About us

Assembling and painting a Viking longship model.

We are a specialist independent school that offers individualised education programmes in small groups and one to one tuition. Our space is within The Shaftesburys new-building of Gascoigne Primary School in Barking.

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We are set up to offer education to children who have been through statutory assessment and who have been identified with complex needs. We also offer assessment placements for pupils who may be undergoing the process of an Education Health and Care Plan.

We offer placements to pupils in Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3. This can help pupils make the often difficult transition from Primary to Secondary more successfully.

Working with a microscope

We are registered for pupils with Social, Emotional and Mental Health issues and those who have a diagnosis of Autism.

English - Iron Man Activity

Mission and Ethos


  • re-engage children who have not been able to access education due to the nature and complexity of their needs through individualised and group learning
  • help our pupils to become more aware of their barriers to learning and how they can start to overcome these
  • encourage our pupils to become more self-regulating in their behaviours through a process of nurture and reflection
  • re-ignite a pride in attaining their potential and curiosity in the world around them
  • make learning a two-way process and encourage more responsibility in their learning
  • allow our pupils to enjoy learning again through creativity and fun

British Values

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To meet the needs and entitlement of our students, Northstar New School delivers a differentiated curriculum. This is based on a person-centred planning framework, which is closely aligned with our pupils’ levels of ability, interests and aspirations.

Pupil Activities

Ofsted rated - Outstanding Provider


The school is held in high regard by parents and carers. They feel that this school has made a significant difference to their children’s behaviour, well-being and happiness…


Parents Views

" J has made amazing progress this year, I have never seen him so happy to attend school even complaining when he was sick, because he wanted to go in... "
" The school is excellent at keeping me informed about D’s daily progress. I get detailed emails whenever there is a significant triumph or achievement or if something challenging has happened. This is an excellent school with excellent staff who are completely committed to their pupils. D loves it!! It has been a great relief to me to see how well he is progressing... "
" M absolutely loves coming to this school despite the long cab ride in. It will be hard having him move schools because of location, I have cried many nights over this, but because of his severe ASD, I will break it to him over the holiday... "
" P is now so much better at home, helping out and doing well back in mainstream. Thank you for giving me my son back... "
" The support and knowledge in dealing with behaviour problems is incredible! Even when as a parent I’m feeling overwhelmed, the school are there to lend a helping hand. My oldest boy attended and now my oldest girl is attending. I wish all my children could attend... "
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