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  • Alderman Knight School
    Ashchurch Road
    GL20 8JJ
  • Head: Mrs C Steel
  • T 01684 295 639
  • F 01684 295 639
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  • W www.aldermankn…
  • A special state school for pupils aged from 4 to 16 with moderate learning difficulties, complex needs, and autism spectrum disorders.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Gloucestershire
  • Pupils: 119
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 2nd April 2014
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 8th December 2010
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

They take exam success seriously but have realistic expectations. Due to additional needs, some of their children will not fare well with written formal examinations but can excel at coursework and practical work so they choose the qualifications carefully. Children were keen to show teachers what they had been doing in the morning and a group of children was talking excitedly about Pompeii and volcanoes: 'I wonder what it would feel like to know your home was going to be destroyed,' said one girl. They have a forest school in one corner of the grounds...


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Head teacher

Since 2006, Clare Steel. 'Personable, warm and professional,' is how one mother described her. It is a good description. Steel has established a strong rapport with pupils and parents. She started her teaching career as a chemistry teacher at Stroud High School for Girls before joining Alderman Knight School - first time around – from 1992 to 1995. She worked at the Whitminster Pupil Referral Centre, Cam House Special School in Cheltenham, and Kingsmead Secondary School before becoming the SEN adviser for Gloucestershire and an Ofsted inspector. She was then a school improvement adviser before returning to Alderman Knight.

Academic matters

Alderman Knight is often described as a halfway house between a mainstream and what many people perceive a special school to be.

'Expectations are really high here,' says Steel. Ofsted...

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Special Education Needs

Alderman Knight School caters for pupils who have moderate learning difficulties plus emotional and behavioural difficulties, communication difficulties and ASD.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory Y
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
VI - Visual Impairment

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