Gary Smith (OBE) CEO

Hi, my name is Gary Smith and I started at Market Field School in 1989.  In 1991 we decided to try and specialise and do our best for children with Autism.


Since then we have done our best but for those affected the most severely I have never felt it was good enough.


Chatten Free School is the culmination of 30 years of dreaming and driving the vision forward.


I am delighted to be CEO of Hope Learning Community and welcome you to our vision.

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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