Thriftwood School

Thriftwood School and College is an academy.

Category of need:

Thriftwood School and College have provision to meet the needs of pupils with moderate learning difficulties including such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Global Developmental Delay.

Age range:

Thriftwood School and College provides provision to pupils aged 5 to 13 with an EHC plan.

More information about SEND at Thriftwood School:

Thriftwood School publishes a SEND Information Report on their website. The link is below.

Thriftwood School offers programmes including English and Maths, Science, Art, Cooking and Outdoor Learning in the form of Forest School.  The school is committed to the ‘Preparation for Adulthood’ agenda and will ensure that learning in the school setting will facilitate the development of work-related skills throughout the curriculum and particularly through the Way to Work programme.

The school is a single storey building and is situated in lovely grounds. It has an outdoor gym, age appropriate climbing equipment for older students, a wildlife area and playground equipment for younger learners.  Students are encouraged to be healthy, to participate in exercise and to develop the skills to talk about their views and feelings.

Many learners at Thriftwood School progress to forms of Entry Level/Functional Skills accreditation and at Year 9 will begin to consider their future interests for employment and future education.

Thriftwood School is funded on a model that maintains class sizes at 12 students with an adult ratio of two and a half adults per class. It is anticipated that the students joining Thriftwood School would progress to the College provision at the end of Year 9.


Operational locations

  • Chelmsford