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The Blue Tangerine Federation

Specialist & Special Educational Needs Schools

'Promoting the Abilities in Disability'

When considering a name for the federation of schools, the term 'Blue Tangerine' seemed to capture the feel and ethos of our schools.  A 'Blue Tangerine' in Urban Dictionary Terms means 'Different in a good way and, indescribably beautiful!'  We felt this summed up our children and adults nicely!  We celebrate our differences and are proud of who we are. 

As a federation of The Collett School and St Luke's School (formerly including Forest House Mental Health Hospital provision), we are ultimately focused on improving possibilities for our pupils by being better, together.  By securing exceptionally skilled adults to lead relevant and purposeful curricula, teaching and support across our schools is improving our provision.  


We innovate and look outwards, confident in our direction of travel and what needs to be done.   As schools, our achievements in promoting the abilities of our pupils is relentless; our Chelsea Flower Show award-winning garden gives testament to this...

See our journey to making the Chelsea Flower Show Garden

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The BBC's coverage of our garden at The Chelsea Flower Show 2022


We are persistent in our lobbying for appropriate funding in order to provide the staffing needed, specific SEND resources, further staff training and improve our infrastructure.  As such, we fundraise ferociously, which in turn brings us into contact with amazing businesses and people that support our ambition to get our youngsters into the world of work throughout adulthood.

Check out our fundraising priorities and achievements here

Our schools' ethos and values are tangible. We value every child's abilities - supporting them to acquire the knowledge and skills relevant for their childhood and transition to successful adulthood in our mainstream world.  We look after ourselves, we look after each other, we look after the environment and we look after our learning.  We work to enable the individual to be proud of their difference and their special characteristics to create improved self-esteem in order that they thrive.  The importance of this throughout the pandemic and beyond resonates as essential part of our provision.

We hope the website gives you a good indication of what we are and our values.  We look forward to welcoming you to what we consider are our very special schools.

Best wishes,

Stephen Hoult-Allen

Executive Headteacher