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The Garden School

Wordsworth Road,
N16 8BZ
E-mail: admin@
Telephone: 020 72548096


Who we are:

The Garden School is an Ofsted Outstanding Special School in Hackney taking children aged 2-16 years old. 

All pupils at the school have a diagnosis of autism (ASD)


Admission into the Garden school

The Garden school is suitable for robust and mobile children and young people with a diagnosis of Autism who have severe learning difficulties.

These pupils are able to benefit from the highly specialist nature of the provision which includes:

  • A bespoke curriculum which addresses the core challenges of students who have Autism ie difficulty with social communication, flexible thinking and understanding and regulating emotions.
  • Specialist pedagogical and assessment strategies which address the learning and communication needs of this group of students eg TEACCH, PECS, SCERTS, Attention Autism and Intensive Interaction.
  • A tailored learning environment which includes highly structured and low arousal classroom spaces and a total communication approach.

The attainment of both primary pupils and those on entry to secondary is in most cases assessed as being between P4 and P8 on the P scales.

Admission to the school is through the statutory assessment process whereby The Garden School is named on a Child’s Education. Health and Care plan. 

The school is unlikely to be suitable for students:

  • who have a meaningful use of spoken language
  • who have profound learning difficulties and require a more sensory based curriculum and teaching approaches to support their learning and communication needs
  • who require a language rich setting in which there are many opportunities for social interaction with peers
  • who have other special educational needs for example; physical disability, medical needs, or sensory impairment


The Garden School Hackney - School SEN information report - 2018-19

Record Last Updated on: 20/02/2019

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