Ian Mikardo High School is a specialist school for children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) and Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs.

Whilst the majority of our students live in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, we are open to referrals from the SEN panels of neighbouring Boroughs. Our year groups run from year 7 to 13. We currently have the capacity for 50 students, and hope to expand in the coming years.

How to apply

All our students have statements of Special Educational Needs or Education, Health and Care Plans relating to Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs. If your child is yet to be assessed for SEN, you can refer to Tower Hamlets website for more information about the process.

We welcome students at any point between years 7 to 13. Following a referral from a SEN Panel, we invite prospective students and their families or carers to visit us and see if our school environment is a good fit for them. To help ensure that Ian Mikardo is the best possible place for an individual, a senior member of our Welfare team personally assesses each applicant’s needs as a part of the application process.

We accept applications directly from parents or carers for students who already have SEN statements. We also welcome referrals from local authorities, institutions and services. For any application, please contact

Prospectus and Parent Handbook

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