The best of both worlds...


Vale School is an all age (2-16yrs) day special school for pupils with physical disabilities and associated special educational needs. The majority of pupils live in Haringey but we also have pupils and consider admissions from other London boroughs.

The range of pupils’ needs is diverse and complex, with a variety of physical and sensory impairments, medical conditions, learning difficulties, developmental delay, communication difficulties and emotional and behavioural needs. In order to meet those needs most effectively, the provision is also diverse. For example, pupils who are able to access a mainstream curriculum with the addition of specific support may attend our Inclusion Scheme, whereas a child with complex needs may attend the Primary Department where there is more intense small group teaching, with inclusion opportunities. Pupils from both Primary provisions move onto our Secondary Department as well as other pupils who move into the Local Authority or need a special school provision, so a programme is tailored for each individual pupil ranging from specialist teaching to full mainstream inclusion.

Provision is based on four mainstream school sites. Our main primary department is co-located with Lancasterian Primary School, and at Belmont Infant School and Belmont Junior School we have two inclusion schemes. Our secondary department is co-located with Northumberland Park Community School. This model facilitates the best practices of a special school and the opportunities, experiences and challenges of mainstream provision, providing inclusion opportunities for all pupils. It has provided the blueprint for a number of local authorities when undertaking a reorganisation of their special provision and has been adopted by Haringey for the development of its other special schools.

The very carefully planned and tailored teaching and managed therapy, medical interventions and programmes necessary for the pupils’ diverse needs are delivered very effectively by a multidisciplinary staff team. Teachers, special needs assistants, nursery nurses, support staff, school nurse, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, dieticians, swimming instructor and a variety of other health, education and social care professionals identify shared pupil goals and strategies, delivering a co-ordinated and coherent service to the pupils and their families.


We hope that you find our website informative and useful. However, there is nothing like a visit to the school itself to get a feel of what we are really like. Do please contact us to arrange a visit.

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