New School Places in Surrey

New School Places in Surrey

This is a roundup of changes to schools providing places for children with autism and Communication and Interaction Needs (COIN). First published in NAS Surrey News in June  2021.

Freemantles School

Surrey County Council, together with Freemantles School, is proposing to permanently expand the school to accommodate a total of 270 pupils by providing an additional 72 places in Years 7 to 14. You have until 17th June to respond – details are here:


Specialist Communication and Interaction Needs (COIN) Centres

COIN centres are based in mainstream schools and provide places for children whose needs include speech, language and communication and autism. COIN specialist centres are best suited for children who will benefit from attending mainstream classes and regular interaction with other pupils there, but who require additional specialist support at times in a different classroom setting to achieve their educational goals.


Chandlers Field School East Molesey – High COIN unit

Surrey County Council in liaison with Chandlers Field School, is proposing to open a specialist centre (SEN unit) for primary pupils with an EHCP and who have autism. A bespoke building will be located within the school grounds.


Changes at Sunnydown School in Caterham

There is a proposal to remove residential provision and add 20 more spaces at

Sunnydown School, a special school catering for boys and young men in KS3 and KS4 who have an EHCP that identifies COIN as a primary need. Many students have autism. Pupils are academically able, with many obtaining GCSE grades A and B in Maths and Science. Specialised support is in place for those who find English more challenging.


Philip Southcote School Addlestone

Surrey County Council has amended its plans to expand Philip Southcote School which will now permanently accommodate a total of 150 pupils on the main site, with an additional 50 places in National Curriculum Years 7 to 11. The main point of intake will be at Year 7. Part of this proposal is to also relocate the current sixth form provision to the former Meads building, adjacent to Chertsey High School. There will be a satellite Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) centre at Chertsey High School.


Satellite SEND Centre in Camberley

There is to be another satellite SEND centre at Kings International College, Camberley, in partnership with the Governing Body of the school.


Manor Mead Primary Virginia Water

Manor Mead Primary school for pupils with learning disabilities is opening a temporary two-year ‘satellite’ expansion of Manor Mead School, on behalf of Surrey County Council in September 2021. The new school will take up to 40 local primary aged children with autism and/or Communication and Interaction needs, and will expand to 60 children from September 2022. You can read more here:

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