Norfolk is one of the largest counties in the UK, and its geography is a varied mix of urban and rural.  It is bordered to the east and north by over 90 miles of coastline.  There is a two-tier model of local government in Norfolk. 

The school landscape reflects the urban/rural mix.  Of the 422 publicly funded mainstream schools, 52 are secondary and 351 are primary.

Norfolk has a vibrant developing economy with growth sectors in agri-tech, life sciences, advanced manufacturing, energy and engineering.  Financial services, tourism and culture and digital creative sectors also play a key underpinning role in Norfolk’s growth plans.  In addition, the county has three Further Education Colleges, one Sixth Form College and one University Technical College.

In the Higher Education sector, Norfolk is home to the renowned universities, the University of East Anglia and Norwich University of the Arts.  Local Further Education providers also provide a significant offer of higher education.

Current SEND Provision

There are currently 13 special schools in Norfolk:

  • 10 schools for pupils with cognition and learning needs (moderate to severe/profound) and other secondary needs (SLCN, physical/medical, SEMH, ASD), circa 1340 pupils
  • 2 schools for pupils with complex SEMH without cognition and learning needs (circa 150 places)
  • 2 school for pupils with complex ASD without cognition and learning needs (100 places)

All special schools in Norfolk are part of the Norfolk Association of Special School Headteachers, a school led association.  This network is integral to enhancing support services to the mainstream school system and in working collaboratively with mainstream and special settings to develop and share expertise and approaches across the sector.