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The national curriculum is adapted to a thematic approach so that children who attend nurture groups or extra therapy sessions don’t miss out on vital stages. We witnessed a group of the youngest children unaware it was a numeracy lesson, as they sang and jumped to 20. It is a densely urban area, buses and Boris bikes mixing with office workers and their sandwich bags. Nevertheless, the buildings are beautifully maintained, making the most of the original structure to create a clean and practical space. Fun touches include blue and yellow handrails, to avoid collision on the stairs...

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Meet Abingdon House School at the Independent Schools Show 2018, Stand 214

What the school says...

Abingdon House School opened in January 2005 as a major new initiative in education providing a unique education for children in need of educational support. Our class teachers are highly trained, have specialist qualifications and are effective. Our onsite multi-disciplinary team provides valuable speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and physiotherapy. Specialist literacy, maths and visual perceptual training along with music therapy are provided.

Our environment is based on understanding your child's individual needs, nurturing your child's academic and social development and caring for your child's wellbeing. Abingdon House understands the importance of discipline and boundaries. The school fosters a sense of pride and belonging that encourages your child to progress and achieve at school.
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What The Good Schools Guide says

Headteacher

Since January 2018, Tanya Moran, following the sudden departure of Mr Roy English. She joined from The Independent School, which has closed following its purchase by Abingdon's owner, The Cavendish Group. A maths and science teacher, she has also taken pastoral and well-being roles in postings including head of year and deputy head at The Harrodian.

Academic matters

Classes are named after endangered species such as rockhoppers, sea turtles and panthers and are kept small (max eight in younger years and 12 in older years). Age groups are mixed and the emphasis is on flexibility across classes to meet a child’s changing needs. As one mum put it: ‘They group them according to emotional ability and how they fit in.’ Smaller groups and pairs are formed for maths and literacy as well as therapy sessions. <br...

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Special Education Needs

Abingdon House School opened in January 2005 as a major new initiative in education providing a unique education for children in need of educational support. Our class teachers are highly trained with relevant specialist qualifications. They deliver bespoke multi-sensory lessons. Our on-site multi-disciplinary team provides speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and physiotherapy. Much of the therapy is integrated into the curriculum.Each child has a termly Individual Education Plan with SMART targets written in collaboration with parents. Specialist literacy, maths and visual perceptual training are provided. Our environment is based on understanding your child's individual needs, nurturing your child's academic and social development and caring for your child's well-being. Developing creativity and raising self-esteem are pivotal to the development of the young people. Abingdon House understands the importance of discipline and boundaries. The school fosters a sense of pride and belonging that encourages your child to progress and achieve at school.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia Y
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Genetic
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
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 Y
VI - Visual Impairment

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