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Linwood School

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Linwood School is a day special school which welcomes pupils from a wide geographical area, supporting a comprehensive range of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

We welcome diversity in culture, religion and ability and we value the contribution that every child and young person makes.

Linwood School comprises of a number of campuses:

Linwood Campus 

Years Nursery to Year 14, with a comprehensive range of special educational needs:

  • Speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) including pupils with autism and Asperger's syndrome
  • Cognition and learning needs covering a wide range of needs, including moderate learning difficulties (MLD), severe learning difficulties (SLD), where children are likely to need support in all areas of the curriculum and associated difficulties with mobility and communication, through to profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD), where children are likely to have severe and complex learning difficulties as well as a physical disability or sensory impairment
  • Specific learning difficulties (SpLD) which affect one or more specific aspects of learning. This encompasses a range of conditions such as dyslexia, dyscalculia and dyspraxia
  • Social, emotional and mental health needs
  • Sensory and/or physical needs

Springwood Campus 

Years 1 to Year 14 who have a diagnosis of autism and associated learning difficulties/Asperger's Syndrome.

Littlewood Campus

Years Nursery and Reception who have a diagnosis of autism and associated learning difficulties.

Woodford Campus (based at Somerford Primary School)

Pupils aged 5 to 11 with a comprehensive range of special educational needs.

Summerwood Campus

Years 12 to 14, who have a diagnosis of autism/Asperger's. syndrome.

CHI (Classroom in the Heart of the Industry) 

An industry programme based in the Marsham Court Hotel, Tesco (Riverside branch) and Immanuel Centre, Southbourne which provides for students in Years 12 to 14, predominately for those with more moderate learning needs.

Post 19 Link +   

This provision supports young adults with additional learning needs transitioning to adulthood for up to 5 students aged 19 to 25.

At Linwood we are passionate about improving outcomes for our children and young people and work very closely with families and external agencies to facilitate this.

We offer a safe and supportive environment, as well as a personalised, relevant, innovative and motivating curriculum to meet a range of individual learning needs.

We strongly believe that all children and young people should be respected and valued and given opportunities to reach their full potential. All learning is outcome led promoting achievement, resilience, well being, aspiration and meaningful future destinations.

We have a highly motivated, talented and dedicated team of teachers and support staff who have high aspirations for our children and young people and provide a caring and challenging environment ensuring that all children and young people enjoy both personal and academic success. We work in partnership with parents /carers, a range of agencies, schools and community groups collaborating with one another to enable every learner to achieve their potential.

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Venue/Contact Details
Linwood School
Alma Road
Area coverage
Pan Dorset
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  • Drop off / Collection point
  • Car Parking
Times and Costs
Opening times:
Monday to Friday 9:10am - 3:30pm.
Further opening details:
  • Afternoon
  • Morning
  • Daily
  • School Term Only
Ages, Booking Details and Referral Information
From 3 years to 19 years
SEND Local Offer SEND

Linwood School supports a comprehensive range of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. 

Linwood School Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Policy.



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