Special schools and specialist resources bases

Information for parents applying for a place in a special school or specialist resource base

If you wish your child to be considered for a place at a local maintained special school or specialist resource base this should normally be discussed at the annual review of their education, health and care plan (EHCP).

A visit to the school could be arranged directly with the school.  All pupils who attend a special school or resource base are legally required to have an education, health and care plan or be undergoing a statutory assessment.

You cannot apply for a special school online.

If you have any questions about special school placements please discuss them with:

Community special schools

(Full contact details can be found using the schools list)

Bardwell School, Bicester

Community Special School caters for children with severe, profound and multiple learning difficulties aged two to nineteen
Catchment area: Bicester, Kidlington and surrounding villages
Website.
 

Bishopswood School, Sonning Common

Community Special School caters for children with severe, profound and multiple learning difficulties aged two to sixteen
Catchment area: South Oxfordshire from Wallingford to Goring, Sonning Common, Henley-on-Thames and Watlington
Website.

Frank Wise School, Banbury

Community Special School caters for children with severe, profound and multiple learning difficulties aged two to nineteen
Catchment area: Banbury, Chipping Norton and surrounding villages
Website.

John Watson School, Wheatley

Community Special School caters for children with severe, profound and multiple learning difficulties aged two to nineteen
Catchment area: Thame, Wheatley, Watlington, Chinnor, Benson, Ewelme and surrounding villages, Risinghurst and part of Oxford City (Barton)
Website.

Mabel Prichard School, Oxford

Community Special School caters for children with severe, profound and multiple learning difficulties aged two to nineteen
Catchment area: Oxford City
Website.       

Northfield School, Oxford

Caters for children with social, emotional and mental health difficulties aged eleven to eighteen
Catchment area: Oxfordshire
Website.

Oxfordshire Hospital School

Community Special School caters for children of school age who are unable to attend school for medical or mental health reasons.
Website.

Springfield School, Witney

Community Special School caters for children with severe, profound and multiple learning difficulties aged two to sixteen
Catchment area: West Oxfordshire
Website.

Woodeaton Manor, Woodeaton

Foundation Special School caters for children with emotional and social difficulties aged seven to eighteen
Catchment area: Oxfordshire
Website.

Academy Special Schools

Endeavour Academy, Oxford

A special school and residential setting for children and young people with autism and severe learning difficulties aged 9 – 19
Catchment area: Oxfordshire
Website.

Fitzwaryn School (part of the Propeller Academy Trust), Wantage

Caters for children with complex moderate learning difficulties, severe, profound and multiple learning difficulties, aged three to nineteen
Catchment area: Wantage, Faringdon and surrounding villages
Website.

The Iffley Academy, Oxford

Caters for children with complex moderate learning difficulties and with emotional and behavioural difficulties, aged five to eighteen
Catchment area: Oxfordshire
Website.

Kingfisher School (part of the Propeller Academy Trust), Abingdon

Caters for children with severe, profound and multiple learning difficulties aged two to nineteen
Catchment area: Abingdon, Didcot, Wallingford and surrounding villages as well as Cumnor
Website.

Northern House School, Oxford

Caters for children with emotional and behavioural difficulties aged five to eleven
Catchment area: Oxfordshire
Website.

Specialist resource bases

Oxfordshire maintains a number of specialist resource bases. These provide for children with a specific need, for example, hearing impairment or autism, based on mainstream school sites. For information about any of the specialist resource bases please contact SEN Support Services

School

Town

Age Range

SEN Categories

Fitzharrys School
OX14 1NP

Abingdon

11-18

Speech, Language and Communication
Autistic Spectrum Disorder

Larkmead School
OX14 1RF

Abingdon

11-18

Hearing Impairment

Lord Williams’s School
OX9 3NW

Thame

11-18

Speech, Language and Communication
Autistic Spectrum Disorder

New Marston Primary School
OX3 0AY

Oxford

4-11

Hearing Impairment

St Andrews CE Primary School
OX39 4PU

Chinnor

4-11

Speech, Language and Communication
Autistic Spectrum Disorder

St Nicholas Primary School
OX3 0PJ

Oxford

4-11

Speech, Language and Communication
Autistic Spectrum Disorder

The Cherwell School
OX2 7EF

Oxford

11-18

Speech, Language and Communication
Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Hearing Impairment

The Marlborough School
OX20 1LP

Woodstock

11-18

Physical Disability
Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Speech, Language and Communication

The Warriner School
OX15 4LJ

Bloxham

11-16

Speech, Language and Communication
Autistic Spectrum Disorder

Guidance on admissions to special schools and resource bases

Every child's needs are considered on an individual basis, the guidance explains the current decision making process where where special provision may be required or requested