Welcome back to the new academic year!

We are back and looking forward to our biggest and best academic year yet!

There have been lots of changes in school over the summer holidays. Firstly, check out our new installation in reception.

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Our brand new trees were designed and installed by We Are Limitless and our pupils love them!

Secondly, our pupils have a new look too! The Garden School has a brand new school uniform, proudly modelled above. We are sure you will agree it looks great! We have more order forms for uniform at reception, so if parents do need school uniform, please get in touch.

…..There is something quite unique about The Garden School

We are very proud of the feedback that we receive at The Garden, so much so that we have displayed it around the school…

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Last but by no means least, we have installed playground equipment for pupil use in our garden. It has been very well received by our pupils and below are  pictures of just some of the new equipment we have installed.

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The Garden Prom 2017

A night to remember…. The Garden prom took place at the end of June, attended by staff, families and the stars of the evening, our year 11 leavers, who were certainly dressed to impress.


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Below and above are just a few pictures from the evening. A huge thank you to everyone who helped organise our school prom and all staff who volunteered their time to ensure that our pupils had the send off they deserved.

A special thank you to Filipe Serralheiro who kindly volunteered his time to take such wonderful photos of our pupils, staff and their families.


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Art @ The Garden & MADD about Hackney

On Tuesday 27th June, The Garden School hosted another fabulous art exhibition. The exhibition was well attended and below are some examples of pieces from the exhibit. Thank you to all who attended and made the event a success.



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MADD about Hackney Creative Arts Festival

This year the Garden is once again a part of MMADD about Hackney Creative Arts Festival. ‘ The festival shows off the fantastic quality of work in the arts in schools and sixth forms across Hackney and beyond, and brings that work to the wider audience that it deserves. Our aim is to bridge the often perceived gap, between young people and schools, and the wider community.’

Pupil’s art work will be exhibited at SPACE (129–131 Mare Street, Hackney  London, E8 3RH)

Saturday, 1st of July: Art Night (is a free annual contemporary arts festival that transforms London for one unforgettable night)  Space will be open all day and evening, bar outside.

Monday, 3rd of July: Private View, 5.30 on, drinks and nibbles.

Thursday 6th of July: First Thursday, late opening, drinks and nibbles.

Autism Awareness Month

Autism Awareness Month is now over and we wanted to say a massive thank you to everybody who donated a prize to our raffle, bought a raffle ticket, sponsored our parent walk or sponsored the employees who took part in the Run Hackney half marathon.

We have so far raised £6520.00.

Sponsored Parent Walk

Our Parent 5k walk has so far helped us raise over £1800.00. Our amazing parents set off on the 26th April to raise awareness of autism and the work that our school does. Thank you to all parents who took part in the walk. Parents were due to have a picnic in the park to celebrate their achievement, but we didn’t let the bad weather put us off and instead had an indoor picnic to celebrate. Tesco kindly donated our picnic products.

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Raising Awareness at Hackney Learning Trust

During Autism Awareness Week (27th March – 2nd April 2017) our pupils and staff raised awareness by selling craft and providing information on Autism (ASD) at The Learning Trust. Our pupils provided employees and passers by with leaflets and managed fundraise at the same time!

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Run Hackney Half Marathon

On Sunday 30th April, 13 employees from The Garden School took to the streets of Hackney to complete 13.1 miles – even our Chair of Governors joined in. We’ve managed so far to raise £2950.00 and donations are beginners. All managed to finish the race in a very good time although there were some sore legs the next morning!

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Due to the high needs of our children, many families find it difficult to find  appropriate provision after school and during school holidays for their children to attend.

The money that is raised through our fundraising campaign will be used to set up a highly specialised and free after-school club. There are also plans in place to start up a subsidised provision for our pupils during the school holidays.

Its World Autism Awareness Week!

We are very excited this week to be celebrating World Autism Awareness Week! (27th—31st March 2017)

What is Autism?

Autism affects more than 1 in 100 people. Over 700,000 people in UK are autistic, which means that 2.8m people have a relative on the autism spectrum.

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them.


Why our school is a perfect environment for learners with autism

The Garden provides outstanding education and highly specialised provision for 2-16 year-olds learners with autism.
Our school offers pupils:

  • Low arousal environments
  • aaAccess to full time specialist communication support
  • Personalised learning programmes
  • Constant supervision to complete tasks and participate in activities
  • Adult support to emotionally regulate
  • One to one assistance during many activities—i.e. meal times and toileting.

The school also offers additional support and services to pupils including:

  • Additional speech and language therapy
  • Additional occupational therapy
  • Other therapies including Drama & Gardening
  • Accredited Arts program including Dance, Drama and Art
  • Parent training and support
  • Pathways to adulthood. Developing independence, community engagement and work related learning. Also developing healthy lifestyle (i.e. anti obesity program)

Early intervention and evidence based approaches that are provided by The Garden School are improving outcomes for our pupils and their families.

Fundraising and Awareness

Due to the high needs of our children, many families find it difficult to find  appropriate provision after school and during school holidays for their children to attend.

The money that is raised through our fundraising campaign will be used to set up a highly specialised and free after-school club. There are also plans in place to start up a subsidised provision for our pupils during the school holidays.

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We are hosting an Autism Awareness Raffle— top prize is a meal for two at Smith & Wollenski (worth £250.00!) and a Fortnum and Mason hamper!

Tickets are just £1 for 5 chances to win – contact gcourtney@thegarden.hackney.sch.uk

11 employees and 2 school governors are running 13.1 miles as part of the Run Hackney Half Marathon

Sponsor here: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/TheGarden

A group of our parents are taking part in a sponsored walk

Sponsor here: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/parentsof-thegardenschool

No donation is too big or small!

Awareness Activities

This week we will be raising awareness of autism and fundraising at Hackney Learning Trust – pop by to learn more about autism!

We will also be hosting a range of activities at school including assemblies, bake sales and of course – getting everyone wearing blue for autism, watch this space for pictures.

Follow us on Twitter: TheGardenN16

Top Ten Tips for AFL

Book Launch and Introductory Training Event

Led by Diane Croston and Clare Hodgson

Suitable for mainstream, special schools and other professionals.
Book launch and introductory training will be held at

The Garden, Wordsworth Road, London N16 8BZ
Wednesday 17th May
4.00 – 6.00PM

The cost per delegate is £30 which will include a copy of the publication.


Additional books will be available to purchase on the day if required.
The purpose of the publication is to provide a structure for schools to use when they are developing and sharing assessment for learning strategies.
It provides an alternative and perhaps a more practical approach to writing another policy document.
The structure has been illustrated by a group of special school practitioners who have shared their ‘Top Ten Tips’.
Whilst the examples of ‘what it looks like’ are from special schools the principles and ideas apply to any educational context.

There are nine sections in the book. Each tip has:

  • practical exemplification
  • ideas for INSET/staff training
  • references to other useful sources of information

Tel: 020 7254 8096 – Contact: Emma Willis


Please make cheques payable to Lakeside School, Lemsford Lane, Welwyn Garden City, Herts, AL8 6YN.
If you wish to pay by BACS please email Joyce Dixon at Lakeside school for details – dixon_joyce@lakeside.herts.sch.uk
Joyce is also happy to invoice your school or organisation. (each delegate will receive a copy of the publication)