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  • Centre Academy
    92 St John's Hill
    SW11 1SH
  • Head: Natalia Ambridge
  • T 020 7738 2344
  • F 020 7738 9862
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  • A special independent school for pupils aged from 8 to 19 with specific learning difficulties including dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia; mild autism spectrum disorders; ADD and complex processing difficulties
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Wandsworth
  • Pupils: 49
  • Religion: Not Applicable
  • Fees: £39,000 - £40,998 pa
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review

What says..

Pupils say school 'encourages you to explore what you like to do' and to 'live up to your potential'. Several said they were now 'less shy' and 'more confident around people'. All pupils we spoke to agreed that it was better here than their last schools - and this is from pupils who, on the whole, dislike change. There is some outside contact between pupils at birthday parties and at holidays, but with such a small cohort it is limited: this might suit a child who is not too concerned about a…

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Mathematics (Numeracy) at an English Independent School (Functional Skill at Entry Level)

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Head of school

Since 2013, Natalia Ambridge BA PGCE MA (40s). Started in publishing, trained as a teacher and worked for six years at Bedford Prep. Since 2013 has been head at Centre Academy and on the governing board for both Centre Academy schools. Original degree in philosophy and theology which she taught as an option last year at school and is currently studying for a doctorate in education. Cool, calm, executive style with an elegance appreciated by students ('you look smart, Miss'). She has brought about some changes to staffing and is keen to broaden the curriculum as much as possible whilst looking for programmes leading to qualifications suited to the broad range of abilities at the school - she has brought in ASDAN, which allows each pupil to leave with a skills-based qualification...

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Special Education Needs

London's Centre Academy, one of the most unique schools in the UK, enables students with various learning difficulties to reclaim their futures. We do so by teaching the skills and coping strategies that students with Dyslexia, ADD, ADHD, Dyspraxia and other learning challenges require in order to succeed. With exceptionally small classes (usually 6 or 7 students), significant one-to-one instruction and dedicated and experienced faculty members, Centre Academy makes it possible for its students to work to their fullest potential. Following testing and evaluation, we design a programme of instruction tailored to meet the student's individual needs. Equally unique is the curriculum or rather, the fact that the School offers both the British National Curriculum through GCSE and the traditional American High School Diploma. By offering both systems, we are able to cater to the strengths of the individual student rather than being limited to a 'one size fits all' approach. English and Maths form the core of a student's studies. Other areas involve the Humanities, Science, ICT, Art, Drama, Music, PSHE, Citizenship, and in most instances, Foreign Languages (Spanish and French). Individual counselling, speech & language therapy, and occupational therapy are available. We also offer an after-school Homework club and a range of extra-curricular activities. GCSE students have a 100 percent record of acceptance to sixth form and other colleges. Diploma students regularly receive unconditional offers to some of the finest universities in the UK and the US (including Edinburgh, Aberdeen, London, Plymouth, Essex, Hull, to name but a few). With so much emphasis on the individual, Centre Academy must of necessity remain small. The co-educational student body of 70 (ages 7-19) views itself as a community, and the family atmosphere adds to the sense of caring and nurturing. Nov 09.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia Y
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
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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