Meet The Head



Canbury is a happy, purposeful place of personal discovery for students aged 11 to 18.  The ethos of the School is that great minds do not all think alike and we have established a reputation for delivering a first class, personalised education to students of all academic abilities.

Excellent progress is made here because every young person is treated as an individual.  Our recently opened Sixth Form provides the opportunity for students to continue to benefit from Canbury support in preparation for adult life and we are delighted to see them go on to university or college. However, the journey is just as important as the destination and so, from the outset, we focus on the whole child with emphasis placed on emotional and social development as well as academic achievement. We are committed to ensuring that our students are prepared for the future – able to step forward to take their place in the world. In our last inspection, it was noted that, “Pupils throughout the School persevere to solve problems supported by teachers and learning support assistants who establish high expectations and promote a ‘can do’ attitude”.

As a relatively new school, founded in 1982, Canbury is able to adopt a progressive approach to teaching and learning, taking our cue from best practice and research. This ‘clean slate’ means that we are not hidebound by tradition; rather, we are able to create the most meaningful opportunities for our students, led by their strengths, needs and skills. We are proud of our broad curriculum, the wide range of qualifications we offer and the support we are able to provide through small group teaching and, where appropriate, specialist therapists or learning support assistants.  All of this is delivered by dedicated and expert staff, underpinned by an exceptionally strong pastoral approach that places the young person’s wellbeing front and centre.

The two things that really set us apart are, firstly, our deliberately small size that allows us to give every young person the individual attention they deserve and, secondly, our core values of acceptance and inclusivity.  Kindness and respect permeate all we do; you will see and feel those qualities as soon as you enter the School. 

Please do visit. You will find Canbury is a unique school, where each student is encouraged to understand their strengths and manage their challenges, develop their skills and feed their curiosity, build confidence and enjoy success.

I very much look forward to meeting you.

Carolyn Yates.

B.A, M.A.

Embracing Difference – Harnessing Talent

We have students with a range of learning needs – from slow processing, OCD, dyslexia, autism, health issues; students with high anxiety, cerebral palsy as well as school refusers who can positively benefit from our nurturing environment. They all leave us as successful and confident young men and women with good GCSE qualifications. In recent years, we have broadened our curriculum further to offer our students the opportunity to undertake GCSE Statistics and Triple Award Science. With the addition of our Sixth Form, we have been delighted to introduce a range of BTEC Level 2 and 3 Awards, and A levels in History, Mathematics, Sociology and Business Studies.

Canbury School also offers students the opportunity to participate in a wide range of extracurricular clubs including The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme – Bronze and Silver. Canbury School has a strong sporting tradition offering an extensive range of sporting activities for our students to engage in, regardless of their ability or disability. Students in Years 10 and 11 are offered subject ‘clinics’ to consolidate their classroom learning. Homework clubs are offered to all students – some are even invited to attend!

Please do visit us and meet our inspirational students; I am sure they would love to tell you about all that is possible here at Canbury School.

This website serves to answer your initial questions but Canbury School welcomes both you and your child at the school to tour the facilities and meet with the teachers under COVID19 guidelines. Please telephone the school on 020 8549 8622 to arrange a time to come and see us; I would be delighted to meet you and for you to experience the same warm welcome, sense of identity, and enjoyment of teaching and learning from all the students and staff as I did upon my very first visit.

Carolyn Yates, Headmistress

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