Our High COIN Centre


A High COIN centre within a mainstream school supports pupils with autism and those with communication and interaction needs (COIN). Pupils who attend The Treehouse benefit from a personalised curriculum. They are taught by specialist teachers and supported by SEND teaching assistants who deliver lessons individually and in small groups to meet each child’s needs. Each child in the centre is also a member of their mainstream class so they are able to spend dedicated planned time with their peers to develop social skills, access the wider curriculum and genuinely feel part of life at Epsom Primary and Nursery School.


We named our centre ‘The Treehouse’ because it is a safe and nurturing addition to our school community. We incorporated the treehouse firmly within the tree logo showing that it is an exciting and fun place for our centre pupils to learn, achieve and shine within the safe branches of the wider school.


By having, The Treehouse COIN Centre based in our school, pupils, staff, parents and families of both the mainstream and specialist setting benefit from the expertise, facilities and inclusive practice to benefit all children across the school.

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Our Vision 

Our vision for the centre is to provide a safe and nurturing environment with outstanding specialist teaching. We will support our children so that they can learn and flourish in their own community and be part of a familiar setting, which allows children to access an individualised curriculum to allow them to reach their full potential. The centre reflects our school vision to continue to be truly inclusive so that ‘Every Person Shines’.

Our Centre Provision

The Treehouse is a carefully designed space, situated in the heart of Epsom Primary & Nursery School. The Treehouse benefits from two spacious and well-resourced rooms, called Pine room and Oak room, and a group room (‘The Cabin’). Our sensory room (‘The Den’) and the garden, which can be accessed from both Pine room and Oak room. We have access to all our mainstream facilities including our Forest School learning area and Arts Room.


The Treehouse is led by the Head of Centre, Sandra Dutton and the children are taught by specialist teachers and supported by SEND teaching assistants. This high staff-to-pupil ratio enables the pupils working in the Treehouse to receive the personalised provision and an adapted curriculum as set out in their Education, Health and Care Plan. This includes working closely with Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and other outside agencies enabling them to thrive and grow.