The Avenue School

What is this page?

We are, a schools information website. This page is one of our school directory pages. This is not the website of The Avenue School.

What is Locrating?

Locrating is the UK's most popular and trusted school guide; it allows you to view inspection reports, admissions data, exam results, catchment areas, league tables, school reviews, neighbourhood information, carry out school comparisons and much more. Below is some useful summary information regarding The Avenue School.

To see all our data you need to click the blue button at the bottom of this page to view The Avenue School on our interactive map.

About The Avenue School

Name The Avenue School
Ofsted Inspections
Rachel Rai
Address Christchurch Avenue, London, NW6 7BH
Phone Number 02038294690
Phase Academy (special)
Type Free schools special
Age Range 4-19
Religious Character None
Gender Mixed
Number of Pupils 73
Local Authority Brent
Highlights from Latest Inspection

What is it like to attend this school?

All people who work in this school do so with much enthusiasm and tremendous care for every pupil.

Pupils' working relationships with adults are exemplary. Parents and carers who responded to Ofsted's survey were glowing about the school. Typically, they said that the teachers and therapists are wonderful in supporting their children's learning and development, and in supporting them as parents.

They said that their children are incredibly happy and safe and love going to school. This is reflected in the exceptionally high levels of pupils' attendance.

All leaders and staff share the same ambition to help pupils to achieve their absolute best.

They a...chieve these goals by ensuring that every pupil has all their needs identified and catered for. These include a rigorous curriculum, plus therapeutic and behavioural support. This joined-up approach is highly effective in preparing pupils for independent adult living.

The school has created a unique approach to managing behaviour. They have shared this with other special schools. It is sharply focused on helping pupils to engage positively with their work and gain the skills to socialise effectively.

As a result, there is a highly purposeful atmosphere across the school. Staff are very skilled in quickly calming any pupil who gets distressed.

What does the school do well and what does it need to do better?

The school's curriculum thinking is exceptionally well developed.

It is underpinned by expert input from the trust. It is highly ambitious and adapted to meet the needs of every child across the range of subjects. In all subjects, knowledge is broken down into tiny, well-sequenced steps.

Alongside this, leaders have created a rigorous set of assessments. Using this assessment information, staff set ambitious targets for every pupil. When pupils have gained and remembered a piece of key knowledge, teachers move them on to the next step.

All staff benefit from a rigorous programme of induction and frequent professional development. They have many opportunities to work collaboratively and share best practice. This includes working with colleagues across the trust and other special school staff.

Trust experts also play a key role in developing staff's expertise, for example training newly appointed subject leaders. This means that teachers have the skills to deliver the curriculum effectively. The speech and language therapists (SALT), occupational therapists and inclusion team all work in unison with the teaching staff.

Together they plan each pupil's targets and support plans across these domains. They always keep parents in the loop. They run several workshops to assist parents in supporting their children at home.

All sessions are videoed and available on the school's YouTube channel. As a result, children in the early years and older pupils achieve their ambitious targets.

There is also a sharp vision for the curriculum, which is to develop pupils' key life skills.

For example, in mathematics, pupils have weekly real-life opportunities to apply their knowledge. They role play real-life scenarios in the school's shop and/or cinema. They apply the mathematical skills and financial knowledge they have gained.

Front and centre of the school's work is to develop pupils' communication skills. Staff apply a wide range of strategies across the school. These include pictorials, Makaton and high-tech augmentative and alternative communication.

Right from Reception, children are taught foundations for phonics, for instance environmental sounds and singing. The SALT team work with and train staff on how to give bespoke extra support to pupils not meeting their communication targets. Pupils also have access to a wide range of books.

These include pictorial and sensory books, covering a range of genres and topics. Love of reading is promoted through staff reading to and/or with pupils throughout the day. As a result, pupils gain the vocabulary and ability to access all subjects and to express their views.

From the start of Reception, staff induct children into following routines. Across the school, staff actively encourage pupils to learn, including with rewards. Staff celebrate with pupils whenever they succeed in gaining knowledge and skills.

As a result, pupils learn to enjoy studying, and they make a big effort to achieve.

The trust's motto of `love, learn, laugh' underpins all the school's activities. The school has mapped out the enrichment activities they provide across the years and for all pupils.

Activities provided include yoga and snow skiing plus workshops run by musicians and artists in residence. 'The Avenue promise' for each age group includes a range of experiences to help prepare pupils for adulthood, such as navigating the streets safely. The school's effective careers programme starts in the early years.

It builds progressively over the year groups to prepare pupils for adulthood. There are also opportunities for older pupils to undertake work experience. Pupils in the new Year 10 class are studying bespoke accredited vocational courses relevant to their needs and interests.

Staff value the camaraderie and mutual support they share with their colleagues. They welcome the well-being initiatives leaders have introduced. They feel that their workload is reasonable.

Trustees and trust-wide staff visit the school often. They have clear oversight of all aspects of the schools' work, including that of the local academy board.


The arrangements for safeguarding are effective.

Also at this postcode
DAREManor Activities Centre

  Compare to
nearby schools