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Clarendon School is a day special school for 140 pupils aged 4-16yrs with learning difficulties (usually within the moderate range) and additional complex needs. The school is part of the continuum created to meet special educational needs within the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. The ethos of the school reflects the importance that we place on academic, social and emotional development.

Our emphasis is on developing individual potential whilst fostering caring and positive attitudes. Students participate in a full range of academic and social activities, and follow all the subjects of the National Curriculum. Clubs to suit all interests are organised after school at the Secondary Centre.

We have a team of staff that provide additional therapy sessions: speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, behaviour support, music therapy, counselling, art therapy and family therapy, all of which contribute towards individual student development


The Gateway Centre aims to offer its students an individual curriculum, with access to the breadth of subjects, both within the adjacent mainstream school and with the centre. In addition, the Gateway Centre addresses student’s needs arising from both their autism and any additional learning needs. This allows our students to experience all aspects of school life, whilst fulfilling their academic potential.

The philosophy of The Gateway Centre is to prepare our students for a life in which they are able to participate in and contribute to society, living as independently as possible, with meaningful employment and relationships.

We believe that the first step in this process is inclusion in mainstream school life and that this can be achieved by educating the school community about the strengths and difficulties of our students and by helping our students develop social skills, relationships and strategies which build confidence and resilience.  We work with the mainstream school staff, delivering in-service training, leading assemblies and working at an individual level to ensure a personalised understanding of our student needs.  This is all supported by working individually with our young people to help them develop social skills and self-awareness through group and one to one sessions.  We are constantly looking to add to what we provide to increase the effectiveness of our practices.

Auriga Academy Trust

The Auriga Academy Trust was established on 1st October 2016.  The trust currently comprises of three separate and distinct special academies:

Clarendon School (with The Gateway Centre)

Strathmore School

Capella House Free School

Clarendon School is a community special school for 140 pupils aged 4-16yrs with learning difficulties, usually within the moderate range, many of whom have additional complex needs, including autism.  The school manages an off-site provision called The Gateway Centre, which is for 20 pupils aged 11-16yrs, co-located with Twickenham School.

Strathmore School is a community special school for 100 learners aged 4-19yrs with complex learning difficulties.  60% of pupils have an additional diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) or have additional physical and sensory disabilities.

Capella House Free School, will eventually cater for 72 pupils aged 4-19yrs who have speech, language and communication needs, including autism. Capella House opened its Secondary Centre in September 2019, with its Primary Centre in September 2021, and is projected to be full by September 2023.

The Auriga Academy Trust is founded on the vision that, through working together, we can provide outstanding learning experiences for the pupils and students in our communities, both now and in the future