School Options

There is one school on the Isles of Scilly, The Five Islands School, which is responsible for educating all 280 or so children across the islands aged between the ages of 3 (Nursery Class) up to and including 16 year old students in Year 11.

There is a 3-16 all-through base on St Mary’s, as well as smaller primary bases on Tresco (servicing both Tresco and Bryher), St Martin’s and St Agnes.  All secondary aged children are educated on St Mary’s, and secondary aged children from St.Agnes, Bryher, Tresco and St. Martin's weekly board from Monday to Friday at Mundesley Boarding House.

Children with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities

All children on the islands are educated at the Five Islands School. The School has a well-defined inclusion policy and SEND policy.  These policies describe the school's approach to ensuring children with SEND achieve great outcomes.

How much funding does the school or college have to support my child?

Funding nationally has been split into three elements as follows:

  • Element 1 – in mainstream schools and colleges, all students bring a basic funding entitlement.  In schools this is called the Age Weighted Pupil Unit (AWPU) and applies whether or not a pupil has high needs to pay for.  For example, an element of a teacher, an element of premises etc. In colleges this is the mainstream per-student funding calculated by the national 16-19 funding system. 
  • Element 2 – all mainstream schools and colleges are delegated funding to make further provision of up to £6,000 per pupil with special educational needs (SEN).  This is in addition to Element 1.
  • Element 3 – SEN costs above this £6,000 are met from top-up funding from the Local Authority.  The top up funding is to meet the assessed need of the pupil and is in addition to Elements 1 and 2.

Independent Special Schools

If you feel that the Five Islands School is not an option for your child or young adult, alternative options for schooling are available for children with complex Special Educational Needs of Disabilities on the mainland that are approved by the Secretary of State under Section 41 of the Children and Families Act 2014.

The National Association of Special Schools also maintains a list of schools that specialise in the education of children and young people with complex Special Educational Needs.

Achieving at School

It is important that your child makes at least expected progress at school. For some children failure to make expected progress is as a result of a Special Educational Need.  If you are concerned that your child is not making expected progress please contact the school to discuss the issue further.

As your child progresses through school there will be opportunities to support their transition from Nursery to Reception class, Infants to Juniors, Juniors (Key Stage 2) to Key Stage 3 and from Key Stage 4 to Further Education.