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The Courtyard

Deborah Shepherd, Headteacher of the Courtyard, writes:

The Courtyard vision: To offer an outstanding educational and social provision that will equip our students with the skills and experiences needed to discover and live out their potential.

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. Due to our partnership with St Mary Magdalene Academy we are able to offer a broad range of mainstream qualifications subject to an initial assessment.

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 do contact the school directly to arrange a visit.

School address

The Courtyard
St Mary Magdalene Church Gardens
Holloway Road
London N7 8LT

Tel: 0203 859 6350

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