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Vijita Patel

Principal and National Leader of Education, Swiss Cottage School.

Vijita Patel
Vijita Patel is the Principal of Swiss Cottage School, Development and Research Centre, a special needs school for children aged 2 to 19 in the London Borough of Camden. 

The school is a designated National Teaching School, leading an alliance of schools, organisations, and higher education partners to provide teacher training and support school improvement priorities across the region and country.

As a National Leader of Education, Vijita supports Headteachers, Senior and Middle Leaders, SENCOs, and Local Authority teams on leading locality and provision developments as the complexity of need increases with this new generation of children with SEN. She has contributed to the development of programmes for teacher training and leadership development, and also worked with post-graduate students on personalised learning through research on cognitive processing.

Swiss Cottage School, Development and Research Centre is one of eight schools in the country to have six consecutive 'Outstanding' Ofsted Inspections. Vijita is also a Trustee for the Varkey Foundation and Swiss Cottage School Charity.