State funded special schools

What is a state funded special school?

A school which is specifically organised to make special educational provision for children and young people with special educational needs. The children and young people require provision over and above what is available in a mainstream school.

Special schools are generally smaller than mainstream schools. They provide specialist provision for a range of very complex learning needs and disabilities.

There are eleven state funded special schools in Norfolk. 90% are rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted and the demand for places is very high.

Who attends special schools?

Most children with EHC plans attend their local mainstream school. A much smaller number of children will need a special school place.

Can my child attend a special school?

If you feel your child may need a special school place, ask at your child’s current school or setting for an early review of their EHC plan. This will give you the opportunity to explore how your child’s needs are currently met and if any changes are needed.

If you would like your child to go to a special school, talk to your EHC plan coordinator. Their contact details will be in the letters we have sent to you about your child’s EHC plan.

If you don’t have your EHC plan coordinator’s details, contact the SEN operational support team at

Thinking of coming to Norfolk?

Please contact the SEN operational support team for an initial discussion and to find out about our current capacity.

You should also tell your child’s current school or setting and your local authority.

Can I visit a special school?

You are very welcome to visit a special school. Their contact details can be found below. Just phone the school to make an appointment.

You can find full details of all schools in Norfolk via the School Finder.

State funded special schools in Norfolk

Chapel Green, Attleborough
Tel: 01953 453116 

Churchill Park Academy, King Lynn
Tel: 01553 763679

The Clare School, Norwich
Tel: 01603 454199

Eaton Hall Specialist Academy
Tel: 01603 457480

Fred Nicholson School, Dereham
Tel: 01362 693915

Hall School, Norwich
Tel: 01603 466467

Harford Manor School, Norwich
Tel: 01603 451809

John Grant School, Caister
Tel: 01493 720158

The Parkside School, Norwich
Tel: 01603 441126

Sidestrand Hall School, Sidestrand, near Cromer
Tel: 01263 578144

Sheringham Woodfields School
Tel: 01263 820520

The Wherry School, Norwich
Tel: 01603 971305

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