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Specialist Schools: 2006/ 2007 Initial Application Guidance and Application Form

This guidance sets out the aims of the Specialist Schools Programme and explains how to apply for specialist school status in 2006/ 2007 . The guidance should be used alongside the application form. Please click on the following links: guidance  / application.  

2006 Re-designation Guidance

This guide explains how specialist schools may apply for a further phase of specialist status following satisfactory completion of their previous development plan.  The closing date for applications from schools which are re-designating in 2006 is Wednesday 20 September 2006.   Schools may apply using the application form on the following link, or by completion of the School Plan Annex at  Please note that any text which disappears below the cell floor in this annex will not be submitted.  The annex is not expandable.

Please click on the following links for :guidance  and application.

Special schools: New SEN specialism: 13 December 2005

On 13 December, Andrew Adonis announced that maintained and non-maintained special schools can now apply for designation in a new specialism in special educational needs (SEN). Please see the News page and the SEN Page on this site for futher information. Last update 10/08/2005

Specialist Schools directory

For complete listings of all 2602 designated specialist schools, please click on the links below:

Alphabetical list of all designated specialist schools (Excel 565KB)
All designated specialist schools listed by local authority and specialism (Excel 565KB)
All designated specialist schools listed by government regions and specialism (Excel 565KB) 
If you do not have Excel, a free Excel viewer can be downloaded here:

High Performing Specialist Schools

The 2006 High Performing Specialist Schools criteria and prospectus is now available.  Please click on the links below.  DfES has written to all re-designating schools informing them.

The documents are:

  1. Prospectus
  2. Criteria
  3. School Plan Annex
  4. Criteria Flowchart

What are Specialist Schools?

An introduction to the aims and background of the Specialist Schools Programme, and an outline of the characteristics specific to each of the ten specialisms. What are Specialist Schools?