Welcome to Kestrel House School

We are a small and friendly independent special school for pupils aged 5-16 years who have Autism, additional learning difficulties and complex needs. At Kestrel House we recognise and value pupils for their unique strengths and their contribution to our school community. We ensure that by following rigorous assessment we provide each child with an Autism friendly environment, an appropriate curriculum and Autism specific interventions to meet their needs and equip them for adult life.

Why choose Kestrel House School?

At Kestrel House we will provide your child with:

  • A specialist autism provision
  • On-site Multi Disciplinary Team including a Clinical Psychologist, Occupational Therapist, Speech and Language Therapist and a Music Therapist
  • Small class sizes in a small school

'The headteacher, staff and governors are passionate about ensuring that all pupils receive a personalised curriculum that meets their personal needs as well as securing good academic outcomes.' (Ofsted 2016)


At Kestrel House we recognise that education for our pupils needs to provide a great deal more than the National Curriculum.

At Kestrel House we aim to ensure that our pupils:

  •  Are supported to access learning opportunities in a meaningful way that takes account of their learning style and the impact of their Autistic Spectrum Disorder.
  •  Feel confident, happy and secure in themselves, their relationships and their learning.
  •  Have the right to protection from all types of harm or abuse.
  •  Develop and maximise their ability to communicate and interact socially with others.
  •  Develop their ability to think flexibly, effectively and independently.
  •  Successfully use strategies to help them manage challenges presented by their Autistic Spectrum Disorder.
  •  Reach their potential academically and work towards accreditation for their learning at the highest level possible for each individual.
  •  Have goals and aspirations for their life beyond school and are as independent as possible in their ability to achieve them.
  •  Are equipped and confident to take their place in society; able to be proactive and productive members of society, accessing opportunities   to continue learning or working.

To do this we ensure that:

  •  Pupils placed at Kestrel House are all equally valued, respected and nurtured.
  •  Staff have access to ongoing training, including regular child protection training.
  •  Pupil’s needs, including challenging behaviours, are rigorously assessed, understood and supported.
  •  Staff at Kestrel House welcome collaboration with each other, parents and outside agencies and actively seek ways to promote the best outcomes for pupils and their families.
  •  Kestrel House offers a school environment that meets the needs of pupils with Autistic Spectrum Disorders in terms of structure, resources, visual and communication support.
  •  Kestrel House offers a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum that meets the needs of pupils with Autistic Spectrum Disorders; tailored to be child centred, specialised and personalised.
  •  Kestrel House basis its practice upon current research and recognised best practice and that staff have ongoing professional development opportunities.
  •  We actively promote understanding of autism in the wider community.

Meet the Headteacher – Roz Norton

Roz Norton is an experienced SEN Leader and Autism Coordinator, with over 9 years of experience in providing the vision and leadership and management skills required to ensure a high quality of education for pupils with Special Educational Needs, including autism.

Roz worked closely with the previous Head teacher of Kestrel when she was deputy head of the school last year. She said:

“At Kestrel we understand the way that autism impacts on each child differently and find the right approach and strategy to help them move forward and progress. We recognise and value pupils for their unique strengths and contribution to our school community.”