Our School

Kingswode Hoe School is a special school. It is situated in the west of Colchester, N.E. Essex and has a catchment area extending over a large geographical area which includes Colchester and parts of Braintree as well as surrounding villages to the south. 

The school has 120 places and is designated as a mixed day school for pupils with moderate or complex learning difficulties from ages 5 – 16 years. Kingswode Hoe is part of the SEAX Trust, for further important details about our student cohort visit our Admissions page. 

Values and ethos: The school has a strong ethos and strives hard to be a caring, challenging and supportive environment. Pupils are encouraged to work hard to achieve their best in all areas- academically, in the arts, music and sport. The school has a whole school credit system. Staff work very hard in conjunction with parents to raise pupil self-esteem and independence. All pupils have the opportunity to take part in a range of residential trips of increasing challenge as they get older. Additionally they have opportunities to mix with peers from mainstream schools or to undertake courses of study in a mainstream setting if deemed appropriate. Our aim is always to strive to return pupils to mainstream settings where possible.

The Local Academy Committee (LAC) and SEAX Trust works hard to support and challenge the school. LAC members are often in school and take a keen interest in aspects of school life. They work alongside the senior leadership team to ensure the school runs smoothly and efficiently, giving good value for money.


Elizabeth Drake, Principal





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Aerial drone photos of Kingswode Hoe School