Students writing on the board in class
Students writing on the board in class


Be kind Try your best Thrive

Situated in the historic market town of Dunstable, Stannard School offers a safe and supportive educational environment for young people aged between 5 and 18, primarily with anxiety around education.

Our young people may also have a number of diagnoses including ASD, ADHD, FASD, anxiety and/or, communication and interaction, cognition, and learning needs.

Our vision is to provide a learning environment where young people can thrive, feel supported, safe and are then able to leave school happy with relevant experiences and outcomes to enable them to contribute to the wider community.

Stannard School, founded in 2024, is named after the Stannard family, from Bedfordshire. This family of artists and musicians, notably the Stannard sisters Emily, Lilian and Ivy who took inspiration from the surrounding Bedfordshire countryside. At Stannard School, our learning experiences take inspiration from the Stannard family’s interest in nature and we promote opportunities for on-site experiential learning in conjunction with The National Curriculum, including Forest School, Sensory Circuits, Physical Education and outdoor craft. Furthermore, our classroom names are all named after British wildflowers with the school being divided into the zones representing the four seasons of Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter.

Passionate about education

We are passionate about what we do and that’s providing a high-quality, aspirational education for children offering individual learning programmes. We take a holistic view of each of our children, offering individual care and a complete range of support that’s constantly evolving with their needs.

  • Small bespoke groupings of 4-6 children plus a class teacher/tutor and at least one Teaching Assistant per group across our spacious site, with appropriate boundaries in place to safeguard all children.
  • Within the Polaris Community we have six SEN schools across the UK who work together to provide each pupil with a tailored, diverse and appropriate education in a safe, supportive environment that promotes engagement, inspires learning and encourages achievement.
  • Our schools offer safe learning areas for our younger pupils to ensure they are able to thrive and grow while receiving high quality teaching based on the National Curriculum. Teachers adapt the pupils learning to suit their ability and needs. We want to make sure that our pupils, regardless of age feel welcome and secure throughout the school day.
  • Younger pupils are taught through the National Curriculum ensuring a broad and balanced curriculum which is tailored to match their academic ability in all subjects.
  • Older pupils have a broad curriculum leading to external accreditation which may include GCSEs, functional skills, ASDAN, Entry Level and AQA awards. In addition to these enterprise-driven qualifications, Entry Level Employability Skills and Towards Independence programmes will be offered. There is a key focus on next steps and aspiration throughout school with a strong careers offer.
  • The on-site team will be equipped and trained to support children with individual communication needs working alongside our SALT team.
Teacher helping student in the class


Polaris Children’s Services
Chair: Jo August
Malvern View
Saxon Business Park, Hanbury Road,
Stoke Prior
Bromsgrove, B60 4AD

01582 824742

Headteacher & Designated Safeguarding Lead

Michael Davis
Stannard School
Ridgeway Avenue, Dunstable,
Bedfordshire, LU5 4QL

01582 824742

Part of the Polaris Community

Within the community, we have independent fostering and adoption agencies who have been passionately improving the lives of young people for over 30 years, as well as Leaving Care services, Education and bespoke children’s services contracts. Our nurturing community works collectively to support the very best outcomes for each and every child in our care. We’re ambitious for our children and young people, families and staff, and believe in their futures.

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