Learning to learn:

A special pathway enabling all our young people

to achieve as much as they possibly can and to flourish in adult life



About West Hill

West Hill School is a special school for children with Learning and Additional Needs. It has a long history of being a highly successful secondary special school and is now in the process of becoming a primary special school.

We are delighted that by 2020, West Hill will have 112 places (16 children and 2 classes per year group) plus 7 full time equivalent assessment nursery places for children with Learning and Additional Needs. Additional needs may include speech and language difficulties, autism, physical difficulties and/or medical needs.

Our vision is for every child at West Hill to achieve as much as they possibly can and we will do everything possible to ensure that every child receives the best teaching, learning opportunities, curriculum, excellent staff/child/parent relationships and additional support to make this happen.

We take responsibility for nurturing and developing the personal qualities of every child and will emphasise the importance of exemplary behaviour and help children learn how to show it.

We provide our staff with the tools and support to instil a strong learning culture in their classrooms. Teaching at West Hill is excellent. Our team of dedicated staff is committed to all our children’s success.

We believe that children whose parents are involved in their learning do better than if they are not. We involve parents in their children’s learning and encourage them to be active members of the school community. Parent communication is organised to encourage wide participation and honest conversation.

Please browse the website to find out how we organise our school to deliver our vision and come and meet us to find out what we can offer your child.

Judy Nettleton


West Hill is recognised by Ofsted as providing outstanding opportunities for its children. We are a Teaching School  and National Support School.