Information and Updates
Our Section 10 Consultation was launched Friday 7th December 2018 until 18th January 2019. The consultation was required as a part of the process of opening a new school (set out under section 10 of the Academies Act 2010). Interested parties responded to the consultation questionnaire, and the consultation summary can be found on the left side menu.
What is Capella House School?
Capella House is a new special school proposed to open 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 who have speech, language and communication difficulties and are within the average cognitive ability range.
It will be based on two sites:
Capella House Secondary Centre is proposed to open 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 (subject to further consultation and planning consent). Initially it will offer places to 14 pupils and will reach its capacity of 28 pupils aged 4 - 11 by 2022/23.
Why is a new special school needed?
There is an increase in the number of children who have speech, language and communication needs who require specialist provision. Currently, there are no special schools in Richmond or Kingston who meet the needs of these children within the average cognitive ability range; they have to travel further afield. These children and their families deserve a specialist educational setting within the local community.
What will it offer?
Capella House School will offer a specialist language-focussed environment with a collaborative, class-based approach to the delivery of speech and language therapy. It will provide specialist teaching, speech & language and occupational therapies. Class sizes will be small and will enable learners to focus on a differentiated curriculum, including aspects of the national curriculum, designed to support their individual needs. All pupils will work towards nationally recognised accreditations including GCSEs, BTECs and vocational courses.