About us

The London Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy (LCCCP) is a registered charity.

We have been working with disabled children and young adults since 1963.

We are the only Centre and independent school in London for children with cerebral palsy aged from birth to 14 years, which offers a specialized approach known as Conductive Education.

Our aim

Our aim is to inspire children with cerebral palsy to develop independence, confidence and self-esteem and to achieve their full potential. We teach children who come to our school and sessional activities how to develop and apply physical skills in everyday situations so they can be as independent as possible, now and in the future.

Our services

We run:


Our history

The charity was first established as The Hornsey Trust for Handicapped Children in 1963 by Peter Rigby, then Mayor of Hornsey, and latterly became The Hornsey Trust for Children with Cerebral Palsy.

Its aim initially was to provide education, training and leisure activities for people with learning difficulties.

The Hornsey Centre was officially opened in 1967 by its Royal Patron, HRH Princess Alexandra and provided a number of day centre type services for young people up to the age of 25 with a range of disabilities. Over the years these services became more focused on providing support to children with cerebral palsy.

In 1988, in response to parental demand, The Hornsey Trust incorporated conductive education into its work for children with cerebral palsy. It raised significant funds to extend its facilities and opened the Conductive Education Centre.

Focussing initially on pre-school children and their parents, the Centre soon added a full-time nursery for 3 to 5 year olds and a school group for children aged 5 to 7 years.

In February 1999 the Centre achieved Department for Education and Employment Approved School status as an independent special school for children up to the age of seven, (Key Stage 1 of the National Curriculum).

In 2007 we extended our school provision to Key Stage 2 of the National Curriculum for children up to the age of eleven.

The Centre also ran block sessions and summer schools for children and established a training service for parents, schools, teachers, learning support assistants and other professionals working with children with cerebral palsy in mainstream settings.

Our values

We are:

  • Committed to Conductive Education
  • Pioneering in our approach
  • Encouraging to children, families and staff
  • Enthusiastic about the services we provide
  • Continuously learning about what we do
  • Supportive of those around us

Our future

We are a very exciting time in our development. We have secured a new site at Coppetts Road, Muswell Hill, which will allow us to expand our Centre and increase the services and facilities we offer.

We will be able to:

  • increase the range of facilities and equipment for children who come to the Centre
  • double the number of children with cerebral palsy and other motor disorders who come to our school and early intervention sessions
  • provide Conductive Education support for adults with a range of conditions including Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s and people recovering from a stroke
  • build relationships with our neighbouring community by opening up the Centre.