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SEN Schools in London

We believe that every child should have the opportunity to reach their full potential, no matter what educational challenges they face. For many families of children with SEN, meeting this goal will involve finding a school with the right level of specialist provision and support. To help guide your school search, we are pleased to present our list of the best independent SEN schools in central London.

Finding the right SEN school for your child

When selecting a school for a child with special educational needs, there is a lot to consider. What is the advice given on their EHCP? Would they flourish in mainstream education or in a special school? Is the state or independent sector better? And that’s before getting down to the specifics of particular schools – where location, class size, staff credentials and even the ineffable good or bad ‘feeling’ you get about a school come into play.

At SLT, our school admissions consultants know the independent school system better than anyone. Our school placement service is comprehensive and personal. We meet with you and your child, find out what makes them tick and what you’re looking for, and use our in-depth knowledge of SEN schools in London match them to the perfect school for them. If you would like to find out more about how we can help you with your school search, contact us.

SEN tutors

The right school is only part of the picture. If your child is struggling with their schoolwork, the intervention of an SEN tutor can frequently be transformative. At SLT, we are renowned for introducing SEN tutors with the experience and expertise to help neurodiverse children develop their skills and make progress on their academic journey. The tutors we introduce are, by dint of outstanding qualifications, years of experience, or both, specialists at working with children or young people with SEN. Tutors provide one-to-one tuition entirely bespoke to the individual student, helping students with SEN grow in confidence, develop life-long study skills, and ultimately flourish in their academic careers.

Our team also includes a network of highly experienced educational psychologists, occupational therapists, and specialists in a range of special educational needs and learning difficulties. Contact us to find out more about how we can help your child thrive at school and beyond.

For more advice on finding the right SEN school in London for your child, you may wish to read our frequently asked questions.

SEN Schools in Westminster

Abingdon House Prep

  • Ages: 5-11
  • Gender: co-educational
  • SEN: dyslexia, dyspraxia, autism, speech and language difficulties
  • Location: South Kensington, SW7 5NL

Abingdon House Senior

  • Ages: 11-17
  • Gender: co-educational
  • SEN: dyslexia, dyspraxia, autism, speech and language difficulties
  • Location: Marylebone, NW1 6LG

Fairley House

  • Ages: 5-16
  • Gender: co-educational
  • SEN: dyslexia, dyspraxia
  • Location: Pimlico, SW1P 4AU

SEN Schools in Hammersmith and Fulham

Parayhouse School

  • Ages: 7-16
  • Gender: co-educational
  • SEN: Speech and language difficulties
  • Location: Fulham, W14 9DH

Emerson House

  • Ages: 5-11
  • Gender: co-educational
  • SEN: dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD
  • Location: Hammersmith, W6 OHZ

Burlington House (formerly The Moat School)

  • Ages 7-19
  • Gender: co-educational
  • SEN: dyslexia, dyspraxia, speech and language difficulties
  • Location: Fulham, SW6 6EG

SEN Schools in Kensington and Chelsea

Snowflake School

  • Ages: 5-16
  • Gender: co-educational
  • SEN: Autism
  • Location: Earls Court, SW5 9SJ

SEN Schools in Wandsworth

BeyondAutism Park House

  • Ages: 4-13
  • Gender: co-educational
  • SEN: Autism
  • Location: Wandsworth, SW18 2SL

BeyondAutism Tram House

  • Ages: 11-19
  • Gender: co-educational
  • SEN: Autism, social, emotional and mental health needs
  • Location: Earlsfield, SW17 0NY

Centre Academy London

  • Ages: 8-19
  • Gender: co-educational
  • SEN: Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, mild Autism, ADHD, complex processing difficulties
  • Location: Battersea, SW11 1SH

Chelsea Hall School

  • Ages: 4-11
  • Gender: co-educational
  • SEN: Autism, speech and language difficulties
  • Location: Earlsfield, SW18 3QG

Roehampton Gate School

  • Ages: 9-19
  • Gender: co-educational
  • SEN: Autism, social, emotional and mental health needs
  • Location: Roehampton, SW15 3JJ

SEN Schools in Merton

Lavender Lodge

  • Ages: 4-12
  • Gender: co-educational
  • SEN: Autism
  • Location: Mitcham, CR4 3HD

SEN Schools in Camden

Gloucester House

  • Ages: 5-14
  • Gender: co-educational
  • SEN: Social, emotional and mental health needs
  • Location: Hampstead, NW3 5BU

Blossom House Euston

  • Ages: 3-11
  • Gender: co-educational
  • SEN: Autism, speech and language difficulties
  • Location: Euston, NW1 1PS

SEN Schools in Islington

Kestrel House

  • Ages: 5-16
  • Gender: co-educational
  • SEN: Autism
  • Location: Finsbury Park, N8 9EB

SEN Schools in Haringey

TreeHouse School

  • Ages: 3-19
  • Gender: co-educational
  • SEN: Autism
  • Location: Highgate, N10 3JA

SEN Schools in Greenwich

SAFE School Bexley

  • Ages: 11-19
  • Gender: co-educational
  • SEN: Social, emotional and mental health needs
  • Location: Eltham, SE9 1TY

Wize Up

  • Ages: 11-16
  • Gender: co-educational
  • SEN: Social, emotional and mental health needs
  • Location: Eltham, SE9 6DN

SEN Schools in Southwark

PhoenixPlace

  • Ages: 11-16
  • Gender: Girls
  • SEN: Social, emotional and mental health needs, speech, language and communication difficulties
  • Location: Camberwell, SE5 0NA

Octavia House

  • Ages: 11-14
  • Gender: co-educational
  • SEN: Social, emotional and mental health needs
  • Location: Walworth, SE17 1RT

The Bridge SEN School

  • Ages: 14-25
  • Gender: co-educational
  • SEN: Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia
  • Location: Bermondsey, SE1 5TY

Treasure House (London) CIC

  • Ages: 14-19
  • Gender: co-educational
  • SEN: Autism, social, emotional and mental health needs
  • Location: Peckham, SE15 1JF

Cavendish School

  • Ages: 11-16
  • Gender: co-educational
  • SEN: Social, emotional and mental health needs
  • Location: Bermondsey, SE16 2PA

SEN Schools in Hackney

Side by Side School

  • Ages: 2-19
  • Gender: co-educational
  • SEN: Speech, language and communication difficulties
  • Location: Clapton, E5 9HH

Leaways School

  • Ages: 7-17
  • Gender: co-educational
  • SEN: Autism, ADHD, social, emotional and mental health needs
  • Location: Clapton, E5 9NZ

SEN Schools in Tower Hamlets

Brick Lane School

  • Ages: 5-18
  • Gender: co-educational
  • SEN: Autism, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia, social, emotional and mental health needs
  • Location: Shoreditch, E2 6DY

SEN Schools in Ealing

Blooming Tree Pre-Prep

  • Ages: 3-11
  • Gender: co-educational
  • SEN: Autism, social, emotional and mental health needs
  • Location: Acton, W3 9BJ

Blooming Tree Primary

  • Ages: 4-11
  • Gender: co-educational
  • SEN: Autism, social, emotional and mental health needs
  • Location: Ealing, W5 3TJ

SEN Schools in Hounslow

Eagle Park

  • Ages: 7-19
  • Gender: co-educational
  • SEN: Autism
  • Location: Chiswick, W3 8JY

SEN Schools in Brent

Edith Kay Independent School

  • Ages: 14-19
  • Gender: co-educational
  • SEN: Autism, social, emotional and mental health needs, speech, language and communication difficulties
  • Location: Brent Park, NW10 8HR

SEN Schools in Lambeth

Octavia House

  • Ages: 5-11
  • Gender: co-educational
  • SEN: Social, emotional and mental health needs
  • Location: Vauxhall, SE11 5LG

Octavia House

  • Ages: 14-16
  • Gender: co-educational
  • SEN: Social, emotional and mental health needs
  • Location: Kennington, SE11 6AU

NAS Vanguard

  • Ages: 11-18
  • Gender: co-educational
  • SEN: Autism
  • Location: Lambeth, SE11 6QH

Frequently asked questions

  • What is the best school for autistic children in London?

    There are dozens of SEN schools in London which specialise in teaching children with autism spectrum condition (ASC). Some of the best known include Chelsea Hall in Earlsfield, BeyondAutism Tram House and Park House in Wandsworth, and Blossom House in Euston. However, the most important thing is to find the school which is right for your child. It is advisable to visit a number of schools with your child before making a decision. For children with milder autism, keeping them in mainstream education in a school with strong SEN provision is also worth considering.

  • Who qualifies for special needs school?

    The majority of children at special needs schools (or SEN schools) in the UK have an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP). In the state sector, this entitles parents to name the school which they would like their child to attend (provided it is appropriate for the child's age and abilities). Independent SEN schools may have their own admissions criteria and are not usually obliged to offer a place to every child with an EHCP. For instance, they may have an assessment or interview which a child must pass before receiving an offer.

  • How do I get my child into a special needs school in the UK?

    Almost all pupils at a special (or SEN) school in the UK have an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP). Within the state sector, an EHCP entitles parents to name the school which you would like your child to attend. The local authority can only reject your application if it has a particular reason to - for instance, that it would be wrong for you child's age or ability. You can appeal a rejection if you think it is unfair.

    Independent SEN schools often have their own application process and admissions criteria, and acceptance may not be guaranteed for all applicants. If you would like to know more about the application process for a particular independent SEN school, contact the schools admissions manager or registrar.

  • Is a special school better for an autistic child?

    Special or SEN schools are different from mainstream schools in several key ways. They tend to have smaller class sizes and a higher staff:child ratio, meaning that children receive more individual attention. Staff are trained in teaching children with specific special educational needs or learning disabilities. Finally, every child in the school will have an SEN, so lessons are tailored to supporting these students.

    There is no one answer to whether an SEN school is better for a child with autism, or any other SEN. It will depend on many factors, including the severity of the child's autism, the quality of the particular SEN schools being considered, and the extent of SEN provision within local mainstream schools. The advantages of SEN schools including the smaller class sizes and the specialised teaching staff. On the other hand, the curriculum is likely to be more limited than in a mainstream school and there may be reduced opportunities for socialisation with peers of different abilities.

    If you are unsure whether an SEN school would be better for your child, it is worth speaking to your school's SENDCO, an educational psychologist, or an education consultant.