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Combines outstanding teaching with immense care and respect for its pupils and their families – and at last has a home to complement its work. ‘I’ve never seen a child unhappy here,’ said a parent. ‘The rapport and care they...

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Swiss Cottage is a highly successful Specialist SEN School for Cognition and Learning with a national and international reputation. We cater for children with a range of complex difficulties; primarily learning, communication and physical. We are listed in Ofsted's 'Hall of Fame' after four 'outstanding' inspections and we are a Champion Investors in People Organisation. ...Read more

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What The Good Schools Guide says

Combines outstanding teaching with immense care and respect for its pupils and their families – and at last has a home to complement its work. ‘I’ve never seen a child unhappy here,’ said a parent. ‘The rapport and care they have for all the children is incredible.’ Those lucky enough to get a place echo another parent who said, ‘I feel as if I’ve won the lottery...


Since September 2016, Vijita Patel, previously vice principal. She is also on the board of the London Leadership Strategy with a focus on SEND and has contributed to DfE SEND policy reforms. She took over from Kay Bedford, principal for over 20 years, who oversaw the construction of the fabulous new school building on the Swiss Cottage site it shares with UCL Academy. This includes the Development and Research...

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Special Education Needs

All children will have learning difficulties within the moderate range as their core need (as identified by an Educational Psychologist) and one or more of the following as their secondary need/s: *Physical difficulties, which can be managed within the existing level of resourcing in each department. *Social communication difficulties, secondary to their learning difficulties. *Moderate sensory impairment. *Speech and language difficulties, over and above their global learning difficulties, and which will respond to the existing level of support available in the department. *Medical problems, which can be managed within the existing resource levels. *Emotional and behavioural problems, secondary to their other difficulties. Nov 09.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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