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Special Schools in Richmond

Clarendon School 

Clarendon is a day community special school for pupils aged 4-16 with moderate learning difficulties and additional complex needs (including Autism). There are places for 100 young people, usually in classes of around 12. 

The school also manages satellite provision:

  • for pupils aged 11-16 with Autistic Spectrum Disorder at The Gateway at Twickenham Academy.

Strathmore School

Strathmore School is a community special school for pupils aged 7-19 years who have severe, profound and multiple learning difficulties and Autism.

The school also has campuses in the following locations:

  • Strathmore @ The Russell School.
  • Strathmore @ St Richard Reynolds Catholic College.
  • Strathmore @ Grey Court School.


Capella House School

Capella House is a new special school which opened in September 2019 and is part of the Auriga Academy Trust. The school, based in Twickenham, will offer places to 72 pupils aged 4 - 19 pupils whose primary or main presenting needs relate to difficulties with speech, language and communication but may also have social communication needs. Although the attainment profile of pupils may be a couple of years below age related expectations they may also be represented by an uneven attainment profile across all subjects.

It will be based on two sites:

Capella House Secondary Centre (opened in September 2019 ) in Egerton Road, Twickenham.  Initially it will offer places to between 14 and 21 pupils and reach its capacity of 44 pupils aged 11 - 19 by 2022/23. This building is complete and ready for occupation.

Capella House Primary Centre is proposed to open in September 2020 in Amyand House, Amyand Park Road, Twickenham. Initially it will offer places to 14 pupils and will reach its capacity of 28 pupils aged 4 - 11 by 2022/23.


New school for pupils with Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs

A new special free school for children and young people with Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs is expected to open in 2023 at the Barnes Hospital site and will eventually accommodate up to 90 pupils aged 7 to 19 years.

Richmond Council welcomes announcement of provider for new special school (opens a new window)