Welcome from the Principal

SimonIt is my privilege to welcome you to Parkwood Hall Cooperative Academy. We are a specialist day and residential school for children and young people aged 8-19 who have moderate to severe learning difficulties and autism. Many of our pupils have additional needs including ADHD, Downs Syndrome and language difficulties. All our pupils have Education, Health and Care Plans so all our referrals come via different local authorities across London and the South East, including Kent.

We are extremely fortunate in having an amazing site where the children can access our seventy-eight acres of green and woodlands. We have a Forest School on site as well as purpose-built playground areas and sports areas. Our music and performing arts form an important part of our offer: we have a steel band as well as a Makaton Choir. Our Cooperative Values are important to us especially honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others. They underpin the way we do things at Parkwood Hall. We are committed to providing a learning environment and learning pathway that enables all our pupils to achieve the best they can and help prepare them for adult life so they can live as independent a life as possible.

We have created our own bespoke curriculum which is differentiated to each pupil’s individual learning needs. We aim to make our curriculum engaging, relevant and exciting. The school is zoned in areas to accommodate Learning Pathway One which provides a pre-formal curriculum and Learning Pathway Two which provides a formal curriculum environment. The school also has a sixth form zone for post 16 students where the curriculum is about preparing for adult life with pupils focusing on core skills and independent living skills as well as work related learning.

We have a highly skilled team of professionals including teachers, teaching assistants, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, school nurse and residential staff. Our team work together positively to enable the absolute best outcomes for our pupils, who always remain at the heart of all we do.

Visits to Parkwood Hall are available and are arranged in advance of 1 per full-term.  Please click the link to view dates and book yourself on to a tour - School Calendar - Parkwood Hall Co-operative

Thank you for your interest in Parkwood Hall Cooperative Academy and I hope our website gives you a flavour of our school community, its values and ethos.

We look forward to meeting you soon.


Simon Collins