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  • New Website Launching 2019!

    For the past few months a team at Carwarden have been working on a new website for the school. This is a really exciting project and we can now reveal that our new and improved website will be up and running in the new academic year! 2019/2020 We cannot wait to show everyone the new website that will include multiple new features! The new user friendly website will help you keep up to date with everything that's going on at Carwarden with ease. We are very excited to be able to share our project with you soon! 

  • Down's Syndrome Awareness Week! #LeaveNoOneBehind


    We're rocking our socks!

    #WorldDownsyndromeday2019 #LeaveNoOneBehind #LotsOfSocks

    Here at Carwarden we have been celebrating World Down Syndrome Day! 


  • Headteacher's Welcome!

    Welcome to the Carwarden House Community School website. 
    I hope that it gives you a flavour of what we do and how we work and encourages you to visit to see us in action.
    We are a special school for students between the ages of 11 and 19 with a statement or Education, Health & Care Plan (EHCP) of special educational needs. Our students have a wide range of needs including moderate learning difficulties, autism, Down syndrome, speech, language and communication needs and other conditions associated with learning difficulties. We became an academy on 1st August 2014.
    We have a very strong shared vision that was developed after discussions with staff, governors, students and parents.
     It encapsulates all that we endeavour to instil in our students by the time they leave us to take their place in the world. Parents tell us in very strong terms that they want us to focus on developing life skills and independence in their son or daughter. Our shared vision and all that flows from that reflects that desire.
    Shared Vision
    “When students leave Carwarden House they should be;
    ambitious, articulate, caring, confident, determined, independent, resilient, respectful, responsible and successful.”
    We are highly regarded and as a result, attract students from many neighbouring local authorities.
    Whatever your reason for visiting our website I encourage you to follow this up with a tour of the school.                               The  staff and students will be delighted to meet you and tell you why we are so proud of our school.
    Visitors to the school consistently offer impressive and positive feedback and I always share this with my colleagues.                               
    I look forward to meeting you in person in the near future.





    All of Carwarden House School were treated to a trip to the Panto in Camberley! It was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone and a perfect way to get in to the festive spirit! Here are a few photos from our lovely day out.
  • Carwarden's Trip to the London Eye!

    See what our Carwarden students got up to when they visted The London Eye! 

  • Remembrance Day

    At Carwarden we will remember them.

    We have covered the school and Sixth form in poppies to commemorate 100 years since the cease fire of the First World War.

  • Try our New Menu at School

    We are pleased to announce, together with Surrey Commercial Services, we are offering a brand new school lunch menu. Please click here to find out more.

  • Thank you Novartis

    Once again our friends at Novartis gave up some of their time and completed some projects round our school grounds.

  • Visit to the Legoland Workshop

    Year 10 Students had a wonderful day at legoland, first they visited the workshop then spent the afternoon in the park. 

  • Unveiling of the new Fish Tank

    Our Duke of Edinburgh students have been working on our fish tank as one of their projects towards their badge.Their hard work has certainly paid off. It looks wonderful.

  • School to re-open 20th March

    To confirm Carwarden will re-open tomorrow, Tuesday 20th March.
  • Cinderella and Rockerfella

    Click here to see some of the wondeful photos, taken by one of our parents, of this years Christmas performance.

  • Harvest Festival

    Thank you for your kind donations for Harvest Festival. After the Harvest assembly we packed up the food and with a small group of students took it down to our local food bank in Farnborough.

  • Life on the Ocean Wave

    Carwarden House Six Formers and students from Wellington College had a wonderful day at Portsmouth on the Tall Ships.

  • Prom 2017

    Time to Party!!! Thanks to the brilliant arranging from our colleagues at Philip Southcote our Year 11 students had a wonderful evening to end their time at Carwarden.

  • Imperial War Museum trip

    Year 11 students saw history come to life at a recent trip to the Imperial War Museum. They tried on wartime uniforms, and got up close to vehicles used in the wars too. The museum is a great place to have a history lesson to remember!
  • Thank you for your feedback

    Further to the recent uniform survey, as a result we have decided to incorporate blazers and ties into the range of uniform for the school alongside the existing sweatshirt and cardigans. Please note that blazers and ties are not compulsory.

  • Out in the Workplace

    Our Year 11 students are having a taste of various jobs at the moment as they undertake two-week work placements. Thanks to local companies, organisations and schools we have been able to offer our students various placements from shop floor to working on a farm to working in a museum, to helping in a nursery school. See some of the pictures here.

  • Behind the scenes at the Sheraton, Heathrow

    Year 11 students had a wonderful opportunity to see the various jobs that go on behind the scenes to make a busy hotel run smoothly by spending the day with the brilliant staff at the Sheraton Hotel, Heathrow. We are very grateful to the General Manager, Mr Andrew Huxsted, for supporting us and making the day possible. Click here for further details.

  • Strictly, The Nativity!

    Year 7, 8 and 9 came together under the expert directorship of Mrs Eilidh Brodie to put on a Christmas show, Strictly, the Nativity!, for parents and the rest of the school. Click here to see Mrs Harman's superb camerawork capturing some stellar performances.

  • Year 10 Science at RHS Wisley

    As part of the Year 10 Science course our students were lucky enough to take part in a workshop on plant adaptation at the Royal Horticultural Society's gardens at Wisley.

  • Michael Flying High!

    In the October half-term sixth former Michael Munro travelled to Ireland and back completely unaccompanied and without a hitch!  Click here to read more about Michael's tremendous achievement and his lovely holiday.

  • Learning in the great outdoors

    Our Year 11 geography students' trip to Rushall Farm and the River Pang proved to be a great way to learn about our riverways and the way we need to look after them. 

  • Aquatic Amelia!

    Amelia swam for the first time in the county gala for children with special needs. She took part in three races using three different strokes. As you can see by the photo Amelia did really well in her races and has a wonderful collection of medals. Amelia trains at her club, Reading Cygnets, and is enjoying her lessons with backstroke being her favourite stroke. She is very proud of her achievements, as are we!


  • Limb Power Lucy!

    House Captain Lucy Cartledge from Year 9 competed this weekend at the Limb Power Games at Stoke Mandeville for children that have arms or legs or both missing. Lucy has written an account of her amazing time and you can read it here.

  • Summer Fun for Carwardians

    It's lovely to see Carwarden House students doing great things over the summer. Read more here about what Theo, Rachel, Zoe, Alfie and Becky have been up to and how you can help.

  • SC Johnson Community Day

    After months of organising Carwarden House hosted a  community day with the very kind volunteers of SC Johnson from Frimley. A lot of hard work, learning and fun went on throughout the day.
  • Local Rotary clubs do it again!

    Thank you to the local Rotary Clubs for putting on a fun filled Kids Out day for our Year 7 and 8 students at the British Army's rugby stadium in Aldershot.
  • Farewell Year 11

    Year 11 celebrated their prom recently. Thanks to Gosden House for putting on a lovely evening not to be forgotten.
  • More to Legoland than rides!

    Year 7 had a wonderful day at Legoland. They started with a workshop in the morning then time in the park in the afternoon.

  • Just So Singers on ITV

    ITV's Meridian News visited our resident choir for children with special needs, Just So Singers, recently and they featured on the news this week. Click here to read more and to see the two-minute video packed full of current and former Carwarden House students.

  • Year 7 at Rushall Farm

    Year 7 enjoyed a fantastic visit to Rushall Farm in Reading. There was so much there to see and do. Please click on the title of this story to learn more and to see more pictures of the day.

  • A Day in the Life of Sheraton Heathrow

    Year 11 spent an enjoyable day with the staff at the Sheraton Heathrow. All at Carwarden House would like to thank them for their warm welcome and for a very informative day. 

  • Happy New Year

    Happy New Year from all at Carwarden House! If you had any changes to your contact details over the Christmas period, please let the school office know by phoning 01276 709080 or e-mailing This will ensure that any urgent messages such as a snow closure message get to you quickly. Thank you.

  • And the winner is....

    Years 10 and 11 should be very proud of themselves for setting the bar so high in the Christmas cake decoration competition. Five weeks of solid work culminated in some very accomlished and impressive finished products. 

  • Year 10 at TeenTech Surrey

    Students from Year 10 had a wonderful day at TeenTech at the University of Surrey recently. TeenTech aims to inspire teenagers to consider careers in science, technology and engineering.

    Over 120 leading scientists, engineers and technologists from global, regional and start-up companies brought leading edge technology to show our students how they can be part of this world. From robotics to broadcast technology, precision engineering to world class scientific research, the event showcased the range of opportunities in a fast changing career landscape.


  • Carwarden House has a European champion!

    Kathryn Martin from the Sixth Form represented Great Britain at the Down Syndrome International Swimming Organisation in Loana, Italy earlier this month! Read on to see how well she performed (SPOILER - it features medals).

  • Why aren't you working with a special school?

    In September 2014 students in the Sixth Form began getting to know the students in The Stanley boarding house at Wellington College. The relationship has flourished since then, and now includes The Orange boarding house too. Read, watch and listen here to learn more about this special partnership.

  • Thank you Novartis

    What a lovely day to be out of the office! Thank you to the hardworking and dedicated colleagues from Novartis who gave their time and effort to help us with a community project. We hope they enjoyed their day as much as we did. Thank you also to Mrs Ramsay and the superb Sixth Form students who cooked a delicious meal to sustain them at lunch.
  • Jeans for Genes Day

    Thank you for your support on Jeans for Genes day. We raised £108 for a cause close to our heart. Well done to all at Carwarden House.
  • Prize Giving Evening

    The Chapel at Wellington College was the beautiful setting for our annual Prize Giving and Leavers' Celebration evening. With very happy and proud parents, our students received awards to confirm all their hard work doesn't go unnoticed.
  • A Night to Remember!

    Year 11 enjoyed a night to remember as they hosted their friends from Gosden House, The Park and Philip Southcote schools for their prom. To quote our Head Boy "The evening was TOTALLY EPIC!" Students and staff really enjoyed an evening of lovely food, dancing and magic.

  • Carwarden House Joins Wellington College Teaching School

    We are delighted to be part of the Wellington College Teaching School Partnership - a further strengthening of the mutually beneficial work between the two schools. You can learn more about the teaching school here.

  • Just So Singers Recording with Voces 8

    Our Just So Singers, under the direction of Alison Wrigley, had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend the day recording with the world famous Voces 8 in London recently. Watch Vivian, Thomas, Michael, Lucy, Rachel, Mary, Nicole, Jack and a spectacular solo from Annabella here.


  • Sixth Form Work Experience

    Sixth Formers Josh, JJ, Jessica and James spend one day a week working at the Premier Inn hotel in Camberley. Click here to read about the work they're doing, the great feedback they've received and why Premier Inn are looking to extend this to their other hotels.

  • PTA Bingo Evening

    A fun evening was had by all! Thank you to everyone that turned up and supported Carwarden House PTA. Another thank you to our resident bingo caller, Mrs Price, for her unique style of number calling and for helping to make the evening run smoothly. With all the laughter and fun we raised about £370 which the PTA are kindly putting towards a bench in memory of our late, and sadly missed, English teacher Mrs Lamb.
  • Thank you to the Children with Special Needs Foundation

    Carwarden House School would like to say a big thank you to the Children with Special Needs Foundation for generously funding a trip to EuroDisney for 15 of our students. They all had a fun filled time and have made some wonderful lifelong memories.

  • Trip to The Houses of Parliament

    6th Form and Year 11 enjoyed a day out in London visiting the Houses of Parliament. The visit also included a quick meeting with The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP.

  • Vivian's 120km Pilgrimage to Santiago

    Every year thousands of people make a pilgrimage to Santiago De Compostela, the capital of Galicia in northwest Spain, to follow in the footsteps of Catholic pilgrims who have been travelling to the Cathedral in Santiago since medieval times. Read about Vivian Novis' adventure with her family last summer, beautifully written by her brother Cory with reflections on bias, suffering and motivation.

  • Partnership with Wellington College

    Every week students from our Sixth Form and from Wellington College meet up to work in partnership. Despite the fact that our two schools appear to be poles apart, we have a lot in common. Both groups of students are firm friends and are learning lots from each other. Our Headteacher, Jarlath O'Brien, wrote a piece for the Times Educational Supplement on the partnership - read about it here.

  • Mencap easy-to-read documents on the SEND reforms

    Mencap and the Department for Education have produced some documents designed for children and parents to help understand the changes being made as part of the government's reforms of the systems to support special educational needs and disabilities. 

  • Carwarden House Christmas Service

    A Carwarden House seasonal celebration was held at St Peter's Church in Frimley again this year. With lots of singing, poetry reading and the re-enacting of the famous World War 1 Christmas truce.

  • Christmas Jumper Charity Day

    What a good way to raise money for charity! Some of the students and staff put on their Christmas jumpers and donated money for the charity Save the Children. So far we have raised £145. Click here to see some more photos.
  • The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP visits Carwarden House

    Carwarden House was very proud to show The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, the government's Chief Whip, member of parliament for Surrey Heath and former Secretary of State for Education, around our school this week. He is pictured here with Jarlath O'Brien, Headteacher (left), and Alex Ewen, Deputy Headteacher (right). 
  • Carwarden 50th Anniversary PTA Fete

    Thanks to the hard work of the PTA, staff and students we had a really enjoyable afternoon celebrating 50 years of Carwarden House Community School.

  • Summer Extreme Reading Challenge

    Thank you to all who have submitted their entries for the Summer Extreme Reading Challenge so far! Students (and staff) still have a week to get their entries in. Remember that the top prizes are book tokens for £40, £30 and £20 and all other entries win a £10 book token. Click on the headline to see a selection of the entries so far. They're great!

  • Prize-Giving & Leavers' Celebration 2014

    We were very lucky to have the perfect venue of Wellington College's Chapel to celebrate the success of our students for this academic year. Well done to all who received an award, and thank you to everyone for coming to support our hard working students. Click on the title of this report to learn about our award winners.
  • Carwarden Prom 2014

    What a memorable evening! Thank you to The Park School in Woking for hosting this year's prom. Everyone looked wonderful and had an enjoyable time.
  • Thank you Novartis!

    Carwarden House would like to say a big thank you to the volenteers from Novartis UK based in Camberley. Despite the wet weather a group of their staff came to Carwarden House on Thursday 8th May with wellingtons and gardening gloves to improve some of the gardens and grounds.

  • Bracknell MP visits Carwarden House

    We were delighted to welcome Dr Phillip Lee MP, the Conservative Member of Parliament for the neighbouring constituency of Bracknell, for a visit on Friday 7th February.

    Dr Lee took the opportunity to meet with Vivian Novis, Luke Martin, Kathryn Martin, Gabriella Ainslie, Alice Codd, Daisy Bartlett, Thomas Hue and James Holdstock who all live in his constituency. He also met with Jarlath O'Brien, the Headteacher, who has been a resident in the constituency since he was five years old, Max Dalton, Head Boy, and Christopher Johnson, Deputy Head Boy.


  • UK Premiere for Carwarden House

    Vivian Novis, Jack Saunders, Mary Crawley, Nicole Williams and Charlotte Bratt from Carwarden House Community School are all part of the Surrey based Just So Singers Choir and on Saturday 25th January they all travelled up to London with pupils from other Surrey special schools. Read the story to discover just how they came to perform a UK premiere!




  • Our Ofsted inspection report is out!

    We were delighted to welcome Ofsted to inspect us on 21st and 22nd January. They have now published their findings and judge us to be a Good school with Outstanding behaviour and safety. You can read the report by clicking on the title of this news report and downloading the document at the bottom of the page.

  • Well Done Pullman Class

    Well done to Pullman Class for a week of 100% attendance! To celebrate Mrs Packham, Mrs King and Mrs Aylett took all of 10D bowling as a treat.

  • Zac meets the Prime Minister!

    Zac O'Hara from Year 11 visited Downing Street just before Christmas as a guest of the Prime Minister. Read Zac's account of an unforgettable day and find out just how many famous people he met!

  • Years 8 & 9 Visit Farnham Museum

    Years 8 and 9 enjoyed a day at Farnham Museum. The students had the chance to dress up and become Victorian school children for the day.
  • Carwarden House Christmas Production

    Thanks to the hard work of the staff and students Carwarden House's Christmas production and market was a great success.

  • Christmas Comes to Carwarden House

    With huge thanks to the kind volunteers from VMware UK, Carwarden House enjoyed a day full of arts and crafts which included transforming part of the school hall into a grotto.
  • Kathryn in Year 10 swims at the South-East Region Disability Championships

    Kathryn Martin in Year 10 started her swimming season in great style last Saturday representing Bracknell and Wokingham Swimming Club and Reading Cygnets at the South East Region Disability Championships. If she maintains this form there is a possibility of representing Great Britain at the Down's Syndrome World Championships, due to be held in Mexico in 2014!

  • Year 10 & 11 students take to the stage.

    On the 6th November our Year 10 and 11 drama students performed 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' at Camberley Theatre in front of a packed audience.

  • Living With Hemiplegia

    Have you ever wondered what it's like to live with hemiplegia?

    Thanks to our amazing Jack Saunders in Year 10, who appears in the video, and the great people at HemiHelp, a charity supporting children and young people with hemiplegia, you can now find out by watching this five minute video on YouTube -


  • Parent Governors Appear in DSA Journal

    Have you ever wondered what it's like to be a parent governor?

    Kim Walker, mother to Anna in Year 9, and Juana Garcia, mother to Anya in Year 8, have written a great article for the journal of the Down's Syndrome Association to help you learn more about the role. Click on the title of this story to learn more.


  • Carwarden House student appears in BBC documentary My Life

    Nicole Williams in Year 9 appeared recently in a documentary that aired on CBBC about the highs and lows of children's lives.

    We're really proud of Nicole for the way in which she embraces life and doesn't allow any of her difficulties to hold her back. She's a Paralympic torchbearer too remember! 

    You can see a clip of Nicole in action by following this link -  



  • Carwarden House PTA Summer Fete

    Carwarden House PTA Summer Fete was held on the 19th July.  Due to the hard work of the PTA, staff and pupils, and wonderful weather it was a huge success. The 'Soak the Headteacher' stall was by far the most popular stall for the pupils. With help from the very kind people at Barclays we raised £1752.00! Thank you for all your support.

  • 2013 Year 11 Prom

    The 'Class of 2013' had their Prom at the Brooklands Hotel at the end of June. All our students looked wonderful and all the time they put into their outfits definitely paid off! Carwarden House School wish them good luck and very best wishes for their future.

  • Euro Disney

    Twelve Carwarden House students were very fortunate to visit Euro Disney for four days in June. With the generous support of the Children with Special Needs Foundation they were able to take the trip of a lifetime and really enjoyed themselves. They had breakfast with some of the Disney characters and the favourite ride was 'Cars', which was visited more than once!

    A big thank you to Mr Lambert, Mrs Evans and Mrs Jackson for organising the trip and ensuring everyone had an amazing time!

  • Eagle Radio Easter Egg Appeal

    Thank you very much for your kind donations for the Eagle Radio Easter Egg Appeal. We collected 63 Easter eggs in total. The eggs will be forwarded to less fortunate children across Surrey and Hampshire.

  • World Book Day

    A lot of fun was had by our students on World Book Day. The students really enjoyed dressing up as various characters from their favourite books. We had the Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, Harry Potter, Mr Stink, James Bond, and quite a few of the main characters from 'Dairy of a Wimpy Kid'.

  • Year 9 Visit to Farnham Museum

    Victorian Day: 9E and 9F – Farnham Museum

    9E and 9F have both had excellent days at Farnham Museum recently. They all dressed up in Victorian clothes (including their teachers) and spent the day experiencing life as a pupil in a Victorian School.  Writing with ink, (needing blotting paper); writing on slate; rag-rug making; PE drills; playing with Victorian toys, and working out what certain Victorian objects might be used for, were just some of the delights of the day. Our teacher, who we had to call “Ma’am” gave us short lessons in the three R’s and demonstrated how Victorian children were disciplined (with the cane) if they didn’t display good manners and hard work and at all times.  Even the temperature made us feel we were truly being educated over 100 years ago on both occasions. All the children seemed to enjoy the day and have already shown that they learnt a lot!

  • Cross Country Race

    A fun day was had by all and the weather was good too! As you can see from the photo medals were won and very proudly worn.

  • World Peace Day at Carwarden

    Miss Evans organised World Peace Day at Carwarden. Drinks and refreshments were provided at breaktime and to raise awareness and encourage World peace each student was given a World Peace bangle to wear with pride.


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