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  • The Holmewood School London
    88 Woodside Park Road
    N12 8SH
  • Head: Ms Lisa Camilleri
  • T 020 8920 0660
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A special independent school for boys and girls aged from 7 to 19 with high functioning autism, ADHD, and speech language and communication needs.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Barnet
  • Pupils: 45: 43 boys, 2 girls; sixth formers: 9: 8 boys, 1 girl
  • Religion: None
  • Fees: £63,000 pa
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Tucked away in Woodside Park, first impressions are of a cramped and down-at-heel building. Don’t be put off. The atmosphere is calm and friendly and you hear a lot of laughter from staff and students alike. We were struck by some original approaches. We particularly liked the ‘conversation menus’ which pupils pick up at lunchtime along with their cooked lunch, in order to provide a framework for chat and social interaction with peers and staff. Sensibly, teaching is across ability not age levels. Some very bright ones go on to…

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What the school says...

A specialist SEN school for children with high functioning autism.

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since April 2016, Lisa Camilleri BA QTS PGDip autism PGCert educational leadership, former deputy principal of NAS Radlett Lodge School, full of bright ideas and bringing wide experience. Keen on building community links and establishing an outreach and inclusion programme including training for autism teaching leaders.

Academic matters

Range of pupils is quite wide academically as you would expect in a school for high functioning autism, Asperger’s, SLCN, SpLD and 50 per cent with ADHD. Some pupils deemed unteachable before coming here and many have had multiple school failures.

Pupils work towards five GCSEs but approximately 20-30 per cent take pre-GCSE entry level certificates in English and maths instead if academic levels or anxieties preclude GCSEs. Individualised approaches help each pupil to achieve to their best level. Those taking GCSEs do so...

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Special Education Needs

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
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 Y
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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