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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, and is situated on a split site on Glenfield Road in West Leicester. Primary aged pupils are educated in the Lower School building and students aged 12-19 are in the Upper School site and the West Gate Learning Centre based 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.