It is a pleasure to welcome you to Swiss Cottage School, Development and Research Centre, a community-maintained special needs school in the London Borough of Camden. We are committed to providing the best education. Our school community is passionate and create innovative learning opportunities to promote holistic development.

We are in a specialist school building designed by experts and architects through the Department for Education's 'Building Schools for the Future' initiative. Our teams have worked hard to design and embed our research-informed 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, CAMHS professionals, and the Multi-agency Support Team. We place this vision at the heart of an integrated provision that values the power of partnerships and collaboration. 

Our mission across the 2023-2024 academic year is focused on supporting the inclusion of our pupils and their families across the wider community. We are launching a second location for our new Sixth Form provision directly in the local community. We have formal partnerships for this academic year to enhance the role of our pupils within the local community, and to equally bring the world into the classroom through a whole school immersive technology.  We are continuing our work with key organisations through our Centre of Excellence to develop inclusion in mainstream schools, train future teachers, support the professional development of educators, and collaborate on research initiatives. 

We share a range of information about our school through this accessible website. Contact us if you are interested in learning more about the school provision, connecting with our community, or working together. Together we can shape the inclusive society we all seek.

Vijita Patel    
Principal and National Leader of Education   @PatelVijita    @SwissCottageSch



Ofsted Inspection 2023: 7th consecutive ‘Outstanding’
EdTech50 School
World Education Week: 1 of 100 Global Showcase Schools 2020
International Teacher Tech Summit: Special Educational Needs Showcase 2021 and 2022
Apple Distinguished Schools Status 2021


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