Specialist Education

Cambian Great Dunmow School

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Unit 13, Flitch Industrial Estate, Chelmsford Road, Great Dunmow, Essex, CM6 1XJ

Telephone: 01371 705623

Great Dunmow

➜ Great Dunmow School Prospectus (Download)

➜ Great Dunmow Term Dates 2023-2024


Cambian Great Dunmow School is an independent specialist provision that provides relevant, positive and high-quality education experiences and support for your child. We cater for children and young people aged 11 to 19 with ongoing social, emotional and mental health difficulties with associated complex needs.


Most of the learners that come to us have had negative experiences in prior educational settings and as a result this impacts on both academic achievement and social confidence. Our specially trained staff provide a warm, nurturing and caring school environment that allows children and young people to feel safe and valued as individuals.


Our school places a strong emphasis on supporting learners to become emotionally resilient, self -confident and positive. For us safeguarding is a top priority and is fully embedded in our ethos policies, systems and practice. We foster teamwork, community collaboration and promote fundamental British values of democracy, mutual respect, individual liberty, tolerance and rule of law.


Our broad and balanced curriculum consists of a range of academic, social and vocational elements that builds on prior knowledge and develops essential independent and life skills. We organize our learning experiences in small groups with personalized programmes and tailored support to ensure that all our students’ needs, interests, aspirations and abilities is central. We motivate learners by rewarding and reinforcing positive choices and efforts as well as steps of achievement as students’ progress towards their individualized goals. We prepare our students to enjoy and achieve in order to become confident learners who can reach their full potential.


The Proprietor

The proprietor of the school is Farouq Sheikh, Chair of the CareTech Board. 

The representative of the Proprietor of the school, whose address for correspondence during both term times and holidays, is: Andrew Sutherland, Director of Education, Metropolitan House, 3 Darkes Lane, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire EN6 1AG. 


Student Profile

For full student profile, click here.


• Mixed gender aged 11 to 19

• Has an EHCP/SEN with a primary diagnosis of SEMH difficulties rather than another diagnosis such as ASD

• Without an EHCP who have ongoing presentation of SEMH difficulties characterised by challenging behaviours

• May have other associated difficulties

• Have been excluded for mainstream settings or have had several unsuccessful educational placements

• have gaps in learning

• Have been previous negative experiences of school

• Are disengaged or exhibit poor learning behaviours

• May have difficulties forming relationships with adults and peers

• Have difficultly managing in large groups and being taught in a traditional manner

• May need support to regulate emotions

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