Clarendon is the Richmond upon Thames Local Authority day special school for pupils with complex learning difficulties. The school is currently located in Hampton and has 100 pupils. Clarendon also manages the Newhouse Centre, the Richmond provision for 23 secondary aged pupils with social, emotional and mental health difficulties, also currently based in Hampton.
A brand new, purpose built building will provide facilities and teaching spaces specifically designed for the particular needs of the school’s cohort, including those with autism. The new school will have 115 Key Stage 3 and 4 pupils (including 25 from the Newhouse Centre).
Being co-located on the Campus with a mainstream secondary school and the College will provide opportunities for inclusion for students to and from each setting, and improved transition arrangements post-16. It will also allow access to shared facilities and improved opportunities for sharing staff expertise between settings.
A Twickenham location will allow far better access to transport links. This is fundamental to our goal of fostering the independence of the school’s pupils and reducing their reliance on Special Educational Needs school transport. The new location will also provide the school with the opportunity for much improved community links, with the Campus partners and nearby town centre. This will allow closer co-operation with commercial, retail and office-based businesses for work experience and the school’s life-skills/independence programme.
Access to the wider Campus’ purpose built facilities will also help build on Clarendon School’s existing strengths including sport and the performing arts.
For more information about Clarendon School, go to: www.clarendon.richmond.sch.uk
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