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The Pace Centre - Primary and Secondary School

Pace is a family-centred school that specialises in educating children with Cerebral Palsy and related disorders. Pace provide an innovative education tailored to the child’s individual abilities setting and achieving academic and functional goals. Due to the complex nature of many Pace children, Pace also…

Pace is a family-centred school that specialises in educating children with Cerebral Palsy and related disorders. Pace provide an innovative education tailored to the child’s individual abilities setting and achieving academic and functional goals. Due to the complex nature of many Pace children, Pace also has an on-site nursing team.

Our unique Pace approach brings together input from paediatric occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, conductive educationalists and teachers. This breadth of expertise means your “whole child” remains at the centre of their education. At Pace we believe in every child’s ability to achieve and progress, and it is our job to ensure that children have the right skills to do just that.

A bespoke curriculum is developed for each child, at a just right level to ensure they are challenged and make progress functionally and academically. The differentiated delivery by class and the tailored learning by individuals means the curriculum is rich, and the range of methodology in toolkit for delivery adds real depth and value to the learning experience.

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Who to contact

Contact Name
Mrs Claire Smart
Contact Position
Headteacher and Director of Education
01296 392739

We operate from two sites: 1. The Bradbury Campus, Wendover Road, Stoke Mandeville, which offers the following educational services:- School Service: Key Stage 3 and 4 Secondary Services for young people aged 11 to 16 who have motor disorders and related challenges such as sensory impairments and communication difficulties. 2. Coventon Road, Aylesbury, offers the following services:- Primary School Services for children aged 5 to 11 who have motor disorders and related challenges such as sensory impairments and communication difficulties. Early Years Services for children aged 3 to 5 years who have learning challenges as above, related to a motor disorder. Children may attend full-time or part-time with dual placements and outreach support available. In both centres, we provide a full assessment and reporting service carried out by a highly trained and experienced trans-disciplinary paediatric team which includes: Occupational Therapists Physiotherapists Speech and Language Therapists Conductors (professionals specially trained in working with people with movement disorders such as cerebral palsy) Early Years Professionals Special Needs Teachers Many of our staff are able to use British sign language and are experienced in supporting children with complex communication difficulties through the use of augmentative and alternative communication strategies. Across the entire range of our services we also offer advice for further input, provision and equipment needs; family and carer training; counselling; a family residential programme and home visits. All our facilities are purpose-built and fully accessible. Pace has a very strong partnership with parents and families facilitated by the Pace Parent Partnership (PPP) which meets regularly and provides support, advice and social opportunities for both children and families.

Where to go

Pace Primary School
Coventon Road
HP19 9JL

Pace Primary School is at the above addresss.

We have an additional site at:

The Bradbury Campus, 156 Wendover Road, Stoke Mandeville, Buckinghamshire HP22 5TE

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Open Monday to Friday, 9.00am-3.00pm, term time only
Time of day
Term time only

Other Details



Please enquire for details of our fees.  Fees may be funded through your local authority via your child's EHCP, or privately.


Age Ranges
Referral required
Referral Details

We accept referrals from parents and professionals working with children and young people

Additional Information

Providing services to
4 - 11 years (primary school age)
11 - 16 years (secondary school age)
Disabled children/young people


Needs Supported:

  • Cerebral Palsy and related disorders

Pace's ethos, curriculum development and delivery is based on the knowledge that motor learning is a fundamental aspect of education for children with motor disorders. It is crucial for self-esteem, the learning of independence and social skills, and to address underlying sensory-motor, perceptual and neurological issues. The acquisition of sensory-motor and perceptual skills is a prerequisite for higher level learning, and underpins the development of conceptual and cognitive skills. For pupils with motor disorders, motor learning, cannot be an "add-on" but must be an integral part of their learning across and through life. If this is not the case the educational experience of young people with motor disorders will fail to meet their lifelong learning needs.

An education for pupils with motor disorders is about active motor learning across all aspects of their life rather than just accommodating to their disability.

Our Values:

  • Child, family and community centred
  • Empathy
  • Achievement
  • Expertise
  • Innovation
  • Dedication


  • Specialist School Service
  • Child and Family Service

Our Mission: Pace is a family centred charity that provides innovative education for children with sensory motor disorders based on the belief that every child has the ability to learn and tailored to the child’s individual needs. We also welcome you and your child into a supportive community that celebrates your child’s achievements and successes. In addition to offering first-class education, our highly skilled transdisciplinary teams of therapists work in close collaboration with teachers to provide a fully integrated curriculum and a rich, individually tailored learning environment for your child. As a parent you can be assured that Pace understands the specific challenges and potential of your son or daughter and that we will support you as a family within our school and our wider community. Children who attend our school groups have needs ranging from very complex learning challenges relating to their sensory-motor difficulties, to children who have mild to moderate physical difficulties and related learning needs. Children are placed in groups according to their age, abilities and challenges. Some children in our services have visual and/or hearing impairment in addition to their motor disorders and curriculum delivery is carefully modified to meet these additional needs. Due to the complex needs of many Pace children, Pace also has an onsite nursing team. Demonstrate outstanding outcomes for children, attributable to the Pace integrated education approach through the development of theory and practice at the school and beyond into our outreach and consultancy services. At Pace, we endeavour to prepare the children for their future lives in 3 key ways:

  1. Provide an ‘education for life’, which looks ahead to a child’s true potential in terms of independent functional access to learning and society.

  2. Pace school services strive to:

  3. Pace offers a highly personalised ‘whole child’ integrated curriculum for school placed children aged 3 to 16. Rather than being defined by a single methodology, Pace has developed its own 

    1. unique ‘transdisciplinary’ methodology and curriculum approach.

    2. The children we work with

    3. Every parent wants the best for their child. For children with sensory motor difficulties including (but not restricted to) cerebral palsy, we believe that Pace offers children the very best chance to unlock their potential and live life as independently as possible. At Pace, we will provide a nurturing, positive and dedicated environment that encourages your child to develop, progress and be the best that they can be.

    4. The Pace vision is that every child in the UK with sensory-motor disorders, and their family, can access education and support services that are aligned with the Pace model and ethos.

    5. By developing a positive problem-solving personality that will allow the child to tackle the challenges that their adult life may present.

    6. By teaching the skills that the child will need to be as active and independent as possible in all areas. These include gross and fine motor skills, mobility, self-care, communication, academic, and social and emotional.

    7. By providing opportunities to experience places and activities within the community with the support of skilled staff. These may include visits to cafés, shops, the library, the garden centre, swimming pools and a range of recreational and leisure venues.

    Our integrated curriculum

    Our approach draws on best practice from varied clinical and educational disciplines to provide a rich and individually tailored learning environment for our children.

    At the heart of the Pace integrated curriculum lies the relationship between postural, movement, sensory and perceptual skills and how they impact on conceptual/academic learning.

    The integrated curriculum therefore gives priority to developing essential foundation skills that are a prerequisite to conceptual and cognitive development and is planned to meet the total needs of our pupils.

    The transdisciplinary team consider the child as a whole and take into consideration all of their goals when planning their lessons. Lessons are highly differentiated and assessment is ongoing to ensure continued progress.

    Our integrated approach provides learning opportunities for children to practice and extend their skills as learners. It also reflects our commitment to meeting the diverse needs of the children as individuals, promoting their inclusion in the learning process within the school, home and community.

    Key Stage 3 and 4 (11 to 16 years)

    In addition to using Pace’s integrated approach, children in KS3 and 4 also benefit from a highly personalised functional and life skills based curriculum to help prepare them for their future lives as young adults in the community.

    Within their weekly timetable there are opportunities to develop and apply their problem solving and academic skills, for example through purposeful trips to the supermarket followed by cooking activities, which have been carefully planned to work on particular gross/fine motor and mathematical skills.

    The secondary integrated curriculum also includes the ASDAN (Award Scheme Development and Accreditation Network) ‘New Horizons’ programme, which is a PSHE (Personal Social and Health Education) and citizenship learning programme designed for young people with special educational needs. It offers a nationally accredited way to record and celebrate skills and achievement in these curriculum areas.

    Family support

    Parenting can be extremely rewarding, but we recognise that it has its challenges. We aim to support, empower and work with parents and families to give you the skills, knowledge and a support network to care for your child with confidence. We offer specific individual advice sessions, training and seminars for parents through presentations and discussions of topics of interest at our Pace Parent Partnership meetings.

    We also have regular parent meetings in which individual children’s learning and progress is discussed in depth and targets shared. For children accessing our school and Early Years services, daily communication about your child comes home in their communication books.

    We also conduct home visits and can refer you for confidential professional counselling if your feel your family would benefit. We can also provide access to support and advice during Education, Health and Care Plan applications and reviews. We know that you want to do the very best for your child, to aid their development and help them towards independence and Pace is here with you all the way.

Supporting people with
Physical disability
Hearing impairment
Vision impairment
Learning difficulty
Communication impairment

Last checked on 03/05/2022

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