Welcome to Chatten Free School

We are a specialist day free school in Witham, Essex working with children and young people who are severely affected by their autism and associated learning difficulties.  Our pupils are ages 4-19. Most of our pupils are pre-vocal or in the early stages of developing communicative skills.

Currently the school is under development and you should visit our school news page, blog and Facebook feed for more information on the building work and other updates.


Although we are not yet open we have a clear image of what Chatten will be as a school and what we will provide.

We believe that through a consistent and individualised curriculum, using effective and evidence based learning techniques we can ensure that our pupils leave us as independent as possible and with life-long socially significant skills which will enable them to access the world around them in a rich and meaningful way.


Our primary vision for Chatten pupils is: Happiness, Independence and Respect.

We have high expectations of our pupils and believe that we they can achieve great things.  Our primary focus is to provide all our pupils with an effective form of communication which they can use throughout their lives.  We also aim to teach them important tolerance, life and academic skills which will be functional in their real lives beyond school.


Chatten provision includes access to individualised curriculums based on input in the areas of; applied behaviour analysis (ABA), speech and language therapy (SALT), occupational therapy (OT) and qualified teacher (QTS) level educational interventions.  We use evidence based interventions and monitor interventions meticulously to ensure they are effective for the pupil.  

To hear more about our interventions and our curriculum please visit the; school day, interventions, lunches and learning sections of this website.


We are very excited to be able to offer some amazing facilities at our school including;

  • Soft play rooms

  • Multi sensory rooms

  • Gym

  • Replica public toilets

  • Replica nurses’/dentist surgery

  • Replica shops

  • Replica café

  • Courtyard

  • Age specific play areas

  • Sensory and agricultural outside areas

  • Virtual reality suite

  • Shopping mall style hall


Most importantly of all we will have a staff team who all share the same vision for our school and your children.  Our strongest shared desire: to enrich  our pupils lives with the shared aim of Happiness, Independence and Respect.


Thank you


Adam Dean

Head Designate

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

E-mail: CFS@marketfield.essex.sch.uk

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

If you require a paper copy of anything on this website please e-mail the request to CFS@marketfield.essex.sch.uk

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