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Alexandra - Yesterday & Today
 
 
Alexandra - Yesterday and Today

Alexandra School is set within a park and an ecology site and has its own school field and outside play areas. Security is a priority and the whole site is fenced. The school is close to Rayners Lane Tube station and Alexandra Avenue, the main A312, runs past the end of the school drive.

Alexandra School was opened in 1975 as a special school for children aged 5 to 15. In September 1996, following Harrow’s review of special school provision, Alexandra and Shaftesbury schools were realigned as primary and secondary schools respectively. A couple of years later, in September 1998, Alexandra increased its provision for local children by opening a mainstream nursery, housed in a light and modern extension to the school building.

There followed a period of transition and development but by 1999, when the school was inspected by Ofsted, Alexandra was described as a good school with many strengths – including the quality of teaching, the high standard of pupil behaviour and the teamwork between the teaching and non teaching staff. The school was inspected again in June 2005 and most recently in July 2008. On both of these occasions the school was judged to be outstanding, the highest standard that OFSTED can award. Please see the Ofsted report for more details.

Over the years Alexandra has been modernised and developed. Excellent facilities are just as important in a special school as in any other educational setting. Classrooms are bright and cheerful and we have specialist areas for Information Technology, PE, Food Studies and Music. School dinners are eaten in a large school hall, which has retractable stadium seating for assemblies and school productions. The staff and children are proud of the school environment. Throughout the school you will see children's work displayed and you will notice how well the children care for the school and its grounds.

In September 2006, we opened an autistic specific provision, The ASE Place (Autism Specific Environment). For three years The ASE Place was housed in a Portakabin extension to the main school, which provided a self-contained and purpose-built learning environment for two classes, each containing five children.

Then in the summer of 2009, the decision was made to close Alexandra Nursery. Although we were sad to see the Nursery go, this provided us with an opportunity to extend our autistic provision, relocating the ASE Place to the nursery building. The space was re-designed to incorporate three classrooms, a sensory room, a group area for the classes to work together and an outdoor learning environment. This area now houses our youngest class, The Goslings, and provides an early years environment for children with SEN.

Meanwhile, the Portakabin extension was also re-designed to become the Family Space, which opened in September 2009. This now provides a dedicated area in school for parents to meet: with each other for workshops and coffee mornings, and with the children for group activities. Please see the Parents section for more details.

Currently Alexandra is funded for 80 places, from Reception to Year 6.


 
   

 

 
 

Alexandra School · Alexandra Avenue · South Harrow · HA2 9DX

(Tel) : 020 8864 2739 · (Fax) : 020 8864 9336 · Email : office@alexandra-school.co.uk