Head Teacher’s Welcome


Dear Parents

As the Headteacher of Eleanor Smith School, I am very proud of the personal development and accomplishments that the children achieve. This school offers quality education for children with social, emotional and/or mental health difficulties. It is an all through school on two sites. In order to meet the children’s various and complex needs, we have a range of expert teaching and support staff, in addition to educational psychologists, a clinical psychologist and speech and language therapist to name a few.
In the primary school we offer a broad curriculum and enrichment activities. At the heart of the curriculum is the Resilience Framework and Thrive. These aspects allow the children to develop their emotional understanding of themselves and how to self-regulate with greater confidence. Other activities that support the development of the whole child include weekly sessions at Lambourne End, Forrest School, ECAM instrumental lessons in Year 5, cooking skills and Thrive 1:1 sessions.
We carefully assess the child’s needs on entry to Eleanor Smith to see how their time will be managed. Some children will start off with five days per week, whereas other children may start with four days per week. We work flexibly with the child’s mainstream school, creating joint targets to meet at both schools, in order to build up the child’s knowledge and skills, to eventually return to their mainstream peers. This decision is jointly agree between Eleanor Smith School, the mainstream school and the parents of the child.
In the secondary school, the focus for the students is on their future pathways. We want the children to really think about their next steps after Eleanor Smith and understand how their learning and behaviour now can impact on their future. There are aspirations for students to go into direct employment, apprenticeships, college, and university, for those who want to go further with their studies. The curriculum centres around a range of subjects including English, Maths, Science, Religion, Art, PE, Media and Food Technology. In addition to the core curriculum that we offer, there are life skill opportunities as well as preparing the children for the world of work. This includes at least two work experience places before finishing school.
We are very excited about the potential that each child has and the team are motivated by how much progress the children and young people make over time. As we await the build of the new secondary site to complete, we are busily planning exciting new learning opportunities that will support the children even further in fulfilling their potential.
We look forward to working with you to get the best out of the children.

Kind regards

Clinton Pascoe

ESS – Mission Statement

‘Integrating pupils into mainstream education, the world of work and life’

Eleanor Smith is a special school for pupils with social, emotional, behavioural and mental health needs. It caters for pupils on a split site – Years R to Year 7 at the North Street site and Years 8 to 11 at Lawson Close. The school is in the London Borough of Newham, an ethnically diverse inner city area. Pupils are taught in small classes with a high adult to pupil ratio. Typically pupils are taught for three days at Eleanor Smith with two days spent at a mainstream link school with the aim of the provision to return the pupil full time to mainstream education.twitter_logo


The School is open term time from 8am to 5.00pm. If you would like to visit the Primary site you can either arrange a visit by calling Anne Hart on 0208 471 0018 or email info@eleanorsmith.newham.sch.uk and for Secondary site please call Smitha Ravi on 020 7511 3222 or email officeks3@eleanorsmith.newham.sch.uk

Our SENcos are Elaine Rogers and Phiona Langevine.

To ensure the safety of our children we ask that all visitors to produce photographic identification as proof of identity.