The Pears Family School

The Family School Alternative Provision Free School specialising in providing
short and long-term placements for students with complex needs.

Free Schools are independently managed, schools funded by the government. They are run on a not-for-profit basis and the governing body sets its own admission criteria.

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  • DfE Code: 206/1112
  • Number of places available in school: 24

The Family School is a different type of school that provides opportunities for young people who currently present as unsuited or unable to meet the demands of mainstream school provision.  It is our conviction that many of these children have tremendous latent potential that an innovative school will nurture and release for the benefit of the wider society. 

These children need early and sustained intervention to ensure that in
the first instance they are not permanently excluded from school or, where they have already been excluded, to ensure their return to full time appropriate provision is rapid and sustained.

The Family School will enable its pupils to:

  • progress academically;
  • improve their challenging behaviours;
  • recover their psychological and emotional well-being; and
  • gain resilience

so that they continue with full-time education and return successfully to their mainstream school.

The Family School has been developed through a new collaboration between the Anna Freud Centre and the former heads of a family education centre in Westminster, Neil Dawson and Brenda McHugh.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Matthew Hillman, Headteacher
0203 693 4911 0203 693 4911
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4-8, Rodney Street
N1 9JH

Time / date details

Opening times/date
The school day is organised depending on the needs of the child.

Other Details

Can I refer myself?
Referral required
Referral Details

It is usually necessary to carry out a detailed investigation to find out exactly what a child's special educational needs are and what extra help they may need before a special school place is considered. This process is called a Education, Health and Care assessment.

It is only necessary if the child's school or education setting cannot provide all the help that a child needs, or if a child is identified as having severe disabilities at a very early age.

A parent, school or education setting can ask the local authority to carry out a statutory assessment. The local authority will consider information about the child's progress at school, advice from other professionals who support them and the parents views.

Find further information on the Education, Health and Care assessment.

Local Offer

How will you support my child?

Further SEND information can be found in the Family School's School SEND Information Report.

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