Special schools in Brent

Brent has five special schools for children from four to 19 years old. They cater for a range of needs including:

  • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
  • Social, emotional and mental health difficulties (SEMHD)
  • Speech, language and communication needs (SLCN)
  • Mild to severe learning difficulties

These places are only available to pupils with an education, health and care (EHC) plan. Information in the child or young person’s EHC plan assessment is used to identify the type of special school that is needed. The placement is considered and agreed by a panel of education, health and social care professionals, based on the admissions criteria of the special school. Brent Special Educational Needs Assessment Service (SENAS) then makes an application to the school on behalf of the child.

Manor School

Manor School is part of Brent Specialist Academy Trust (BSAT) and provides a specialist teaching environment for primary-age pupils with a range of special educational needs including global developmental delay, autism spectrum disorder and severe/complex learning difficulties. Children are taught in a very specialist environment with small classes, specially trained staff and on-site speech and occupational therapy.   

The Avenue School

The Avenue School, which is also part of BSAT, offers 28 places for pupils with autism and complex needs aged between four and 11. The school is currently on a temporary site at the side of Queens Park Community School and will move to its permanent home at the corner of Christchurch Avenue and Brondesbury Park in Kilburn in September 2021, when it will expand over the next four years to offer 104 places for pupils aged between four and 18.

The Village School

The Village School, which is part of the Compass Learning Partnership Multi-Academy Trust, caters for pupils aged three to 19 with a wide range of complex needs including profound and multiple learning disabilities, severe learning difficulties and autism spectrum disorder. Facilities include a range of sensory and soft play suites, a swimming pool, extensive play and outdoor learning areas, gym and multi-agency hubs.

Woodfield School                                                                                                                                                               

Woodfield School is also part of the Compass Learning Partnership Multi-Academy Trust. It is a special school with specialist school status in PE and ICT. The school offers places to pupils aged 11 to 19 with a wide range of learning difficulties and has expertise in a range of teaching methods to meet the needs of students with autism, moderate learning difficulties and severe learning difficulties.                                                           

Phoenix Arch School

Phoenix Arch is a primary special school for pupils with social communication and interaction needs and/or for children who are functioning at the higher end of the autism spectrum.                                                                                                                          

Additional SEND provision in Brent and beyond

There are also a number of mainstream schools in Brent which have additionally resourced provision for children and young people with SEND and independent special schools and post 16 colleges.

For more information about all schools in Brent, click on our school finder.