Welcome to Kestrel House School


We are a small and friendly independent special school for pupils aged 5-16 years who have Autism, additional learning difficulties and complex needs. At Kestrel House we recognise and value pupils for their unique strengths and their contribution to our school community. We ensure that by following rigorous assessment we provide each child with an Autism friendly environment, an appropriate curriculum and Autism specific interventions to meet their needs and equip them for adult life.


Meet the Head teacher – Lorna Bailey

Kestrel House’s head teacher Lorna Bailey is experienced in both mainstream and special needs education and joined us from West Lea School in Enfield.

A passionate educator, she has led on assessment, collaborating with head teachers of special schools in the area, with particular focus on Life after P Levels.

Lorna is NPQH qualified and committed to supporting students and staff to get the best opportunities to grow and add to their skills.

She made the transition into special needs teaching so that she widen her expertise in supporting children to make continued progress despite the additional challenges they may face.

She is driven to develop teacher skills and confidence in assessing the smaller steps in progress that ASD learners make and in celebrating their achievement.

This determination to help children and young people succeed and achieve their goals and aspirations, is reflected throughout her staff team at Kestrel House.

Drawing on her experience with students with the condition, Lorna is committed towards making the school a provision that leads on autism.

She is keen to inspire the students to enjoy learning every day and experience new things.

By developing robust links with families, Lorna is looking forward to strengthening the wider Kestrel House community

Why choose Kestrel House School?

At Kestrel House we will provide your child with:

•A specialist autism provision

•On-site Wellbeing Team including an Occupational Therapist, Speech and Language Therapist and a Music Therapist

•Small class sizes in a small school


'Staff understand each pupil’s unique and complex needs. They use this knowledge to plan bespoke activities that engage and motivate pupils in their learning.' (Ofsted 2019)