Information for families in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

Special Educational Needs Specialist Service (SENSS) - Christchurch

Schools in Christchurch are able to buy in the Special Educational Needs Specialist Service from Dorset Council.

The service aims to: 

  • provide specialist assessment 
  • provide specialist teaching and advice for pupils with SEN 
  • promote awareness and understanding through excellent and informed training and practice  
  • develop confident, independent learning in partnership with other professionals, schools and parents 

Who can Access this Service 

The service provides support to pupils, schools and the local council for specific learning difficulties. This service is for school-aged children. The service must receive a referral from the school to provide this service, so speak to your school if you think your child needs this support.  

The difficulties the service provides support for include: 

  • dyslexia 
  • language disorder  
  • dyspraxia  
  • dyscalculia 
  • autism spectrum disorder (ASD) 
  • the wider range of SEN 

The service available to schools includes: 

  • support for individual pupils 
  • whole-school approaches to inclusion 
  • training and modelling  

Principal Advisory Teacher East 

Name: Kitty Huthwaite

Tel: 01202 870130 

Address:  Inclusion Services, The Hanham Centre, Hanham Road, Wimborne, BH21 1AS

Principal Advisory Teacher West

Name: Jane Cottee


Tel: 01305 228300

Address: Inclusion Services, Monkton Park, Winterbourne Monkton, Dorchester, DT2 9PS

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Venue/Contact Details
Two Locations depending on area required. See Service Description
Area coverage
See Journey Planner on the right-hand side of this page, where you can view bus, car and train routes from your location.
Times and Costs
Further opening details:
  • Afternoon
  • Morning
  • Daily
  • School Term Only
Contact provider directly for costs
Ages, Booking Details and Referral Information
From 5 years to 18 years
Religious and Additional Needs Provision
Additional needs supported:
  • Dyslexia
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder
  • Speech, Language & Communication Needs
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