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Special School Outreach

The vision for Special School Outreach in Stoke-on-Trent is a provision that:

  • Enables pupils who have a statement / Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan/ diagnosis of a special need to participate fully in the life and work of mainstream settings;
  • Works collaboratively with other support services to remove barriers of achievement by building capacity, sustainability and confidence in our mainstream settings.

If your child attends a mainstream school and has a statement / EHC plan / diagnosis of a special educational need, he / she may require additional support from a special school specialist. This may be for various reasons associated with your child's special educational needs.

Each of the four special schools from within the city deliver outreach support in accordance with their own specialism. That is:

Abbey Hill School of Performing Arts College - ASD / Communication and Interaction;

Kemball School - Cognition and Learning / complex medical and Learning needs;

Portland school and Specialist College - Behaviour / Cognition and Learning - barriers to Learning;

Watermill School - Cognition and Learning / Behaviour / MAPA training / Communication.

Support for pupils may come in the following formats:

  • Specialist Advice
  • Access to resources;
  • Classroom observation and feedback;
  • shared placement;

After the support has been completed, a follow up exercise is usually undertaken after about three months to measure the impact of the support.




Who to contact

Contact Name
John Roberts
Contact Position
Inclusion Support Officer
01782 232835

Where to go

Stoke City Council - SEN Team
Civic Centre - 2nd floor
Glebe Street
Stoke on Trent

Other Details


Referral required
Referral Details

A referral is required to access special school outreach support. This can be downloaded from our website. 


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