Swiss Cottage School - Development & Research Centre

Primary & Secondary
Post 16
Special school
80 Avenue Road
London
NW8 6HX
02076818080
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Pupils
245
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Ages
2 - 19
Gender
Gender
Mixed
Building
Type
Community special school
Mr ofsted
4 1 1 2 3 4
NATIONAL AVG. 2.06
Ofsted Report
(3/5/17)
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There have been substantial changes in the school’s provision since the previous inspection. It now has a sixth form, which opened in November 2012 when the school moved from a period of using temporary sites across Camden to purpose-built accommodation on its original site. This was part of the Building Schools for the Future project. The nature of the school’s intake has also changed, mainly as the result of the closure of another special school in the borough in August 2012. There are now significantly higher numbers of pupils with profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD) and autistic spectrum disorders (ASD). The school continues to provide for pupils with moderate learning difficulties (MLD), severe learning difficulties (SLD), behavioural, emotional and social difficulties (BESD) and speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). In addition, many have a range of further complex needs. In April 2012, the school was designated as a Teaching School and in October of the same year it opened its Development and Research Centre, which has a local, national and overseas remit. Currently, the large majority of pupils are boys. There are similar proportions of pupils from White, Asian British (mainly Bangladeshi) and Black or Black British (mainly African) backgrounds. A few are from mixed backgrounds. A majority are from homes where English is not the home language. All pupils have a statement of special educational needs. The proportion of pupils at the school eligible for the pupil premium, which provides additional government funding to support pupils known to be eligible for free school meals, children in local authority care and children from service families, is well above the national average. Currently, there are very few in local authority care and no pupils from service families. The school is divided into lower, middle and upper schools, all with their own separate areas. Most classes within the schools are organised by learning needs rather than by age. Pupils new to the school are usually admitted in September but there are also admissions throughout the year. A group of Year 11 pupils attends for one half day weekly the College of North West London.

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