Choosing and applying for a school for children and young people with SEND

See advice about choosing a school for a child or young person with special educational needs and disabilities and browse schools near you.

Choosing a school

There are many different types of schools and many things to think about when choosing the right education provider for your child. If your child has special educational needs, you will have more to consider. All schools have a website and special educational needs information report which gives information for parents and carers.

Our school admissions area has further information to help you choose a school. If your child has a statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care plan, the professionals involved in writing it will help you decide on the most appropriate type of school for your child.

The majority of children with SEND can have their needs met in a mainstream school but a proportion may need to access specialist provision.

When making your choice it is also important to consider how your child will travel to school. You can find out more about transport to school and college here

Applying for a place

If your child has a statement of special educational needs or an education, health and care plan, the professionals involved in writing it will help you decide on the most appropriate type of school for your child. You will then need to follow our normal admissions process.

Find school information for your area

Browse maps of primary and secondary schools in your area, catchments, admissions arrangements by area and information about the different types of schools in North Yorkshire.

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Moving into North Yorkshire

If you are moving home into North Yorkshire and your child has an education, health and care plan, or if they are currently undergoing a statutory assessment, you will need to consider the school you would like your child to attend.

To make the transition as smooth as possible, you should notify us as early as you can so we can begin to identify available an appropriate school place. However the formal consultation cannot begin until you advise us of the address you are moving to.

Our admissions pages provide further information and how to apply for your preferred school. You can also contact us on 01609 535002 or sen@northyorks.gov.uk for more information. 

It also may be useful to contact the SEND information, advice and support service (SENDIASS) if you know you are moving into North Yorkshire. They provide free and impartial information, advice and support for children, young people and young adults (up to 25 year old) with SEND as well as their parents or carers.

Useful downloads and information

 You can download a list of our schools here. (pdf / 1 MB)

You can view details of independent schools for students with special educational needs here, including those approved under section 41 of the Children and Families Act.

You can also use GOV.UK to view a register of schools and colleges in England. You can search for and download information on establishments, establishment groups or governors.