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Education provision in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead for children and young people with SEND


Mainstream Schools

The majority of children and young people in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead (RBWM) who have a Statement of Special Educational Need (SEN) or an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan attend a mainstream school.  

“Mainstream schools” refers to the combination of Local Authority Maintained Schools, Academies, Free Schools and Specialist Resource Units attached to schools. 


RBWM Resource Units

RBWM’s resource units provide specialist educational provision in mainstream schools.  There are 4 special resource units within the Royal Borough, which support children and young people with a specific need. Children and young people attending the resource units have a Statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan. The specialism and age range for the resource units are set out below.  You can click on the blue links to see more information about the resource units.

Resource Unit

School Age range

Main specialism

Charters School


Physical Difficulties

Shine, Furze Platt Senior School


Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Riverside Primary School


Speech and Language Difficulties

Wessex Primary School


Hearing Impairment


Outreach Services and Support Services

There are also a number of outreach services and support services provided in mainstream schools to assist children and young people with SEND. These include: 

  • Manor Green Special School's outreach programme which aims to promote the successful inclusion, progress and well being of children and young people with a learning disability or difficulty in RBWM’s maintained Schools.
  • The Shine Team's outreach education service which supports children in mainstream educational settings who have a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
  • Berkshire Sensory Consortium Service which supports children and young people aged 0-19 who have educational needs arisig from a diagnosed hearing, visual or multi-sensory impairment.
  • RBWM's School Support Service which helps to meet the additional needs of all pupils by providing schools with the opportunity to purchase qualified specialist teachers with expertise in Special Educational Needs (SEND), Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement and English as an Additional Language (EAL).
  • RBWM's Educational Psychology Service (EPS) which works with schools to support children and young people aged 0-19 years (up to 25 years with significant SEND) with their learning, well-being, development and achievement.   Schools purchase packages of time from the EPS.
  • RBWM Behaviour Support Service which works with a number of RBWM schools supporting staff, children and their families to understand and manage difficult behaviour to improve emotional wellbeing.  The Behaviour Support Service provides a free service to maintained primary age range schools and offers a range of flexible packages which can be purchased by Academies, Middle and Secondary age range schools.
  • Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust (BHFT) which provides therapy services to support children with speech and language, physiotherapy and occupational therapy in schools through the Children and Young People's Integrated Therapies (CYPIT) Service.  


RBWM Special Schools

Children and young people with more complex special educational needs or disabilities may attend a special school.  RBWM has one maintained special school and one free special school.

Manor Green School is a maintained special school which caters for pupils with learning difficulties and disabilities aged between 2 and 19 years.  The pupils have a wide variety of needs including Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), communication difficulties, profound and multiple learning difficulties, physical difficulties,  severe learning difficulties and sensory impairments. 

Forest Bridge School is a free school for pupils with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  It opened in September 2015 and in its first year provides for a maximum of 38 pupils between the ages of 4 and 13 years. When the school is full in the school year 2018-19, it will cater for a maximum of 96 pupils between the ages of 4 and 16 years.


Non maintained and Independent provision

If a child or young person’s needs cannot adequately be met within the Local Authority or State-maintained provision described above, provision in the independent or non-maintained sector in the local area may need to be considered.

You can find information about each school's Local Offer in the Childcare and Education section.   This includes maintained and non maintained/independent special school provision in the local area.  In RBWM the requirement on schools to publish an SEN Information Report has now been combined with the requirement to publish a school Local Offer document. The document is downloadable as a PDF document at the end of the school listing. 

Please contact RBWM's Children and Young People Disability Service if you have any queries about the information provided here on 01628 685878 or email


Out of area Provision 


Some children and young people, who have a Statement of SEN or an EHC Plan, and have needs which can not be met within provision in the local area, may be placed in an education setting outside of Windsor and Maidenhead. This includes maintained, non maintained and independent provision in other Local Authority areas. You can read more about out of area provision on the Local Offer.