Our Specialist School

Pace School is an independent special school for children aged 3-16 with neurodisabilities, including cerebral palsy.

We believe in an outstanding education, for life, for all our pupils. At Pace School, skilled teams work together to deliver our unique integrated curriculum. Here, therapeutic priorities and subject-based knowledge and skills combine seamlessly to enable every child’s success.

Welcome from our Headteacher

Claire Smart Head Teacher
On behalf of the staff, students and trustees I am delighted to welcome you to Pace School.

Established in 1990, Pace is an independent special school for children aged 3-16 with neurodisabilities, including cerebral palsy. I have been Headteacher since 2016, and I have seen our school thrive thanks to our shared vision and values – which place your child at the heart of everything we do.

Our aim is for your child to leave school with a sense of their place in the world. To be able to problem solve, have a sense of agency and to develop the resilience to live a fulfilling, happy life. Our highly skilled team of therapists and teachers collaborate around your child’s unique needs, wants and abilities, to provide outstanding individualised care and support.

Your child will be supported to find their voice and make it heard. Your child’s access to the world will be developed and facilitated. We strive to ensure a level of independence and dignity which will allow your child to thrive in later life.

Pace School has consistently been graded ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted for the last five inspections, since 2006. Inspectors praise our specialist, bespoke and integrated curriculum and methodology. They recognise that, at Pace, every student has the best possible opportunity to fulfil their potential.

At Pace School, we aim to support your child by developing problem-solving skills so they can tackle challenges today and in future, teaching them to be as active and independent as possible, in all areas and providing opportunities to experience places and activities with the support of skilled staff
Your child will benefit from a nurturing, positive and dedicated environment. Our highly skilled team of therapists work closely with teachers. You and your wider family will become part of our supportive community.

We care for your child and, together, we’ll help them achieve their potential.

I would love to show you around our exceptional school, so you and your child can see for yourselves our unique values-based approach.

Claire Smart
Pace School Headteacher
“My son is so happy at Pace School. The staff are amazing and I feel safe and confident that they always have his best interests in mind.”
Pace parent
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