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SEN Useful information

Having a child with SEN (Special Educational Needs) is often confusing and exhausting. Here we have put together some information that may be useful to parents and carers looking for support on their child's journey. We include information received from other agencies. We are not promoting these items, but include them in good faith as they may be of interest to our families. ​


Special Schools we have found in Kingston upon Thames, Richmond and nearby. 


Whilst we try to maintain this list, it is by no means exhaustive. If you know of a school we should add please let us know

Aspire Learning


We provide inspirational specialist SEND education to pupils aged 5-18 years old who have needs related to social, emotional, mental health, Autistic Spectrum disorder, speech, language and communication difficulties together with cognitive and learning challenges.

Bramley Oak Academy


We make every effort to ensure that disadvantaged students receive outstanding support and believe that our core business is to ensure our students make at least good progress as a result of good or outstanding teaching.

Capella House School


We are a unique Special School meeting the needs of learners with Speech, Language and Communication needs who deserve the very best support, opportunities and encouragement in order to reach their full potential. Our school opened in September 2019, in a new building with great facilities.

Clarendon School


Clarendon is a day special academy for pupils aged 4-16 with moderate learning difficulties and additional complex needs including Autism. There are places for 140 young people (50 Primary and 90 Secondary), usually in classes of around 12.

Dysart School


Dysart is a provision for pupils who have a range of severe and complex learning disabilities, from within the Royal Borough of Kingston and beyond.

Epsom Downs Primary School And Children's Centre


We believe that we are a unique school, catering for children from 0-11 years of age, during which time we really get to know all of our children and help them on their individual learning journeys.

Grafham Grange School


Grafham Grange School is a special school set in 42 acres of beautiful Surrey countryside in Grafham. Our school offers education for up to 70 students, referred from local authorities across the South of England.

Limpsfield Grange School


Limpsfield Grange School is the UK’s only school solely for autistic girls. We are an outstanding special school, maintained by Surrey County Council, where day and residential places are available for students aged 11 – 16.

Malden Oaks School & Tuition Service


Malden Oaks is a specialist, and innovative SEMH provision for up to 150 Kingston and Richmond students aged 11-19 who benefit from an alternative approach to mainstream education.

Maypole School


We are a school for pupils with social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) difficulties, and most of our pupils will also have some combination of additional complex needs, such as Anxiety, ASD, ADHD, FASD, PDA, OCD, ODD, Toxic Childhood Stress / Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Attachment difficulties, Developmental Trauma or Delay, Speech and Language difficulties, Cognition and Learning difficulties, Specific Learning Difficulties such as Dyslexia and Dyspraxia; and more.

Spring School 


Our vision is to create a school where autistic children can learn, thrive, achieve and belong. We will offer a model of best practice for autistic children with social communication needs who can learn under a broadly age-related curriculum

St Dominic's School


We are a school for children and young people with complex needs. We specialise in giving everyone a pathway to achieve ambitious goals and live life to the full.

St Philip's School


St Philip’s is a school where individuals are valued for themselves and where all are expected to give of their best.

We believe that young people learn and develop best with clear and consistent work and behaviour expectations and where praise, enjoyment, consideration and respect are integral to the school’s life and ethos.

Strathmore School


Strathmore School is a happy, thriving, oversubscribed and growing special school for children and young people aged 4 -19 with severe and complex learning difficulties including those with an additional diagnosis of autism and/or physical/sensory disabilities.

The Cedars Primary School


The Cedars Primary School is a special needs school for children who have an EHCP (Education, Health and Care Plan) with a primary need of SEMH (Social, Emotional and Mental Health) difficulties. For a large number of our pupils these difficulties co-occur with other areas of need including autistic spectrum condition, speech, language and communication needs and ADHD.

Unified Academy


Unified Academy is a school for boys aged 9 to 16 years who have social, emotional and mental health needs. Some students also have moderate learning and attachment difficulties. This means that students struggle to form strong, healthy and sustainable relationships with others and can present with challenging behaviour. All students have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).

Wandle Valley Academy


You could say that Wandle Valley Academy is a training school for young people aged 5 -16 with ‘superpowers’. It is our intention to support and guide all our pupils in how to manage these super powers positively and teach them how to use them to support their learning and that of others. We aim to do this within and alongside our curriculum, with a number of interventions and therapies specifically tailored to support their individual pupil needs. We are actually pretty good at this and have a great record of our young people leaving us and becoming amazing individuals; ‘Super Heroes’.

Wishmore Cross School


The Academy is a special school for young people all of whom have a statement identifying social, emotional and mental health difficulties as their primary need.

Useful websites

Websites we have found helpful in explaining the world of SEN. The sites often provide guides and easy to understand information to help you.

Special Needs Jungle

Parent-led information, resources and informed opinion about children
and young people 0-25. Includes useful SEND System Flow Charts


KIDS is a charity for disabled children, young people and their families. We give practical, life-changing and creative support, empowering disabled children and young people to amplify their voices and champion their rights.

Anna Freud

Our vision is a world where all children and young people are able to achieve their full potential. A world in which they and their families get support that is designed with their input, available at the right time, and meets their needs, so that they can develop their emotional and mental health.

Family Action

Family Action transforms lives by providing practical, emotional and financial support to those who are experiencing poverty, disadvantage and social isolation across the country.

Achieving for Children

We are a not-for-profit company providing children's services for Kingston and Richmond Councils.


Richmond and Kingston Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information Advice and Support Service or SENDIASS. It is a free, confidential and impartial service for parents and carers, children and young people (up to 25 years).

ADHD Foundation

The ADHD Foundation is the UK’s leading neurodiversity charity, offering a strength-based, lifespan service for the 1 in 5 of us who live with ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia, DCD, Dyscalculia, OCD, Tourette’s Syndrome and more.

The Zones of Regulation

For over 15 years, schools around the world have been using the original Zones of Regulation program as an empowering instructional tool to build safe, supportive environments that foster learning and well-being for all.

Speech & Language Therapy parent resources

The Richmond Mainstream Schools speech and language therapy team has put together a pack of advice and resources for education staff to use to support children with speech, language and communication needs who attend mainstream school.

Coram Child Law Advice

Legal advice and information on child, family and education law for parents, carers and young people in England from Coram Children’s Legal Centre

Amazing Things

The Amazing Things project is an ongoing animation initiative aimed at promoting understanding and acceptance in future generations.

The Athlone Trust

The Athlone Trust CIO is a small but vital UK charity that provides financial assistance to adopted children with special needs, allowing them to get the help they could not otherwise access.

Jargon Buster

The world of SEN is swimming in acronyms. Here are few of the most common explained 


Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder


Auditory processing disorder


Annual Review


Additional Resource(d) Provision


Autistic spectrum disorder


Behaviour Support Plan


Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service


Core Group Meetings


Child in need


Child protection plan


Child protection plan


Disclosure and Barring Service check


Domestic Violence


Education, Health and Care Plan


Educational psychologist


Education Welfare Officer


Family Liaison Officer


First Tier Tribunal


Global developmental delay


An Initial Child Protection Conference


Individual Behaviour Plan


Individual Education Plan


Individual Pupil Profile


Local authority


Looked-After Child


Local Authority Designated Officer


Local Offer


Learning support assistant

Local educational authority



Moderate learning difficulties


Obsessive compulsive disorder


Oppositional defiant disorder


Occupational Therapist


Pathological demand avoidance


Personal Education Plan


Pupil Referral Units


Speech and Language Therapists


Special educational needs


Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator


Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal


Special Guardianship Order


Single Point of Access


Social Worker


Team around the child


Team around the Family


Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children


Names of professionals who you may find can help you find your way. Many provide training, information or legal advice.

Dr Naomi Fisher

Clinical Psychologist

Dr Naomi Fisher is an independent clinical psychologist and EMDR-Europe trainer. She specialises in trauma, autism and alternative approaches to education. Follow her free advice on X (formally Twitter) @naomicfisher

Eva Akins


Eva is an expert in cases involving special educational needs and disability (SEND), equality act claims, admissions, exclusions, complaints and school governance in the independent and maintained sector.

Dr Claire Scott

Consultant Community Paediatrician,

Worked in the NHS and privately since 2003.

My private practise is dedicated to providing advice, assessment and diagnosis for children with developmental and behavioural difficulties, including speech and language delay, learning difficulties, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and social communication disorders (including the diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome and Autism

Documents & Downloads

Here you will find helpful documents for you to read and use.

ADHD Booklet

A useful work book for children with ADHD by the ADHD Foundation

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