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Courtlands School

Courtlands is an amazing place to come with a real feel of positivity, acceptance and camaraderie. As you walk around the building you see smiling children loving their learning and behaving exceptionally well. You see therapies many schools do not offer and a curriculum that invents and interests. You see learning organised to meet the developmental needs of the children and we have the confidence to buck the trend, stand out, and to aim for the outstanding.

As a special school we cater for primary aged children who have Moderate Learning Difficulties, Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties, and other complex needs.  This means that our children are academically below what you might normally expect for a child of their age, usually by two to three years.  Within this there is a very wide range of needs, such as children with mild medical issues, developmental disorders such as ADHD and Dyspraxia, mild Autism and speech and language difficulties. All of the children have an Education, Health and Care Plan, and are given a place here by the Local Authority.  We have a maximum of 75 children here at any one time ranging in age from 4 to 11 years old.

We have small classes of no more than ten children with lots of adult support so that the children's difficulties are no longer limiting their progress.  We look at the whole child and help them to to get better all round.  This means that we help them to socialise, eat and play independently, become more active and have better coordination.  We help them to learn to swim, ride a bike and look after themselves in every way.  Our children make excellent progress and really enjoy coming here - often the first time they have ever enjoyed their school.

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Who to contact

01752 776848

Where to go

Widey Lane
Crownhill, Plymouth

Local Offer
Local Offer Flash


The school offers a wide variety of pastoral support for pupils who are encountering emotional, social and behavioural difficulties. These include:

  • Members of staff such as the class teacher, teaching assistants, SENCO, are readily available for pupils who wish to discuss issues and concerns.
  • Our specialist trained teaching assistants run wellbeing groups targeting social skills, self-esteem, emotional wellbeing and anger management.
  • We offer a number of therapies to support children who are struggling emotionally ie Music, dance and occupational therapy.
  • As a school we have found that many of our pupils can find lunchtimes a struggle and so we have provided alternative provision using lunch time clubs run by our staff.

Pupils with medical needs

  • If a pupil has a medical need then a detailed Care Plan is compiled by the school nurse in consultation with parents/carers. These are discussed with all staff who are involved with the pupil.
  • Where necessary, and in agreement with parents/carers, medicines are administered in school where a signed agreement is in place.
Contact Telephone
01752 776848
Contact Email

Local Offer Age Bands
Early Years
Needs Level
SEN Provision Type


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