School Closed: Coronavirus

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Our Family

The Collett School is Hertfordshire's only all-through Learning Disabilities Special Educational Needs School for children with complex learning disabilities including...


Here you will find information about what we measure, how and why at The Collett School.

What We Teach

We reflect on the needs of the children now and how they evolve as they transition into adulthood. As...

Successful Partnerships For Growth

The Collett School builds reciprocally strong partnerships We work with many organisations and individuals that help the school...

Thank You To Our Sponsors!

Thank you! You make a difference to children's lives every day!


Here you will find forms and documentation.

Healthy Eating

The health of our children is extremely important in our drive to thrive in life.

Welcome From The Heads

Pam Stocks: Head of School Stephen Hoult-Allen : Executive Headteacher

When School Is Open & Closed

The School Day, Office Hours, Term Dates. For information about school closures and school policy during severe weather, please visit...

Friends Of Collett, Fundraising & Parent Voice Council

To find out more about our past fundraising events and completed projects, visit the Fundraising Gallery. You can read about...

Pupil Premium Grant And Additional Funding

Pupil Premium Grant, Pupil Premium Grant Plus, Sports Premium and Year 7 Catch Up Premium funds.

Progress And Attainment Of Vulnerable Groups

Through a range of assessment measures, we monitor the progress of our vulnerable groups of learners, to put in place...

The Structure Of Our Curriculum

Our curriculum is diverse, relevant and purposeful; organised to maximise opportunities

Behaviours For Learning

Behaviours for learning are modelled and supported. For each child to shine and thrive, they need to develop an...

Capps - Collett Assessing Pupil Progress Scheme

CAPPS is our own, in-house system of assessing pupils' progress, achievements and attainment. It is being used by other...

Who We Are

We are proud to be a Hertfordshire Local Authority maintained Special Educational Needs School for children with Learning Disabilities...

A Brief History

In 2014, we celebrated our 50th anniversary with a huge party, whilst launching our Oral Histories Project - voices recounting...

Volunteering At The Collett School

How volunteers support the work of the school. There are many ways to be involved.

How Are We Doing?

Every child and adult matter at The Collett School. We know what we do well and what we need...


These are the adults who facilitate learning at The Collett School. Every member of staff has an equally important...

Learning Interventions

Interventions are in addition to high quality classroom teaching. Support is bespoke to the needs of the child and...

Child Protection

We strive to keep children safe and protected from abuse.

The Collett School Vision, Mission And Values

Where we are travelling and how we intend to get there...

Our Mission, Vision, Values And Ethos

Our Association of Schools exists to support the creation of unique and remarkable schools that collaborate effectively through an ambitious...

The Collett School's Values

Effective education has the power to transform the lives of children and young people with learning disabilities and raise expectations...

The Collett School's Mission

'Promote the Abilities in Disability'

The School Self Evaluation

We robustly monitor and analyse all aspects of our school to ensure the children, families and staff get the best...

Fundraising Gallery

Here is a selection of photos from our past events organised by Friends of Collett. People and companies have also...

Admission To The Collett School

Information about how children are placed at The Collett School can be found here.

Free School Meals

If you are able to claim free school meals, there may be other benefits you can apply for.

Need Advice?

Here you will find information on where to get advice locally.


ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder, ASC - Autistic Spectrum Continuum


Literacy is the ability to read and write, but also the ability to use language, numbers, images, computers, and other...

Numeracy And Mathematics

Mathematics is a specific form of communication with its own language of signs and symbols and is particularly motivating for...


Art has the power to changes lives, soothe and excite us. Art is about creativity - something we relish...

Interventions For Supporting Sensory Needs

Sensory Needs play an increasing part in the school's provision.

Procedures For Sensory Profiling

And the identification of appropriate Waves of Intervention.

Waves Of Intervention

The levels of support required for children to access the curriculum as well as possible.

The Hive

The Hive is the name we give to a suite of rooms, which are staffed to support children access learning....

Online Safety

Online Safety (previously called e-Safety) is about being safe when using the internet and technology.


Homework is set across all year groups at The Collett School in order to support each child's progress and ensure...


Reading is proven to be one of the most effective activities to improve progress in school.

Specific Learning Difficulties - Dyslexia

Specific Learning Difficulties

Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs) affect the way information is learned and processed. They include: Dyslexia. Dyspraxia or Development Co-ordination Disorder.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Specific Learning Difficulties - Dyscalculia

Dyscalculia is a specific learning difficulty for mathematics, or, more appropriately, arithmetic.

Specific Learning Difficulties - Dysgraphia

Specific Learning Difficulties - Dyspraxia

Dyspraxia is a specific learning difficulty. Puipls with dyspraxia have problems with motor coordination and often appear clumsy when...

Subject: Psd

Personal, Social (and Emotional) Development

Physical Interventions & Restrictive Physical Interventions

For some children, sometimes, we need to physically intervene to support the safety of the individual and others.

Social Stories

Social Stories outline events (future or past) to help children and adults understand the sequence of events - preparing them...

Health And Safety

Health and Safety at The Collett School covers a range of situations, needs and access requirements.

Our Charitable Status

Friends of Collett Registered Charity No. 1157000

Giving My Views

We welcome our partnerships with families and our wider community. Please let us know what you think we are...

Collett Catch-Up

The Collett Catch-Up is the school's weekly newsletter, written by Harry Crawford and pupils of the school.

Vole Class

Vole Class has pupils from Years Reception through to KS1

Hertfordshire Send Strategy

Governing Body Of The Blue Tangerine Federation

The governing body of The Blue Tangerine Federation aims to ensure each school in the federation provides the best possible...

News From Your Child's Class

Our Learning Groups/Classes have been working hard. Click on the links in the right hand column to see what...

Our Prime Foci

The focus of our Collett School Curriculum: Communication, PSD and Kinaesthesia/Movement

Travel Training

Travel Training begins as soon as pupils join the school. The intention is to develop independence and confidence with...

Communication: Prime Focus

Kinaesthesia/ Movement

Student Teacher Placements

First steps into teaching are daunting, though a placement at The Collett School equips you to perform with confidence!


This page tells you how to complain and the policy we have in place to support you in being heard...


It's always great to know when things are going really well. We often forget to let people know this...

Pine Class

Hello Dani! Have fun creating this webpage!

Mulberry Class

Olive Class

Sycamore Class

Post 16

Post-16 Study at The Collett School is part of a collaborative partnership with West Herts College to create a 5-day...

Learning Interventions In The Hive

The Hive is the name we give to the part of the school, that is centrally located and where additional...

School Improvement Planning

In looking to improve the school, we rigorously monitor what works well for our pupils now, but in ensuring this...

Communication Strategies For Children With Autism

Hertfordshire's Special Educational Needs Schools

There are different types of provision in Hertfordshire for children with complex learning needs. The sectors work collaboratively and...

Behaviour Support: Asd Self Injury

Critical Thinking Skills

Fundraising Vision

The sole focus of our fundraising efforts is to support our children access our mainstream world with confidence and belief...

Fundraising Contacts

Across all three schools of the federation (and supported by the Friends of Collett and Friends of St Luke's): Gillian...


Sex And Relationships Education (Sre)

Relationships are an important aspect of a thriving life. We talk about relationships from an early age, building knowledge...

National Curriculum

The National Curriculum

Partnerships For Improving Literacy

We are proactive in working with other partners to expand our child's opportunities to develop their literacy. We are...

Professional Development - Learning And Influence

Learning Links With Other Schools

We love working with other schools in partnerships that support our children and, ensure our mainstream school partnership pupils get...


Science which matters is taught at The Collett School. Extracting and manipulating DNA (Graduate level science) has meaning and...



Humanities - History And Geography


Subject: Computing

Pe & Fitness

Why we do PE, what it's like at The Collett School and where we are developing it further.


Subjects Areas At The Collett School

We teach subjects from the National Curriculum as an entitlement for our pupils. What should be learnt is the...


Transition means to move from one activity/place to another.


Religious Education (Re)

Outcomes Data

How well our pupils do, from Reception to the end of Year 11.

Local And National Support Contact Details

Here, we list the websites of organisations that we feel might be helpful to the families of children at The...


Testimonials of the Pupils, Parents/Carers, Staff, Partnerships and External Assessors of The Collett School

Fundraising Plans

Our Fundraising Planning for the next few years is focused, though flexible in order to respond to changes in education...

How Can I Help?

What fun could you and your friends have raising funds for The Collett School?

How Can My Company Help?

What ways could you motivate your company department or business to help the children of The Collett School?

What Does Differentiation Mean?

Down Syndrome

Down Syndrome (and also called Down's Syndrome) is caused by having a copy of chromosome 21 in our genetic makeup.

Published Work & Qualifications

An aim of the school is to provide a world class provision for the children now and future cohorts. Research,...

Awards Achieved

Awards are incredibly important to children and adults - they foster pride in our school community and a desire to...


The Collett School offers Outreach services to primary and secondary schools in DSPL 7 as well as Business support in...

Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (Send)

Our Speciality!

Global Development Delay (Gdd)

Global Development Delay

Williams Syndrome

Williams Syndrome

Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy (CP)

Problems With Eating

Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (Fas)

Learning Disabilities And Difficulties (Ldd)

What does the term mean?

Fragile X Syndrome

Fragile X Syndrome is a genetic condition that causes a range of developmental problems.

Attachment Disorder

Children with attachment disorders or other attachment problems have difficulty connecting to others and managing their own emotions.

The Collett School's Strategic Aims

Taking steps towards our vision that all our pupils will thrive in life, these strategic aims drive our school improvement planning.


General Data Protection Requirements (GDPR). We keep data on pupils, their families and staff secure.

Reducing Anxieties

Most of us feel anxious at some time or other. Some of our pupils live in a constant state...

The Collett School Curriculum

Our curriculum is focused on children's needs for now and their future adult life.

Early Years Foundation Stage (Eyfs)

Early Years principles underpin our curriculum from 4 years to early adulthood.


Leadership at The Collett School balances income and expenditure effectively as a result of excellent fiscal management. The successes...

Speech And Language

Our integrated approach to supporting children's Speech and Language Communication Needs (SLCN)

Who Is Outreach For?

We support mainstream primary and secondary schools and, we work with businesses to support their teams with adults with learning disabilities.

What Support Does Outreach Provide?

Outreach from The Collett School is a professional service providing information, guidance and strategies that adults in mainstream settings can...

Outreach Resources

Please have a browse through our attached resources to see what type of resources we can provide as part of Outreach.

Request Outreach Support

Here are ways you can contact us to request support for individual staff or groups working with Primary aged children...

Outreach Business Request

We work with business organisations to support improved team working relationships where one or more of the team has learning disabilities.

Risk Assessments

We calculate risks in order to protect the children and adults of the school and for our visitors.

Speech And Language: Scerts

SCERTS: Social Communication & Emotional Regulation Transactional Support

Speech And Language: Elklan

The World Of Work And Employability

We look to ensure our pupils are prepared for the world of work through effectively managed work experience placements, extended...

Business Matters

The Collett School is a £2million business that requires extensive attention to detail.

Collett News

Updates from The Collett School. Read below about events in your local area & school related news. Please check...

Who Are The Outreach Team?

We offer personal and bespoke programmes of support for schools and businesses.

Parents & Carers

A starting off point to find the information you want or need...Click on the links below

Children's Attendance And Sickness

Attending school and what to do if your child is too poorly to be in school.

Social Media

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube...

Thank You

For contacting us.

How To Donate

Donations of money, time, skills, resources and help are always gratefully received!


Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural aspects of learning and living at The Collett School.

Development Of The School Buildings

The ethos of The Collett School is supportive, friendly and happy. Our buildings and environment weren't reflecting this, until now....

Visits Are Welcomed!

Come see the school and what happens here!

Glossary, Acronyms And Jargon

What does that mean?

Medical Needs At The Collett School

Medical needs have additional complexities in children with learning disabilities. We closely monitor individuals' welfare, the administration of medication,...

Ehcp Annual Reviews

What we do regarding EHCP Annual Reviews

Learning Group Bobcats

LOWER SCHOOL Class Teacher: Mrs Claire Wells

Learning Group Leopards

LOWER SCHOOL Class Teacher: Ms Nicola Elsden

Learning Group Panthers

LOWER SCHOOL Class Teacher: Mr Alex Chaplin

Learning Group Palm

MIDDLE SCHOOL Class Teacher: Ms Dani Rockley

Learning Group Bay

MIDDLE SCHOOL Class Teacher: Mrs Christina Self

Learning Group Alder

MIDDLE SCHOOL Class Teacher: Mrs Ann Thompson

Learning Group Boudica

UPPER SCHOOL Class Teacher: Ms Heather Davey

Learning Group Teak

MIDDLE SCHOOL Class Teacher: Mr Ben Linford

Learning Group Darwin

UPPER SCHOOL Class Teacher: Miss Danielle Town

Learning Group Churchill

UPPER SCHOOL Class Teacher: Mr Andy Double

Learning Group Mandela

UPPER SCHOOL Class Teacher: Ms Jennie Witter

Post-16 Learning Group

UPPER SCHOOL Class Teacher: Mr Jonathan Tomlinson Our Post-16 Group is a West Herts College Provision at The Collett School,...

Pupil Voice

Pupil Voice is rightly loud and proud at The Collett School.

Managing Transitions For Pupils With Autism

Transitions - Supporting children with ASD to move from an activity or place to another.

Research And Development: Post-Graduate Work

Building on a rostrum of inquiry in search of responsive pedagogy and practice for pupils with complex learning profiles. ...


Careers & Further Education

We ensure our pupils are prepared for the world of work through effectively managed work experience placements, extended work experience...

How Fundraising Makes A Difference

We fundraise because we want our school to maintain it's high standards, and aim to go above and beyond all...

Research & Development: Teacher Led Developmental Work

This page focuses on work currently being undertaken by our teaching staff.

Hive News

Keep abreast of all news from The Hive via this dedicated page. Stay tuned for more news over the coming weeks!

Drama & School Plays

Drama and our school plays have an important role in the social development of our pupils. Communication skills and broader...

Autism & Eating

Many individuals on the autism spectrum may have a pattern of avoidant or restrictive eating, including rejecting food that was...

Music At The Collett School

Here at The Collett School, we believe that music should be an integral part of every pupil’s school experience.


The Governing Bodies of The Collett School, St Luke's School (incorporating Forest House Education Centre) have made the decision to...

Mental Health And Wellbeing

The mental wellbeing of school pupils and staff are crucially important in these pressured times.

Careers Information For Students

What career would you like when you leave education?

New Starters

Find out more about what your child's transition to The Collett School looks like...

School Letters

The majority of communications from the school are sent out electronically. If you have missed any, please see our archive...

Careers Week

We host a Careers Week for our students once a year to gain insight into the working world.

Our Association Of Schools

Our Association consists of cross phase Hertfordshire Special Schools, keen to demonstrate that school to school collaborative practice can create...


Our School Office handles many enquiries throughout the day. Below is a selection of questions or queries frequently asked by parents/carers.

After School Clubs

Our school hosts a range of after school clubs that are fun and practical. These are updated at the beginning...

Teaching Strategies: Developing Learning Skills

This section focuses on key skills needed for learning.

Auditory Discrimination

Auditory Discrimination is the ability to detect similarities and differences when listening to sounds. This could involve being able...

Auditory Memory

Auditory Memory is the ability to recall information that has been given orally. The information may be retained for...

Fine Motor Skills

Fine Motor Skills regards the ability to use the smaller muscles int eh body for precise tasks, such as writing,...

Grammar (Syntax And Morphology)

Grammar is organising words into sentences, using the correct grammatical word/sentence structure. Pupils who have difficulties with grammar tend...

Gross Motor Skills

Gross Motor Skills are the movements of the large muscles of the body. These skills involve the coordinated effort...

Listening And Attention

Listening is the ability to attend to sounds across a range of stimuli. Attention is the ability to listen...

Phonological Awareness

Phonological Awareness is the ability to hear and discriminate between phonemes in spoken words. A phoneme is a single...

Semantic Knowledge

Semantics refers to the meanings of words and how they relate to each other. Semantic Knowledge is the ability...

Social Communication (Pragmatics)

Pragmatics refers to the ability to communicate in social situations. Some pupils have difficulty in understanding how to use...

Spatial Awareness

Spatial Awareness is the ability to be aware of oneself in space within the environment. Awareness of spatial relationships...

Verbal Comprehension

Verbal Comprehension is the ability to listen to information that has been given orally, then remember it, understand it and...

Visual Discrimination

Visual Discrimination is the ability to recognise similarities and differences between visual images. These images could be pictures, objects,...

Visual Memory

Visual Memory is the ability to recall information that has been presented visually.

Visual Perception

Visual Perception is the ability to recognise, interpret and organise visual images.

Word Finding

Word Finding is the ability to access vocabulary from the long-term memory. Some children have difficulty in recalling the right...

Hiv And Aids

HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is a virus that prevents the immune system from working properly, making it less effective at...

M.E. (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/ Encephalopathy)

M.E. (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/ Encephalopathy) is a chronic disabling illness of the immune and central nervous system that affects children as...

Moderate Learning Disabilities (Mld)

Moderate Learning Disabilities (MLD) are a general developmental delay. People with MLD have difficulties across all areas of the...

Severe Weather

This page provides information and advice on unavoidable school closures due to severe circumstances in the weather.

From The Horse's Mouth

Video news and updates direct from our staff!

Cookery At The Collett School

Cookery lessons are perfect for honing a range of personal skills, and it is for this reason that The Collett...