Special schools are specifically organised to meet the special educational needs and disabilities of children and young people. They may have smaller class sizes, specialist facilities and equipment and staff who have received additional training.
There are 3 special schools in East Riding:
Riverside Special School
Age: 2 to 19 years, including EYFS and Post-16 provision.
Range of needs supported: On completion of our wonderful extension and refurbishment, the school has been designated as supporting pupils who present with SLD, PMLD and Complex Needs. Currently the majority of pupils have MLD and Complex Needs. The phased transition to cater for a wider range of additional needs in underway now that the building programme is complete. Post-16 provision began in September 2018 and has developed to near capacity since then.
Support and interventions available to meet the needs of the children/young: Riverside School currently supports children aged 2 to 19 years who will typically have a variety of learning difficulties, Autistic Spectrum Conditions and medical or sensory impairments that present a barrier to their learning. Our new change of designation now includes pupils with severe learning difficulties and profound needs as children join our younger classes.
Our new seven classroom extension includes a Hydrotherapy pool, a sports hall, gym, sensory room, small group rooms and office space. The refurbishment of our existing building was completed by September 2019, so that our age range and provision could gradually expand from 2 years old to 19 years old and to develop to meet the needs of a wider range of conditions.
The refurbished area includes an immersive sensory room, science room and IT suite. We continue to develop our outdoor learning space to ensure this becomes an integral part of our offer.
Planned intervention groups take place by a skilled team of Learning Support Assistants to help us to meet individual needs.
Address: Ainsty St, Goole, East Yorkshire, DN14 5JS
Contact number: (01405) 763925
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Website: riversideschoolgoole.com (external website)
St Anne’s School and Sixth Form College
Range of needs supported: St. Anne's School is a day school with residential provision, catering for 2-19 year olds. Our school provides a quality, inclusive education for pupils with learning difficulties and those with MLD, SLD and profound and multiple needs. The school is a specialist in providing education for those with autism spectrum disorder.
Support and interventions available to meet the needs of the children/young people: On site residence providing 24 hour curriculum, autism support through designated communication groups, staffing levels appropriate to the level of need, onsite medical support, fully adaptive curriculum and facilities, sensory curriculum, post 16 provision preparing for adult life and employment, extra-curricular activities through off site provision, inclusion with local primary schools, sensory garden, sensory room, hydrotherapy pool, children’s kitchen, trampolines, soft play playgrounds, horticulture and poly-tunnels, and a small animal care facility.
Address: St Helen’s Drive, Welton, East Yorkshire HU15 1NR
Contact number: (01482) 667379
Contact email: email@example.com
Website: stannes-eastriding.co.uk (external website)
Kings Mill School
Age: 2-19 years
Range of needs supported: Kings Mill School caters for pupils with learning disabilities (MLD, SLD, PMLD and Complex Needs). We are a day school with residential provision during the week. Our post 16 provision is in our Sixth Form Centre based at Driffield School and Sixth Form.
Support and interventions available to meet the needs of the children/young people: Our school motto is learning for life and we adapt our provision to meet the needs of each learner within small class groups. We have formal, semi-formal and informal curricula which allow us to choose learning activities appropriate to each pupil. We also run an ABA programme in 2 dedicated classes. We are well equipped with a hydrotherapy pool, rebound room, sensory rooms and sensory integration room. We make good use of the local community thanks to our convenient location and fleet of minibuses. Our post 16 provision focuses on preparing for adulthood with opportunities to experience the world of work as well as local colleges.
Address: Victoria Road, Driffield, East Riding of Yorkshire, YO25 6UG
Tel: (01377) 253375
Website: kingsmillschool.co.uk (external website)
For information about special schools in the East Riding visit the council's website.
Special Schools - East Riding of Yorkshire Council (external council website)
Special Schools Admissions Policy
For information on the application and allocation process for admissions to the three community special schools in East Riding of Yorkshire please view the special schools admissions policy:
Special Schools admissions Policy (pdf 115kb)
For a further summary of special schools in the area please visit Hull's Local Offer website: Local Special School information - Hull Local Offer website on Connect to Support (external website)
Does my child need a statement or an Education, Health and Care Plan to attend a special school?
Children must have a statement of SEN or an Education, Health and Care Plan to attend a special school unless the child is accepted on an assessment placement. Assessment placements might be offered to children under 5 with complex needs or when immediate support is needed for a child following a sudden onset or deterioration of the child’s difficulties.
Can I ask for a special school that is not in the East Riding?
Yes. You can express a preference for a school in another area.
The Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Assessment and Review Team (SENDART) will consider your preference and talk to you about whether the school is suitable, compare the cost and ask ('consult') that Local Authority (e.g. Hull) if they can offer a place for your child.
You can also ask for a non-maintained or independent special school. You may feel that a particular school has good facilities and would therefore be best for your child.
SENDART will listen to your views, however, the starting point for them will be whether there is suitable provision within local and neighbouring-maintained schools. They will take into account what provision your child needs and the cost of the placement. For information about independent and non-maintained special schools in England visit the The National Association of Independent Schools and Non-Maintained Special Schools website:
National Association of Independent Schools and Non-Maintained Special Schools (external website)
Can I ask for a residential special school?
A residential school may be considered where there is multi-agency agreement that your child has severe or multiple SEN, or medical needs that cannot be met in local day provision.
List of approved independent special institutions (known as Section 41)
Section 41 allows the Secretary of State, by order, to publish a list of approved independent special institutions (Independent Special Schools – England and Wales and Special Post-16 institutions). Institutions can only be included on the list with their consent. This list is updated termly and can be viewed on the GOV.UK website:
GOV.UK - Section 41 Secretary of State approved list (external website)