About the school

Larkrise Special School in Trowbridge

is for children with Severe Learning Difficulties including those with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities and Autistic Spectrum Disorders.

Larkrise School caters for children aged 4 to 19 from across West Wiltshire, to provide education and therapies tailored to individual needs. 

Larkrise School admits pupils from a wide catchment area, which extends to Trowbridge, Chippenham, Melksham, Devizes, Warminster, Westbury, Bradford-on-Avon, and the outlying villages. Our pupils are escorted into school on minibuses; they enjoy these journeys and have good relationships with their drivers and Passenger Assistants. Although some children have to travel a long distance, we try to keep their journeys as short as possible.

Why Choose Larkrise?


The centre of the school is the hall, which contains an exciting climbing wall along with a range of other Physical Education equipment.  The hall is also used for Drama and Gymnastics sessions. The whole school meets in the hall at lunch times and for assemblies. State of the art hoisting facilities have been put in place to ensure accessibility for all.

There are ten classrooms. All pupils have access to computers within the classroom and use a wide variety of switches and aids to help them to use ICT to communicate and learn. Each room is equipped with either an Interactive White Board or Interactive Plasma Screen. 

We have a secure and current internal I.T. Infrastructure ensuring the safety of data, and our network.

The school has its own hydrotherapy pool which was opened in 1989 by HRH the Princess Royal. The Federation of Master Builders as part of their Millennium project extended the area in 1999.

The pool area underwent further developments in 2008, which led to the construction of large changing areas and showers for the pupils to use after Physical Education.

In 2009 Larkrise installed an H-Frame Hoisting System throughout the pool area; this has enhanced students’ safety, enjoyment and physiotherapy benefits, particularly with our Therapeutic Learning Groups (TLG).