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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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Coronavirus Update  

We want to keep you updated with the latest available information during this difficult time.  
  • JFK is closed now for the majority of pupils. 

Staff will contact you as soon as possible by phone with further information in relation to JFK’s offer going forward. 


The Government has defined key workers as those working in health and social care, education and childcare, key public services, local and national government, food and other necessary goods, public safety and national security, transport, utilities, communication and financial services. 

Our childcare provision from Wednesday 25th March:

This will depend very much on the numbers and needs of the children and families, but we anticipate that it will be a reduced offer of one or two days per week. Further details will be communicated to you on an individual basis once we have a thorough analysis of our capacity and the need. We are currently working with the Newham Local Authority to consider options as to how this provision may be increased. 

Children in Receipt of Free School Meals

The government has announced this week the plans for providing assistance to families in receipt of Free School meals when their children are not in school. The plans present different options for schools and we are currently working out which model will work best for our school and our families. Further information will be shared with those families eligible for Free School Meals as soon as plans have been finalised. 

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