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  • Colnbrook School
    Hayling Road
    WD19 7UY
  • Head: Kerry Harris
  • T 020 8428 1281
  • F 020 8421 5359
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  • A special state school for pupils aged from 4 to 11 with autism, learning difficulties and speech and language difficulties. 
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Hertfordshire
  • Pupils: 102
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Current Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 24th October 2013
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 12th April 2008
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Colnbrook is able to cater for and support the full spectrum of academic ability. Over the past decade, with approximately 17 leavers per year, two have been able to attend university. One recent ex-pupil is about to embark upon a...

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What The Good Schools Guide says

Colnbrook is able to cater for and support the full spectrum of academic ability. Over the past decade, with approximately 17 leavers per year, two have been able to attend university. One recent ex-pupil is about to embark upon a music degree, having received the highest grades possible on his qualifying course. His father credits Colnbrook with having given him ...


Since September 2015, Kerry Harris. BEd from Greenwich, BPhil from Birmingham, masters in special needs and inclusion from Mitchigan University, PGCE from Roehampton in teaching children with autism.


Each child in the school has a statement of special educational need. Some 50 per cent have autism spectrum disorder, 40 per cent learning difficulties and 10 per cent speech and language difficulties. A provision panel decides whether the child meets the guidelines on cognitive functioning, academic attainment...

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Special Education Needs

Colnbrook is a Primary School for children with moderate learning difficulties. At present, the school can cater for up to 80 children between the ages of 4 and 11 years with an additional 10 places in the Autism Base. At Colnbrook we aim to provide a stimulating, happy, secure educational environment for our children in order to encourage them to develop social and academic skills in accordance with each individual's ability. We aim to help our children make the most of their capabilities. We believe that children learn best when they are happy and satisfied and we make every effort to ensure that they find their work both interesting and rewarding. We believe that the children learn best when they have a positive self-image and this is only achieved through a child having successful learning experiences. Colnbrook is the first Special School in Hertfordshire to have been awarded the Basic Skills Agency's Quality Mark for its teaching of Literacy and Numeracy. It has recently become the first Special School in Hertfordshire to reach the standard for the School Self Evaluation Award. Colnbrook was judged to be an “outstanding school” by Ofsted in their report dated October 2005 Nov 09.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory Y
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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