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.


Meet the Head teacher – Lorna Bailey

Kestrel House’s head teacher Lorna Bailey is experienced in both mainstream and special needs education and joined us from West Lea School in Enfield.

A passionate educator, she has led on assessment, collaborating with head teachers of special schools in the area, with particular focus on Life after P Levels.

Lorna is NPQH qualified and committed to supporting students and staff to get the best opportunities to grow and add to their skills.

She made the transition into special needs teaching so that she widen her expertise in supporting children to make continued progress despite the additional challenges they may face.

She is driven to develop teacher skills and confidence in assessing the smaller steps in progress that ASD learners make and in celebrating their achievement.

This determination to help children and young people succeed and achieve their goals and aspirations, is reflected throughout her staff team at Kestrel House.

Drawing on her experience with students with the condition, Lorna is committed towards making the school a provision that leads on autism.

She is keen to inspire the students to enjoy learning every day and experience new things.

By developing robust links with families, Lorna is looking forward to strengthening the wider Kestrel House community.

Why choose Kestrel House School?

At Kestrel House we will provide your child with:

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

'Staff understand each pupil’s unique and complex needs. They use this knowledge to plan bespoke activities that engage and motivate pupils in their learning.' (Ofsted 2019)


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 on-going 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 on-going professional development opportunities.
  •  We actively promote understanding of autism in the wider community.