are discussed and agreed with you.