The Courtyard

The Courtyard School is a free school for pupils with special educational needs. The pupils who attend the school have a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder and/or speech, language and communication needs.

We provide a personalised education for up to 36 pupils, aged 14-18. Each pupil who attends the school follows an individual curriculum depending on a number of factors, which include academic ability, social and communication skills and strengths.

Our philosophy is to provide a high staff to pupil ratio in order to support the individual needs of the pupils that attend the school.

We are also able to offer a therapeutic element to the curriculum, through our links with CAMHS, the Local Authorities Educational Psychology team and Integrated Services Speech and Language Therapists. All pupils are provided with a keyworker to oversee all their pastoral needs.

Enrichment opportunities support our commitment to support the pupils in developing their social and communication skills. We currently offer film club, drama workshops, Modern Foreign Languages, yoga and chess. The pupils can also be supported to access the enrichment programme offered at the Academy.

The aspiration for all pupils is to access the highest level of qualification possible whilst also equipping them with the skills to be able to live and work independently.

Please contact the school directly to arrange a visit.

Courtyard admissions

Places are available for pupils aged 14-18 and can be applied for through your local authority SEN department. We accept applications from pupils wishing to join in key stage 4 and also in key stage 5. Parents/carers wishing to make an application must complete a common application form (CAF), which can be obtained from your local authority, naming the Courtyard School as your chosen provision.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Deborah Shepherd, Headteacher
020 3859 6350 020 3859 6350
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Name of venue
The Courtyard
St Mary Magdalene Church Gardens
Holloway Road
N7 8LT

Other Details

Can I refer myself?
Referral required
Referral Details

It is usually necessary to carry out a detailed investigation to find out exactly what a child's special educational needs are and what extra help they may need before a special school place is considered. This process is called a Education, Health and Care assessment.

It is only necessary if the child's school or education setting cannot provide all the help that a child needs, or if a child is identified as having severe disabilities at a very early age.

A parent, school or education setting can ask the local authority to carry out a statutory assessment. The local authority will consider information about the child's progress at school, advice from other professionals who support them and the parents views.

Find further information on the Education, Health and Care assessment.

Local Offer

How will you support my child?

Further SEND information can be found in The Courtyard School SEND Information Report.

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