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Corbets Tey School
Harwood Hall Lane, Corbets Tey, RM14 2YQ, UK Upminster
+44 (0)1708 225888



Corbets Tey School is a forward looking school for pupils with Complex Learning Needs.

It currently supports over 100 children and young people aged 4 – 16. The school has a very warm but purposeful atmosphere and a highly committed staff. Pupils come to the school from the London Boroughs of Havering, and Barking and Dagenham, and occasionally other areas.

Visitors to the school are very welcome.

Feel free to browse around this site. If you have comments or questions about our school and its ethos, or simply need a copy of the school prospectus or other information and want to contact us, click on the link in the Contact Us section.

Type of School

Corbets Tey School is a day school for children and young people all of whom have statements detailing particular personal educational needs. The school caters for pupils aged 4 – 16, with learning challenges of one kind or another, including autism, and a number of medical syndromes. It is a member of the school community of the London Borough of Havering.

Success for All!

The Governers and staff at the school are firmly committed to the care of the children who attend the school. Our aim to enable all pupils to achieve their maximum potential in academic, physical and moral fulfilment so that they may ultimately make their value contribution to society and in preparation for later life.

This encompasses:

  • Communication;
  • Independence and lifeskills;
  • Healthy living, and physical development;
  • Academic achievement with sensitive pressure for the highest achievement;
  • Social, moral, spiritual, cultural and environmental preparation.

The school aims to become a Centre of Excellence in support of its own pupils and the local mainstream school community.

The School aims to facilitate a child or young person’s greatest possibility for success in life. Every child matters and each should enjoy their educational learning opportunities and have maximum satisfaction from their achievements.

The leadership, management, organisation and curriculum within the school are all directed towards these aims.


Corbets Tey School adheres to the National Curriculum as laid down by the DfES and follows Schemes of Work designed to support this with specific reference to the Schools Special Needs status.

Ethos and Values

Corbets Tey School is forward looking, interested only in offering the highest possible standards of learning opportunity for its children and young people. The school is values lead, and works within a strong sense of community which includes the very closest professional partnership with parents.

“Corbets Tey is a good school with many outstanding features. The pupils love being there. They feel happy and supported and they make excellent progress in their personal development. Parents are very happy for their children to attend, knowing they will be safe, free from bullying and make good progress. Many parents commented on how their child had 'flowered' since joining the school.” (Ofsted June 2006)

Corbets Tey School is a reflective community in which leadership is empowered at all levels and opportunities are seized and maximised. We have had a successful track record in anticipating national curricula change and believe that we continue to do so.

It is very difficult to adequately express an ethos in words but all visitors to the school comment favourably on the calm purposeful atmosphere.

A parent recently said of us:
“Corbets Tey has touched the lives of all my family. The caring, understanding and relentless hard work from all the staff has rescued us from a life of torment and frustration. Children who attend this school are truly cared for. Corbets Tey School removed the threat of residential care which hung over us for so long. This school becomes part of your family and I have enormous respect for all those who work here.”

In our school we highlight the positive. We look for a child or young person’s strengths and develop those whilst at the same time being aware of a child’s needs.

We pride ourselves on our pastoral support for children and young people. The greatest concern is shown to our charges and they receive full and effective support from all.

For further details on the school, please click here to view the school profile.


The curriculum is adapted to the individual needs of each pupil.

Foundation and Key Stage 1:

Lessons are arranged around Early Learning Goals and National Curriculum with plenty of opportunities for developing communication and basic skills through play as well as structured more formal learning.

Key Stage 2 and 3:

Programmes based on National Curriculum with support for the less able. Where possibly individuals and groups will attend sessions at the local primary and secondary schools.

Key Stage 4:

A balance of the National Curriculum including Entry Level certificates. We offer a range of courses from First Skills through to GCSE covering a wide range of abilities.

Language and Communication
Holly Class (For Specialist, Intensive Learning Therapy)

Holly Class serves pupils who have severe communication difficulties that cause significant barriers to accessing a differentiated, language enriched National Curriculum.

Admission is through discussion between Class teacher, Deputy Headteacher, Parents and Educational Psychologist. Places are prioritised in terms of depth of specific pupil need.

This class focuses on a behavioural approach to teaching communication skills to children with autism and other developmental disabilities. The key objective is to motivate each child to talk and to develop functional communication skills, which will aid development of skills in all areas.

Parent training and support is an integral part of a placement in this class. Daytime training sessions enable parents to fully support, and work in partnership with, the school. Parents are encouraged, where possible, to attend a three-day introductory course in Verbal Behaviour.

Language and communication is strongly supported by the use of Makaton signs and symbols.

Subject Areas
Physical Education
Religious Education
Modern Foreign Languages


After School Clubs for Academic Year 2007/08
Leavers Club

The leavers club is open to Year10 and 11 children at the school and to young people who have left the school and moved on to further education, training or employment. It offers the opportunity to meet up with other children of a similar age to catch up on life after Corbets Tey School and to share their experiences, memories and interests. It is a club organised by the young people themselves and the agenda is set by them. It is a real social event where everyone can sit, chat and communicate in a relaxed and comfortable environment. The club operates on Monday evenings from 3.30pm to 6pm. The longer time scale is to enable leavers to travel to the school from their new placements.

Computer Club

The computer club is offered to children from different class groups on a rotation basis. The children who attend are able to use the school's computer suite and can use various software applications and the internet. The club operates on Wednesday evenings from 3.30pm to 4.30pm.

Life-Skills and Communication After School Club

The life-skills and communication club involves children in role-plays and drama performances as well as using the school’s soft play, sensory equipment facilities and playing games. Places allocated are based on a child's interests and need. A main focus of this club is to develop each child’s self-help skills. Each child has the opportunity to practice skills either on a one-to-one basis or in small groups of children. Activities include; cooking, baking, making sandwiches, making tea/coffee, sewing, threading, dressing, cleaning teeth, or any other activities that may be appropriate. This club enables children to practice skills while in a safe and structured environment, while working alongside their peers. All activities are aimed at encouraging self-help skills, self-confidence, co-operation, communication and interaction with peers and to increase social opportunities. The club operates on Thursday evenings from 3.30pm to 5pm.

Football Club

The football club is open to all children at the school with an interest in playing football. Activities include practicing football skills and the club provides opportunities for keeping active, fit and healthy.The club operates on Friday evenings from 3.30pm to 4.30pm.

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