Welcome to SMS Education


SMS Education School is a DFE registered independent special school. It caters for learners aged 13-16 that find traditional school settings problematic and find learning through vocational activities beneficial.

At SMS we specialise in helping those that may have fallen behind or out of education due to social, emotional or mental health issues to catch up and identify a clear path to post 16 education.

Our recent Ofsted report states SMS Education is a GOOD school, were learners "make good progress" and are "happy and feel safe in the school."  "Staff are quick to form excellent relationships and re-build pupils’ self-confidence and self-esteem" and "teachers design work to meet the personal needs and interests of each pupil. As a result, pupils engage in their learning and make good gains in their progress and development." The school's "approach is re-building pupils’ broken understanding of how to be successful in society. Staff are skilful in nurturing and supporting pupils’ social and emotional needs."

For the full report open the link in the Ofsted section of the Parents drop down list.

SMS offers English, maths and science at all levels from entry through to GCSE and is a JCQ registered exam centre.

SMS offers nationally recognised qualifications in all vocational areas studied.

We offer a selection of alternative education provisions in the following areas:


  • Construction 
  • Music (Rubber Soul)
  • Art & Design
  • Hair & Beauty
  • Social Care
  • Travel & Tourism

Qualifications can be offered in all areas up to GCSE equivelent.

At SMS Education School we believe every child has an entitlement to education and to be able to access a varied and creative curriculum based around their learning style.

The learning environment should support their needs and provide a nurture based approach to collaborative education


A tailored programme will be planned with the individual to ensure the learner is not just interested and engaged in their chosen vocational programme but that it also inspires them to raise their confidence and aspirations. This will allow them the motivation to strive for higher goals and transition through to further education or training.


Can we also please draw all parents and carers attention to the feedback section in the parents drop down menu. It allows you to have your say about how you feel about school and the education your child is getting.