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