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About Us

Welcome to The Special Partnership Trust

We are an equitable partnership of schools and specialist provision that are ambitious for excellence in learning and support. We constantly seek to improve our offer to young people and their families through collaboration, challenge and cooperation across the partnership. We are always aware of the need to develop best practice across the partnership and with mainstream and other specialist providers. The partnership works proactively with the LA and multi-agency teams to provide a wide range of flexible specialist learning opportunities across the region.

Advantages of a ‘Special Partnership Trust’

South West approach

A commitment to provide a consistently high quality standard of special education across the South West.


A collective responsibility to ensure that every school within the MAT thrives.

One voice

An ability to shape the direction and delivery of special education with a strengthened collective voice.


Less isolated and more flexible and adaptable in a constantly changing landscape.


In the best possible position to help to deliver an enhancement to the SEN provision in the region, with a focus on Free School development and integration of ARB provision in mainstream education through collaborative partnerships. Growth must come from a strong successful partnership, so whilst desirable in terms of economies of scale and efficiencies the focus will remain on our core values and improved learning opportunities for all our pupils.


Expand and develop the sharing and building of best practice and support networks for those working with learners in special schools to improve the quality of special education.

Economies of scale

Exploit the power of combined resources to develop more effective ways of working, including staff capacity, governance, finance, research and pedagogy.