Coronavirus: An Update from our School

We recognise that these are extremely challenging times for our students and their families. Caldecott School will continue to remain open and ready to provide a rich curriculum tailored to the individual needs of our students. Where families or social workers make the difficult decision to keep children at home, please be assured that our teachers will keep in regular contact, providing work and supporting you as much as we possibly can.

Wishing you all the best for continued good health,

The Caldecott School Team.


The Caldecott School is a non-maintained, special school catering for young people with a wide range of special educational needs. In October 2020, Caldecott School was awarded Autism Accreditation by the National Autistic Society. We work with pupils from Reception to Year 11. The Primary and Secondary School are based in separate buildings, and we also have a couple of satellite classrooms in Ashford and the East Midlands. Caldecott School also have a boarding provision on the school site.

Governors, senior leaders and all staff teams work tirelessly to provide a safe, stimulating and nurturing learning environment which allows the pupils to achieve their full potential. In helping children build a future, we are committed to developing support networks and strategies that young people will require, in today’s society.

Through a personalised curriculum offer, underpinned by a holistic approach to therapeutic interventions, we support every learner by removing barriers to learning.

Our approach supports improvements in pupil’s behaviour and builds the life-skills and prepares them for adulthood. All transitions – be that moving between a key stage, re-integration to a new school or transition to college – are carefully supported. Careers (Pathways to Adulthood) is a focus for all Primary and Secondary classes at Caldecott School.

We are proud of the outcomes that the learning community achieves at Caldecott School achieves. Our School Council meets regularly and play a valuable part in school development. The School Council listen to the views and ideas of the pupils and feed these back to the School Leadership Team.

Mission Statement

Every member of the Caldecott Team understands that it is their duty to keep the pupils, their colleagues and themselves safe. All stakeholders aim to give pupils their best education possible. They uphold the values of our school and work as a team, using their skills and talents to benefit others. Everyone shows they care for each other; there is no discrimination and religious and cultural differences are embraced.

Our pupils will be presented with and motivated to engage in a rich and broad curriculum to develop skills so, that in the future, they are responsible, caring and active members of their communities. Caldecott School pupils know that we need to value and care for our local environment and the whole eco system of planet Earth.

Information for Parents

This website ( has pages for all Caldecott uniform to be purchased online direct. There will be a sensory line of clothing added when it is available to us.

Parents can still buy your own items as before, but the hoodies and sweatshirts are all now online. Should you have any questions, please contact Sue Dashwood at the secondary school.

Vision and Values

Together, the staff teams at the Caldecott School are helping children with a variety of complex social, emotional, and mental health needs and communication difficulties needs build a future.

  • Relationships
    Through conversations and actions we build and model relationships that impact on each pupil.
  • Communication
    “The most important thing in communication is hearing the unsaid” Peter Drucker

    We take that one step further and teach how to voice the unsaid.
  • Resilience
    Learning ways to have the inner strength to keep going through the struggles life sends and believe in yourself. Each day is a new day having learnt from the last.


Robust and effective arrangements for Safeguarding and child protection are in place across the school. Staff follow clear policies and procedures and are vigilant to ensure that the welfare, health and safety of all our pupils are given the highest priority.

Governors, senior leaders (including those with designated responsibilities for safeguarding) and staff are fully trained. This includes the use of physical intervention, administration of first aid and the management of risk across the school.

“Safeguarding of pupils and the school’s work to promote pupils’ emotional well-being are very effective.” Ofsted, March 2017

Autism Spectrum Conditions

Autism (or ASC) is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people.  It also affects how that person makes sense of the world around them.

Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC) is the name for a range of similar conditions – so while all people with ASC share certain difficulties, their condition will affect them in different ways.  People with ASC may also experience over-or-under-sensitivity to sounds, touch, tastes, smells, light or colours.

At the Caldecott School, we have two ASC leaders who support the teaching staff in creating ASC friendly spaces.  The pupils are supported to achieve academically and socially through tailored lessons; understanding and educated staff; and an environment conducive to their needs.  Our ASC classrooms meet sensory needs using low-stimulus with carpeted and adapted, well-labelled structured areas.  Provision is always reviewed and updated in response to the developmental changes of the pupil.

All members of staff provide individualised planning to meet each pupil’s specific learning needs in relation to four core areas:


  • social and emotional needs
  •  language and communication
  •  flexibility of thought
  • sensory processing needs

The ASC Leaders, a Clinical Psychologist and a team of therapists support our pupils, staff and families in relation to ASC.  Our aim is to:

  • Support teachers to enable them to raise attainment and progress for students with ASC by demonstrating and sharing good practice.
  • Analyse the functions of behaviour and identify effective strategies to implement at home and school.
  • Develop a holistic approach in meeting all the needs of the student, including their sensory needs.
  • Support families/carers/guardians with educational, social and leisure needs.
  • Work collaboratively with families and professionals from other disciplines in meeting individual needs.
  • Provide bespoke training for staff and parents within the School to enable full support of our pupils.

By providing ASC friendly environments and tailoring our lessons and strategies to each individual, we are creating the best learning opportunities for our pupils and preparing them for their future.

Therapeutic Approach

A range of therapies is a central and integrated aspect of our offer and is provided on an individual, group and sometimes whole-class basis. Therapy is an essential driver of pupils’ progress and is organised in accordance with pupils’ Progress Plans and Education, Health & Care Plans. Our therapists are fully qualified and experienced professionals who work collaboratively and seamlessly with teaching & support colleagues to maximise impact on improving pupils’ social, emotional & mental health.

Whilst we employ or commission all our therapy services directly, we work with the multitude of agencies in as joined-up, efficient and effective a way as possible. This includes local authority SEN & EHC teams, NHS colleagues and social care services

Our therapy offer includes:

Learning & Progress

We offer a personalised curriculum model that is broad, balanced and relevant to the stage of learning of each pupil. Termly projects provide opportunities for pupils to access core subjects, develop skills for life and experience vocational alternatives to the traditional academic subjects. Throughout the year teachers will provide enrichment activities linked directly to the specific topic.

Therapy is woven into this curriculum model, which is also underpinned by a ‘values based approach’, whilst pupils are given every opportunity to develop their spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding and gain a deeper understanding of British values, preparing them for life outside of school in a diverse and modern Britain.

Pupil Outcomes

  • Year 11 Qualifications
  • Qualifications achieved against total number of qualifications entered for Qualifications
  • All KS 2/3 pupils were identified as working towards their individual Education, Health and Care Plan Targets at 'Expected Level Or Above.' 48% of KS 2/3 pupils were working towards/achieving one or more Education, Health and Care Plan Targets at 'Good Level or Above' KS1, KS2 & KS3


The Caldecott School’s residential boarding provision, Garden House, offers weekday boarding and education for children from the age of 7 to 16 years. Our Primary and Secondary schools are just a short walk from the home.

Garden House

We are delighted that you may be considering our 38 week therapeutic residential special school for your child and welcome you to Garden House.

We know that the right placement really can help children to thrive. Our school and residential boarding staff have persistently high expectations for children and what they can achieve: our aim is to give children both a great education, along with the specialist support to meet their individual needs. We want your child to feel as though Garden House is a home from home, and that they can look forward to making new friends and having lots of fun.

The children are cared for by experienced, dedicated house parents with an excellent team of tutors, nursing staff and qualified teachers.

We also provide Forest School programmes for our young people and have fully trained Level 3 Forest School practitioners who are able to offer opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment.

Our therapeutic staff are supported by our own in house:

Clinical Psychologist
Occupational Therapists
Art Therapist
Speech and Language Therapist
Music Therapist

Ofsted comments: “Residential pupils enjoy their boarding experience, the structure and routines, together with committed staff who enjoy their company, provide a warm, friendly and supportive environment. Residential pupils are seen to be relaxed in the company of staff and there is an ease of communication and mutual respect – pupils report feeling safe and secure living in the boarding provision.”

The children are part of our extended family and their voice is of utmost importance to us. Pupils are supported and guided with much patience and care. Your child will be given many opportunities to develop their talents and learn new skills whilst benefiting from an enriching and happy environment.

Please come and visit us, we would be proud to show you around our Garden House home along with our Primary and Secondary schools provisions. Join our House Parents and Therapists for a coffee morning and get to know us.

If you’d like to discuss a potential placement at Garden House please click here