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City of Peterborough Academy Special School

About Us

The City of Peterborough Special School provides 4-18 education for up to 50 pupils from Reception to Year 7 in the first year, moving to full capacity of 90 pupils by 2018. We specialise in the education of pupils who have a Statement of Special Educational Needs or EHC Plan, linked to their diagnosis of Autism, in particular high functioning Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.

The Special School opened in September 2012 in existing buildings on the old Hereward School site in Peterborough. A major capital building programme costing £13.4m, for both the Special School and the mainstream Academy, was secured to provide ‘state of the art’ buildings and facilities for pupils and staff.  The new building opened in June 2013 and is co-located with the mainstream 11-19 City of Peterborough Academy which opened for Year 7 pupils in September 2013.

I am extremely pleased that we were graded ‘good’ in our first ever OFSTED inspection after being open for four terms.

Our curriculum is designed to a high standard, comprising specialist approaches which support pupils with a range of communication and social interaction needs, as well as meeting requirements of the National Curriculum.

We are currently working towards NAS Accreditation to support our vision as a centre of excellence for educating children with ASC.

The prime focus of the Special School is to maximise the achievements of pupils which are acknowledged at secondary age by a wide range of external accreditation providers. This aspiration for achievement is matched by an equal focus on ensuring that pupils are well prepared to get the best out of life outside school and this means supporting the development of their primary needs in terms of social communication skills and confidence.  We see parents as crucial partners in their children’s education.

With my dedicated team of staff, I look forward to making this school a successful and happy place for all our pupils.                                              

This school is sponsored by the Greenwood Academies Trust which was formed in 2009 and now educates approximately 16,000 pupils across seven local authority areas including Nottingham City, Nottinghamshire, Leicester City, Northamptonshire, Peterborough, Lincolnshire and Central Bedfordshire.  

To find out more about the Trust, click here.