Castle Wood

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Prospective Pupil Admissions

School Tours - New starters September 2024

We invite parents of pupils who have received confirmation of a school place at Castle Wood for September 2024 to come and view the school. 

Please ring the school office on 024 76709060 or email to book a place and we will advise you when the tours will take place.

Tours for academic year 2025-2026 will commence from October 2024. 

In order to get the most out of the visit and give opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have, we are limiting the number of visitors in any one session and therefore ask that parents attend without any children. 

Admissions arrangements 

Castle Wood has no influence on decision regarding admissions. Information below is taken directly from Coventry City Council's Local Offer and can be accessed at 

All enquiries for admissions to special schools can be directed to


Parents and carers can express a preference for a specific school to be named within a child or young person's Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP). The Local Authority has a duty to name this choice unless:

  • It would be unsuitable for the age, ability, aptitude or SEN of the child or young person, or
  • The attendance of the child or young person there would be incompatible with the efficient education of others, or the efficient use of resources (In this case, ‘others’ is intended to mean the children and young people with whom the child or young person with an EHC plan will directly come into contact on a regular day-to-day basis).

Efficient education means providing each child or young person with:

  • A suitable and appropriate education in terms of their age, ability, aptitude
  • Provision for any special educational needs they may have. 

Only children and young people with complex needs which cannot be met within mainstream would require a specialist setting.

Therefore, to be considered for a specialist setting a child or young person will need to have an Education, Health and Care Plan where the setting would be named in Section I.

The SEN Code of Practice 2014 section 9.80 outlines when a Local Authority would name a specialist setting:

The local authority must consult the governing body, principal or proprietor of the school or college concerned and consider their comments very carefully before deciding whether to name it in the child or young person’s EHC plan, sending the school or college a copy of the draft plan. If another local authority maintains the school, they too must be consulted.

For more information, please email the Coventry City Council SEN Team on