Three Ways School

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Coordinates 51°21′22″N2°22′15″W / 51.3560°N 2.3708°W / 51.3560; -2.3708 Coordinates: 51°21′22″N2°22′15″W / 51.3560°N 2.3708°W / 51.3560; -2.3708
Type Special school; Academy
Established2005;14 years ago (2005)
Department for Education URN 140079 Tables
Ofsted Reports
HeadJulie Dyer
Gender Coeducational
Age4to 19

Three Ways School is a coeducational special school with academy status, located in the Odd Down area of Bath in Somerset, England.

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Odd Down

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It was created in 2005 from the amalgamation of three special schools in Bath, the Royal United Hospital School, Summerfield School and Lime Grove School, but only moved into its new £12 million, purpose built facilities after they were opened on 17 November 2007, by High Sheriff of Somerset, David Medlock. [1]

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The buildings, grounds and facilities cater for children and young people with a range of special needs. The school is divided into small family units from the nursery for the very youngest children to a post 16 centre. The facilities include a sensory theatre [2] and Hydrotherapy pool. [3] The school also has partners with Ralph Allen School.


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Ralph Allen School

Ralph Allen School in Combe Down, Bath, England, is a co-educational, comprehensive secondary school with academy status. Located on the south-eastern edge of Bath, the school educates 11 to 18-year-olds from Bath and the surrounding area.

Architects for the scheme were Cardiff-based B3, and it won the “Inspiring Design — special needs” in the British Council for School Environments (BCSE) inaugural awards in 2008. [4] [5] [6]

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The school converted to academy status on 1 September 2013.

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