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Larkrise Special School in Trowbridge is a purpose built special school for children with Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD)

Children do not have learning difficulties simply because their first language is not English. However some of these children may also have learning difficulties.

SEND stands for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. It describes a huge spectrum of needs and challenges, which can include:

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A small minority of children who have complex needs may require a Statutory Assessment of their needs.

Our local offer covers services available to those aged 0 – 25, across education, health, social care, preparing for adulthood and leisure.

Free anti-bullying training for children’s workforce professionals.

My child obviously enjoys his time at school.  Progress has been huge.  Parent Questionnaire Comment.

The Multi-Sensory project is a collaboration between The Roche Court Educational Trust and Larkrise School to provide creative and sensory experiences for children with profound or multiple disabilities.

Young people affected by SEND can need different levels of support, from infrequent, flexible support to full-time care. This variation makes it incredibly important that individual needs are kept at the centre of everything we do as we identify, assess and plann for support needs.

Find it! is a single directory where you can search to find the contact details for Services (including a Special Find it! section), Activity and Parent and Toddler Groups and Children's Centres.

Special educational provision is help given to children with special educational needs, which is additional or different to general provision. Special educational provision takes many different forms. It could include group or individual work, or a personalised learning programme adapted to meet a child’s specific needs.  To find our more about how these needs are assessed, and the provision available in Wiltshire, go to our education local offer.

There are presently no reviews for state special schools in Wiltshire.

Children who have a learning difficulty may find it harder to learn than the majority of children of the same age, or they may have a disability which prevents or hinders them from taking full advantage of the education provided for other children.

For more information please see the SEN support section .

This strategy sets out the vision and key priorities for provision of services and support for children and young people aged 0-25 with special educational needs and/or disability (SEND) in Wiltshire. It also sets out the broad range of provision available to support SEND in Wiltshire and a clear strategic direction for the future. The final strategy, approved by the Children’s Trust Commissioning Executive, has now been published.  Click here for link to the report.

All children and young people have a right to an appropriate education. Children and young people with Special Educational Needs (SEN) may need special help or provision in order to access this education.

What information can I expect to find in the:Services Section?Services Section (Special Find it!)?Activities Section?Parent & Toddler Group Section?Children's Centre Section?

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The Anti-Bullying Alliance is working with Wiltshire Council from April 2015-March 2016 to become Anti-Bullying SEN and Disability Champions. Wiltshire are one of 9 Local Authority areas taking part in this programme. This programme is funded by the Department of Education. We are offering FREE training to schools, the wider workforce and parents/carers in Wiltshire.   For further information on training session please see the leaflets below:

About 1 in 5 children are likely to have special educational needs of some kind at some time during their school career. Some children may have special educational needs for a relatively short time; others will have special needs throughout their schooling. Some will have special needs in particular curriculum areas, but others may need help with all, or most aspects of their education.

The Special Find it! Section provides details of services for children and young people with additional needs in Wiltshire.

As a parent, taking the first steps towards identifying your child’s needs and getting them good support can be the most daunting. Our SEND Service is here to help you.

The Services section of Find it! aims to let all parents of 0 - 20 year olds in Wiltshire know about local and national organisations which may be helpful to them at some point during their lives.  It provides a list of contact details and a brief description of a range of services that are aimed at parents living in Wiltshire.  

We have strong collaborative links with other special schools in Wiltshire as well as Trowbridge Primary and Secondary mainstream schools.

Do you feel your son/daughter has support needs that are not being met? Have family circumstances caused difficulties e.g. bereavement, physical or mental ill health, violence or crime? It may help to complete a CAF (Common Assessment Framework) to ensure that everybody involved with your child works together to get them the help they need. 

Multiple Contacts: eMail: Telephone: 01225 757985 - Single Point of Contact (SPOC)01225 718095 - Business Support Team line Out of hours: Fax: 01225 713982 - SEND Service Postal Address: Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) ServiceChildren's Operational ServicesWiltshire CouncilCounty HallBythesea RoadTrowbridgeWiltshireBA14 8JN

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Find the top state special schools in Wiltshire by browsing through the school listing and reading the school reviews.

Under the Children and Families Act, all local authorities have to publish a clear and accessible 'local offer', setting out in one place information about all services in their area that are available for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Wiltshire Council provides specialist support services, who cover young people with Special Educational Needs, including:

If you have any queries about this pack or have any difficulty contacting the services listed, please do get in touch with the Wiltshire Parent Carer Council on 01225 764647 or email

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Children learn at different speeds and in a variety of ways. There is likely to be a wide range of ability within your child’s early years setting or class year group at school. Children have special educational needs if they have learning difficulties which calls for special educational provision to be made for them. The information below should provide further information and guidance on what to do next.

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