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JFK Special School

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Enhancing life through learning

John F Kennedy School is a founding member of the Learning in Harmony Multi Academy Trust along with Sheringham Primary School. The school offers specialist provision for pupils with special and additional needs based across two sites in Newham. Our capacity now is for 128 students in total. Pupils are admitted from Reception to Year 14.

Stratford site offers specialist provision for up to 60 students with sensory and medical needs. This site is equipped with sensory and soft play rooms, hydrotherapy, as well as large classrooms equipped with tracking hoists and outdoor equipment for students who are more independently mobile. 

Beckton site offers specialist teaching and learning for up to 50 students with autism and communication needs. This site has developed its outdoors space and use of local facilities to support independence and life skills and offers a structured teaching and learning approach.

Our newly opened site at North Woolwich caters for up to 18 younger students with autism and communication needs.  The site offers large classrooms, specialist therapy rooms and equipped outside space.

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Update 8th June 2020 - COVID-19 Risk Assessment Published

Our COVID-19 risk assessment regarding re-opening the school is now available to view on the website. It can be found here or in the Key Policies section of our website.

Coronavirus Update  

We want to keep you updated with the latest available information during this difficult time. 


  • JFK is currently closed for the majority of pupils however we are in process of planning a phased reopening for more pupils - more information can be found in the presentation below.



The health, safety and wellbeing of our children, families and staff is our paramount concern. We would like to categorically reassure you that the decisions we make will be guided by this primary consideration.


For those of you who are due to start at JFK in September, you are in our thoughts and we will make proper contact with you when the time is right for all of us.


Be well, be kind, be smart, be alert and be safe. 

Once again thank you for your messages of support and offers of help and we will be in touch again soon

Our staff will respond as soon as possible to emails to