Principal and Head of School’s Welcome

It is a pleasure to welcome you to Swiss Cottage School, Development and Research Centre, a 2-19 special needs school in the London Borough of Camden. We are committed to providing the best education for our students, passionate about providing them with meaningful learning experiences which promote their development. We focus on holistic development through a flexible curriculum which emphasises ‘Deep Learning’ by responding to each student’s point of learning. There is a range of expertise throughout this school, from our highly skilled teachers and teaching assistants to a range of teams and leaders. Together, we ensure every child’s needs are met .  Our teachers lead their class team through shared goals which are informed by parents, families, NHS Therapists, and the Multi-agency Support Team. We place this vision at the heart of an integrated provision.

We embrace a shared resonsibility for the wider population of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND). As a designated Teaching School, we work collaboratively with a network of schools and organisations to engage with research and innovation which will enhance approaches to SEND.  At the centre of this is our commitment to meaningful partnership with our parents, peers, and professional partners. We look forward to welcoming you to our provision.

Best wishes,

Vijita Patel

@PatelVijita @SwissCottageSch


I am very privileged to be the Head of School at Swiss Cottage School, Development and Research Centre.  I would like to take this opportunity to extend a warm welcome to you all. I look forward to working with you and your children as Head of School, where together we celebrate every pupil, their achievements and passion for learning.At Swiss Cottage School we see every pupil as an individual and we are committed to meeting their individual and unique needs. We want all our pupils to flourish and achieve their very best in a safe and stimulating learning environment.

Together with Multi-Agency Support Team we strive to ensure all of our pupils are well equipped and supported in developing their individual skills and abilities in a way that will positively impact their future life. We encourage our pupils to be creative, reflective and independent individuals who communicate effectively, are respectful of themselves and of others, in the local community and the wider world.Through effective collaboration and strong working partnership with parents, carers, families, therapists and professionals we know we can provide the best opportunities to our pupils to enable them to achieve their unique potential.

Best wishes,

Monika Gaweda