About Coombswood School

Our School

Coombswood School is a Special Educational Needs secondary school which is located in Halesowen, Dudley. We support learners aged 11-16 years old, with a wide range of Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs, in particular, Autism, and leaners with mild learning difficulties. Our school delivers a range of subjects, including the core subjects of English, maths and science, together with additional curriculum areas such as art, cooking, and creative and aesthetic curriculum.

We offer a structured environment centred on a meaningful and contextualised curriculum offer. Our clear purpose is to make an enduring difference to our learners’ lives, providing them with the knowledge, resilience and skills to enable them to have lasting employment and lifelong success.

At our school, we believe in the value and importance of building positive trusting relationships with young people to gain a deep understanding of each learner’s needs. This enables us to provide individually tailored provision which facilitates and supports each child’s unique way of learning. Learners are supported by highly qualified and skilled Teachers and Teaching Assistants, including through social skill time.

Young people are supported and enabled to make choices, informed by an understanding of the consequences of their decisions. Relationships are at the core of all we do at Coombswood School. We believe that caring and respecting is what changes the behaviour of young people.

Our school aims to work with learners who choose to be at the school. Coombswood School aims to promote positive attitudes towards learning, so that young people enjoy school and feel safe and comfortable coming to school, acquiring a solid basis for lifelong learning.

We believe every experience is a learning experience and all staff maintain a non-judgemental approach to working with young people.


All learners to be given the opportunity to thrive: educationally, socially, and emotionally, enabling them to enjoy life, and make a positive contribution in society.


To provide an inspirational and safe environment giving our learners the self-belief and confidence to achieve their full potential.


Working in partnership with our learners, parents and the local community to create a school that improves our learners’ opportunities for adulthood and beyond.


WINNER – Willingness –  I – independence N – Noble N – Nurture E – Empathy R – Resilience

Snita Verma – Executive Principal

Snita Verma, Executive Principal of Coombswood School has been a teacher in the West Midlands Region for over 20 years. Her love of working with children began when volunteering in the local primary school that she attended.

Snita is passionate about her own professional development, and continues to prioritise her own learning, adding qualifications such as National Award of Special Education Needs in Teaching and Learning.

During Snita’s career, she has gained a wealth of experience, moving from a Deputy Head teacher, to a Head of Centre, before becoming Principal of The Rowan Primary School, Coombswood’s sister school. Snita is passionately committed to inclusion, and ensuring every child is considered and listened to.

Snita feels privileged to have met and worked with so many incredible young people and their families during her career. She looks forward to continuing to put learners at the heart of Coombswood School and celebrating their incredible talents and diversity.

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