School and staff structure

Chatten Free School is made up of three phases:

Phase 1: KS1/KS2

Phase 2: KS2/KS3

Phase 3: KS4/KS5

Typically each phase is made up of five rooms and three classes.  Two classes are made up of ten pupils over two rooms and one class is made up of five pupils in one room.  Despite this being a planned expectation the reality is likely to be very different.  Chatten will adapt classes and pupil numbers based on pupil needs.

Each room is staffed by four 1:1 tutors and one 1:1 Senior tutor.  Each class is overseen by a teacher or an Classroom Manager and each phase of 3 classes is overseen by board certified behaviour analyst (BCBA).  Each phase also includes a teacher with TLR subject responsibility.  The school is overseen by the head of school and deputy who are both accountable to the Chatten Local Governing body.

The model also includes two speech and language therapists, an occupational therapist and a school nurse.

The structure is flexible and may change depending on the needs of the school.

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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