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Welcome to West Gate School Welcome to West Gate School

West Gate School is a special school for pupils aged from 4-19 years who have a very wide range of learning difficulties and disabilities. West Gate is a Specialist School for Cognition and Learning. We have the Local Authority’s only DCSF approved specialist autism provision, inspected and accredited in July 2012, for both primary and secondary aged pupils. 

As part of the schools broader role within the City, we are a member of the Leicester Education Inclusion Partnership (EIP) of Secondary schools, the City of Leicester Association of Special Schools (CLASS) and The Alliance for Learning in Leicester.
In September 2012 we became a Trust school by joining the Well Trust, in partnership with several other educational institutes across the country.

The school opened in 2006 following the merger of two former special schools, Emily Fortey and Piper Way, both situated on opposite sides of Glenfield Road in West Leicester. In late 2014 the school moved into a brand new state of the art school, situated on the Lower School site, moving all our pupils and staff from the Upper and Lower sites under one roof. Primary aged pupils and students aged 12-19 are based at the school with some students also based at the West Gate Learning Centre at New College Leicester. The Learning Centre was opened in 2011 with a focus on providing life skills and employability for our students.

The school is a vibrant, friendly and welcoming community with a strong positive ethos. We have a skilled and dedicated staff team who are deeply committed to providing the best possible education and care for all our pupils.

We hope you enjoy browsing our website and that it gives you a flavour of life here at the school.