Headteacher’s Welcome
 \  Headteacher’s Welcome

Dear Parents

I am proud to introduce Edith Kay Independent School, a specialist school for young people aged between 14-19. The official opening of Edith Kay and our preliminary Ofsted visit, represented the culmination of a year’s work for a team of dedicated SEN leaders who have built their careers over many years within the field of special and inclusive education.

At Edith Kay, we warmly welcome learners with special educational needs. We strive to offer a holistic and nurturing curriculum that will challenge, enrich and motivate our young people whilst instilling a lifelong love of learning.   Our ethos is clear – ‘We find and nurture each young person’s unique spark’.

We prepare our young people for an enriched future, where they can experience success and where they can contribute positively to society.

It takes a Village to Raise a Child

At Edith Kay Independent School, our leadership team is comprised of SEN practitioners with strong backgrounds in school improvement, leadership and governance. We felt strongly that a provision like this was needed here in Brent to support our young people and our community. In fact, we want our school to be at the very heart of the local community.

We are a small, nurturing school for learners with EHCP’s. All of the learners here at Edith Kay will have barriers to learning which may have prevented them from engaging fully in mainstream schooling. My team caters for a range of special educational needs, including ASD, SEMH, anxiety, ADHD, attachment difficulties, challenging behaviour and specific learning difficulties. We also have particular expertise in supporting learners who are, or who have been, in care. We strive to re-engage pupils with the process of learning and to rebuild their confidence where the journey so far has been a rough one.

Local authorities may refer young people with EHCPs throughout Key stages 4 and 5 to Edith Kay. We offer bespoke education for learners in a range of innovative ways.  We also work in partnership with many mainstream schools, supporting them to help keep young people on roll who are at risk of losing their places.  In addition, we offer various respite packages tailored around the needs of the young person and their school. We welcome enquiries from families, schools, external agencies, organisations or young people directly. We are happy to arrange visits so that our facilities can be viewed.

We have also successfully created a platform for parents and carers who are struggling to support their young people at home.  We meet on a termly basis to offer guidance as well as signposting them to outreach services and professionals who can offer longer term support and advice.

All staff are here are subject to an enhanced DBS check.   We work very closely with other professional services involved in a young person’s care to form a team around child to achieve the best possible outcomes.

Our DFE registration number is 304/6006.

At Edith Kay, I speak for my entire team when I say that we aim to never give up on a young person or their family, regardless of how challenging or complex their personal circumstances may be.

I am very proud of our school and I hope you will be too.

Louise McLaughlin