Our Published Admissions Number is 75. However as a new Free School we are building to that number.  We will open in 2021 with 25 pupils.  This will grow to 50 in 2022 and and rise to a full capacity of 75 in 2023.

Please note that as of today (01/12/2020) we are not currently open to admissions.  

Chatten School is not the admitting authority. Pupils are placed in our school by the local Authority  through the EHCP process. you can read that process here

Pupils can be admitted through the academic year but the majority will take up places at the beginning of each term.


To gain a better understanding of our admissions criteria and process please view the admissions document here OR read it below.


Head Designate: Adam Dean (also person to contact for enquiries)


Contact number: 07821680581

Address: C/O Adam Dean - Market Field School, Elmstead Market, Colchester, Essex, CO7 7ET

Chatten Free School is part of the Hope Learning Community (HLC)

Gary Smith OBE is the CEO of the Hope Learning Community Trust

The Chair of trustees for the HLC is Micheal Andrews

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