Last updated:
4 October 2017

SEND school places

Apply for a school place for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

1 Overview

Most children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities attend a mainstream school or college.

We try to arrange special educational needs placements earlier in the year than other pupils, so that we can take account of specific needs and the preferred choice of school or college.

2 If an EHC Plan or Statement of SEN is held

You should have already been contacted by our Special Educational Needs Assessment Team (SENAT), who are responsible for making placements.

If you already have a Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan or a Statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN), you can express your preference for the school or college to attend by contacting the SENAT.

3 If an EHC Plan or Statement of SEN is not held

If an Education, Health and Care (EHC) needs assessment has begun, you should apply online with your mainstream school or college preference.

By week 16 of the assessment process, we will decide whether an EHC Plan will be made.

If a draft EHC Plan is issued, the Special Educational Needs Assessment Team will liaise with you about your preferences. You can then ask them to consider a place at a special school or a special support centre.

4 Find a special school, education centre, unit or college

You can search for details of a particular school, education centre, unit or college by postcode or location or scroll through the alphabetical list.

View the list of special schools In West Sussex (external link)

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