Telstar – Specialist High Need Provision

St Ann’s prides itself on being a highly inclusive school. It has a long history of including students with extremely complex behavioural needs through supportive and positive behavioural management strategies.

In November 2015 building on our wealth of collective practice and informed by research, we ‘launched’ Telstar class which offered a highly personal, nurturing, child-centred approach for eight students, facilitated through a cohesive, experienced team providing 1:1 support.

Timetable, structure and routine no longer shaped the learning day. Instead a variety of motivating, multisensory based activities were constantly available, with students being free to choose to participate or not. This student led, play based, low demand learning approach enabled students to feel more relaxed and consequently they quickly became more motivated to engage. Over time they made substantial gains in their ability to self regulate, to communicate and to interact with staff and with each other.

This innovative provision was so successful that in July 2019, funded by the Local Authority a £1.6M RCL build project began on site to create a high specification, purpose built Telstar for up to 15 young people. This was to replace the double portacabins that had previously housed Telstar students and staff. 

In September 2020, in spite of inevitable delays caused by the Covid pandemic, the new Telstar provision was finally opened to students. We are delighted with our new facilities and the part we played in helping to design them. Telstar is truly designed and built around the very special needs of our young people. It is light, airy and welcoming and has a fluidity of design that enables students to see what is going on around them so that they are encouraged to be curious, to participate and to achieve. Telstar boasts highly specialist lighting with colour wash options, a large teaching hall, an Audio Visual room, an elevated soft play area, a cinema corner, a wet classroom, a therapy room, and a large, well equipped life skills area. There is easy access to the outside space which is surrounded by beautiful mature trees. The grounds have been carefully landscaped and include grassy areas, decking, swings, a covered sand area and a sunken trampoline. 

Telstar students are responding very positively to their new provision which greatly enhances the delivery of their bespoke curriculum pathway ie ‘learning to be,’ to have agency and to develop self-regulation skills and functional life skills, both within school and in the wider community. Parents, carers and staff all want the same thing, for our young people to be happy, to be safe, to be able to impact on the world around them and as young adults, to take advantage of the rich variety of experiences that life holds. We believe that Telstar offers this opportunity.

Support to Buy Food

Children and families in Ealing who receive benefits will get an offer of support from the Council to buy food over the autumn half term.

You can find more details on the Ealing Council website.

School Lunches

Dear Parents and carers,

We are very excited to be introducing Chefs in School as our new catering team at St. Ann’s!

All school related dinner bookings and payments will need to made through the School Gateway app, which we will be using to facilitate payment for your young person’s meal from 02/09/2020. We intend that the system will be live by 12/10/2020.

To pay for the meals your young person has enjoyed since the start of term and to ensure your account is in credit for future meals, please download the app for free. Just search School Gateway in your App store and download.

School Gateway App - English Martyrs Catholic Primary School

Your login details will be automatically generated using the contact information St. Ann’s already has, so please make sure the details we hold for you are up to date. You can check and change these details by sending an email to:

If you have any questions or would like some more information, please see the School Gateway site here:

You can also login to the online version of School Gateway via this site if you do not have a smart phone, although we do recommend using the app if possible as this is the simplest way of managing your account.

Kind regards,

Katrina King, School Business Manager,

Sharan Sandhu, Data Manager

How to get School Gateway on your mobile device (This app must be used to pay for school meals)

  • In your device’s app store, search for ‘School Gateway’.

Install the app with this logo:  

  • Once downloaded, open the app and go to the bottom of the page where it says ‘Don’t have an account? Sign up.’ Here, you will need to enter your main email address that the school has for you, followed by your mobile phone number.
  • Press ‘Send PIN’ and you will then receive a text message with your PIN, which you should then enter when you are back at the login page under ‘PIN’. You will be able to change this to something more memorable once you have access to your personal settings in the app.

Please note: If the school does not have your main email address, which is the one you need to log on to the app, you will not receive access to School Gateway so please ensure the school office has the correct email address.

You can check or send these details to

St Ann’s School brings catering inhouse with Chefs in Schools

We are delighted that catering at St Ann’s has now been taken in house and we employ our own Chef and Sous Chef through the Chefs in School Programme. 

Chefs in Schools was set up in Hackney to revolutionise school catering. Using professional restaurant chefs, Chefs in Schools transform school kitchens by upskilling staff so their school kitchens are run in the manner of a professional restaurant kitchen. 

The team now cook everything from scratch with fresh ingredients and bake bread daily.

Grace and Alex your new chefs

Grace was the head chef of a corporate catering company in East London for 3 years before joining the school – baking and all things pastry is where her heart is!

Alex used to run a street food business at Kings Cross selling Bánh mì, he loves to cook food from South and SouthEast Asia and he’s passionate about all food culture. He is also running a kitchen garden project with the students centred around sensory exploration and play.

“We’ve been really welcomed by all of the amazing students and staff  here and are enjoying it so much – positive changes are happening already with the students’ food and eating which is so encouraging and rewarding.” Grace and Alex.

Students have greatly enjoyed their new school meals this term as evidenced by big smiles and empty plates!

Jeans for Genes Day Friday 18th September 2020

Who does Jeans for Genes help?   

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Jeans for Genes is a charity that raises funds for research into serious and often life-threatening genetic disorders affecting thousands of children and young people. Funds also provide laboratory equipment and facilities, as well as valuable advice and support for families and carers.

We are again marking Jeans for Genes Day, on Friday 18th September, but in a slightly different format to previous years.

We will be encouraging everyone (students and staff) to make a donation of £2 and to wear or have some denim: blue, black red or green – any colour and anything, jeans, shorts, skirts, waistcoats, jackets, hairbands, bandanas, hats and bags! 

If you have any old denim items that we could cut up as part of our artistic creations these will be very gratefully received!

On Friday each class will organise a different Jeans for Genes activity and join in a special zoom assembly.

Please help the students to choose some denim and if possible send in £2 to help support the vital work of Jeans for Genes. Please place any donations in the envelope provided. Thank you!

New Medical Room

On Friday 22nd March 2019 we were delighted that the Leader of Ealing Council, Councillor Julian Bell officially opened St Ann’s new medical room. Extensive work was undertaken during the summer holiday to remodel an existing classroom in the Victorian building and create a bright, welcoming, fully equipped medical room. Access to hugely improved facilities has enabled St Ann’s excellent nursing team, to even better meet the complex medical needs of our young people. Professor Shahid Khan (Parent Governor) made the keynote speech. However as always the contributions of adults was eclipsed by the sheer exuberance and enthusiasm of St Ann’s students, particularly during their rendition of ‘We’ve got rights’ and the especially commissioned, interactive poem, ‘Nurse, Health Care Assistant, Quick, Quick, Quick!.’

We would like to thank Ealing Council for investing in our young people’s health and in supporting the school’s work to systematically remove barriers to learning so that all students can ‘enjoy and achieve’ and look forward to a good quality adult life.