The Edith Borthwick School

Enabling everyone to reach and go beyond their potential

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Welcome to The Edith Borthwick School


We are a highly successful community all age special school for students aged 3-19 years old with severe and complex learning difficulties including autism. The original Edith Borthwick School was purpose built in Bocking in1976, and was designated a ‘New Model Special School’ by Essex Local Authority in 2006. In September 2015 we moved to our brand new, purpose built school in Braintree which offers superb facilities. We currently have a 220 learner placement capacity and 248 learners on roll.


A key feature of our school is the provision of a high quality education programme tailored specifically for individual needs. Meeting individual needs follows a route of Education Health Care Planning, with personalised plans engaging with a wide range of supporting agencies.


The school has an extended workforce with a large dedicated staff team who constantly strive to ensure that each pupil and student maximises their potential. Our wide range of specialist staff and facilities ensures that appropriate support and guidance is available for all students across the full curriculum/age range.


Where appropriate, Parents/Carers are equally well supported with a strong team of Family Key Workers, who provide close working between home and school, and ensure that there is underpinning support to enable joined up learning programmes covering both social and academic aspects.


We take great pride in our learning community, and value the excellent quality of relationships between all members. I look forward to seeing you in school and know that you will find happy students, and a most welcoming environment.


Dan Woodman