SEND (Special Educational Needs & Disabilities) and SEMH (Social Emotional Mental Health) School Properties

Commercial Properties Suitable for SEND & SEMH Schools for Sale or to Let

Bernard Gordon & Co have long had the privilege of working with organisations seeking sites to establish schools for children with special educational needs. Previously falling within the D1 market, these properties now fall within use class F1. In a property sense, this is an emerging market that has significant demand due to the insufficient number of SEN schools across the country, mainstream schools without suitable SEN provisions, or a lack of availability within SEN provisions. We have worked with some of the largest organisations in the country, helping to find and open many sites for this use. There are various hurdles in finding a suitable site for SEND & SEMH provisions; we have extensive knowledge to assist in finding the right property.

While our usual focus is within London & the South East, we understand the demand for these schools is nationwide, so we do not limit ourselves.

We have a selection of properties suitable for SEND & SEMH School purposes available to rent and buy. Please take a look at the listings below and use the filters to sort properties for sale or to let. Alternatively, contact us with your requirements, as we may have off-market opportunities to suit your needs.

Buying & Renting SEND & SEMH School Buildings

Although this has always been an existing market, we have found, since April 2021, that demand within this sector has grown exponentially. The reasons for this are varied. With planning use class falling within F1 instead of D1 now, competition has reduced in this market. There have also been a number of school closures due to the struggles arising from the pandemic and the international student impact of Brexit. Primarily, this is due to the need for SEN provisions for children across the country.

This is a market that we feel passionately about. We offer assistance and welcome conversations with any providers to advise on anything we can, whether just for a general chat about the market or assisting in sourcing properties. We have dealt with properties from Portsmouth to London, in Newcastle and everywhere between; no location is off-limits for this market.

We understand that varying levels of disability will determine the space requirements and number of staff needed. We further understand the access needs for taxis and minibuses, as well as parking for staff. We recognise the need for outside space and know safeguarding from surrounding buildings and residents is extremely important.

We have several private clients who partner with schools and provide off-market opportunities where appropriate, so please do contact us with your requirements.

To avoid missing out on opportunities we bring to market, ensure you register with us so we can keep you up to date on suitable properties. We strive to impress with our extensive knowledge in the sector and plan on providing many suitable commercial buildings for years to come.

How We Can Help

Please do get in touch if you wish to discuss this further; we specialise in:

  • Disposals by way of lease or sale of freehold or long leasehold interest of D1/F1 properties suitable for SEND & SEMH school purposes
  • Purchasing freeholds and long leaseholds of properties suitable for SEND & SEMH school purposes
  • Rentals on new leases for properties suitable for SEND & SEMH school purposes
  • Guidance on opportunities that require planning permission, and working with various suppliers to ensure the correct advice is given from the right source

Expert D2/E Commercial Property Assistance

  • We offer guidance on likely rental levels achievable should a property come to market suitable for D1/F1 use
  • We offer guidance on likely sale levels achievable should a property come to market suitable for D1/F1 use
  • We can advise on the process of renting or selling a property from start to finish, offering advice, guidance, and recommendations along the way
  • We can offer guidance in suitable properties, planning implications, lease terms, negotiating etc.
  • We can provide an up-to-date guide on market trends should you need a better understanding of the market

Please contact us for further assistance with your property search; we are always delighted to help.

At Bernard Gordon, we don’t just offer SEND & SEMH properties for sale. We are experts across the commercial property market. Browse our other properties available for sale and to let:

Property Use Class E
Property Use Class F1
Property Use F2 & Specialist Uses
Day Nursery
Health & Medical
Fitness Studio
Primary/Secondary School
SEND School
Tuition & Training

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For more information on SEND & SEMH sites for sale, contact us today!