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Non-Maintained Special Schools (NMSS)

NMSS are schools the Secretary of State for Education has approved under section 342 of the Education Act 1996.

To read this section of the Education Act please see the government website (external link).

Usually children and young people attending these schools will have an education, health and care plan (EHCP). Places in NMSS have to be commissioned by the Local Authority that provides the funding for the child or young person’s EHCP.

If you wish to discuss a potential placement at a NMSS please contact

The EHC Assessment and Review Team

Telephone: 01706 925981


Please see guidance on GOV.UK - Independent Special Schools and Colleges (external link)

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