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  • Penn School
    Church Road
    High Wycombe
    HP10 8LZ
  • Head: Mrs Mary-Nest Richardson
  • T 01494 812 139
  • F 01494 811 400
  • E office@pennsch…
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  • A special state school for pupils aged from 11 to 18
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Buckinghamshire
  • Pupils: 70
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: On application
  • Current Ofsted grade: Requires improvement on 7th May 2015
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Inadequate on 9th May 2013
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What the school says...

Penn School is a secondary school for children with communication difficulties associated with hearing impairment,speech and language difficulties and/or ASD who may have additional physical of learning problems.
Our aim is to take children with communication difficulties into our care for some period of their pre-adult life. To nurture and care for them to the highest limit of their individual abilites and to prepare them to maximise their achievements in adult life. ...Read more

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Penn School is a secondary school for children with communication difficulties associated with hearing impairment and/or speech and language difficulties including ASD, who may have additional physical or learning problems. The school exists to provide a rich and stimulating environment in which all members of the community are entitled to develop and work towards achieving their potential in academic, social and professional terms. Penn school is a small school and many children feel secure in this type of environment and are thus able to learn and therefore to succeed. We are always told what our children cannot do, but at Penn, we are much more concerned with what they can do. Our pupils can achieve much and can feel the self-esteem which comes with success. The pupils at Penn have the same rights as any other pupil in any other school. They have the same right of access to the broader National Curriculum and to study the subjects they would expect to study in their local comprehensive school and the right to achieve their potential, including obtaining examination certificates if they are able. They have the right to be treated in the manner that is appropriate for their age; our curriculum, our policies for each individual subject and our policies of residential care are designed with this in mind. We believe that happy children learn. We provide a caring but challenging environment where pupils are encouraged to establish themselves as individuals, develop self-esteem and experience real independence. We specialise in helping children who find communication and learning rather difficult. Every avenue is used to establish and develop good communication skills in all our pupils.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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