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  • Swiss Cottage School
    80 Avenue Road
    NW8 6HX
  • Head: Vijita Patel
  • T 020 7681 8080
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  • W www.swisscotta…
  • A special state school for pupils aged from 2 to 19 with complex learning, communication and physical difficulties
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Camden
  • Pupils: 234
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 2
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 2
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 2
    • 1 Short inspection 3rd May 2017
    • 2 Full inspection 30th January 2014

    Short inspection reports only give an overall grade; you have to read the report itself to gauge whether the detailed grading from the earlier full inspection still stands.

  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 12th March 2010
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

‘I’ve never met such happy staff – so dedicated, so gentle, so kind,’ said one parent. ‘My daughter has blossomed,’ said another. When we visited, the school team had recently come second in their heat of the London-wide Panathlon Challenge, competing in sports including athletics, polybat (akin to table tennis), boccia, new age kurling, wheelchair slalom and wheelchair football. Those lucky enough to get a place echo another parent who said, ‘I feel as if I’ve won the lottery...

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What the school says...

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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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 Centre on the top floor, which hosts a range of national and international conferences, courses and workshops on topics such as neuroscience, mental health and special educational needs. The school is a Teaching School and leads an alliance of mainstream and special schools, and other organisations including the Tavistock Clinic, the Institute of Education, UCL and the Central School of Speech and Drama. The latest...

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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
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
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
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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