Special Schools

A child will need an EHCP to access specialist provision. Talk to the Inclusion Manager if you are thinking about sending your child to a special school.


Addington School is a special school for pupils aged 2 – 19 years. Addington School is located in Woodley next door to The Bulmershe School and the leisure centre.

Addington caters for up to 205 pupils with severe or profound learning needs, many of whom have associated sensory, communication, motor and / or behaviour difficulties including Autism.

All pupils at Addington have a Statement of Special Educational Need or an Education Health and Care Plan related to their learning difficulties and additional needs.



The Avenue

The Avenue School-Special Needs Academy is a day, special school for boys and girls from the age of 2 – 19 with complex Special Educational Needs. It is situated close to the centre of Reading and is the only school of this type within the borough.




Bishopswood provides specialist education for children aged between 2 and 16 years with severe or profound learning difficulties, including those with complex needs and/or ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder).





Brookfields School is a large, thriving and dynamic special school in Tilehurst, Reading in West Berkshire offering an outstanding and personalised education for pupils aged from 3 to 19 all of whom have a learning difficulty and some of whom have additional needs.



Christ the King

Christ the King hosts a 20 place Specialist Resource for primary age children in Reading who have Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC - often called ASD). To apply for a place at The Ark a child must have either a statement or an EHCP and needs to go through panel and not through the main school. 



Dingley’s Promise

Dingley's Promise provide a place where children - from birth to five years - with special needs and disabilities come to develop skills through play. More than this, it is a place where their parents and carers are welcome, where they can make friends and share experiences.

Dingley's Promise offers play scheme sessions across the year for children aged 0-5 years with SEND, this service offers much needed respite for parents and carers.



The Holy Brook School

A primary day school for statemented pupils with Behavioural, Emotional and Social difficulties (BESD). 





Snowflake Early Years Autism Resource (New Bridge Nursery School)

A specialist nursery resource for 3 and 4 year old children living in Reading who either have a diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Condition, or who are on the CAMHS pathway.





Special Educational Needs (SEN) Team

The Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND) Team supports children and young people aged 0–25 who have special educational needs that require the support of an Education, Health & Care (EHC) Plan. The Team co-ordinates statutory Needs Assessments and works closely with families, schools and practitioners from across education, health and social care, to help put support in place through EHC Plans



Thames Valley School is a free school sponsored by The National Autistic Society (NAS).

Thames Valley School caters for children and young people with autism (including Asperger syndrome) aged 5 to 16.