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Each child has a tutor who works with them all day, though the tutors rotate to ensure pupils are able to work with different people. Despite constant input by tutors, there is a strong belief in ‘just enough support’ allowing pupils to try for themselves every time before helping - even if the resulting holding back results in breakages (‘three screens were broken in one episode but if we are too fearful we will never let our pupils extend themselves’). Parents raved about …

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Park House School uses Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) and Verbal Behaviour (VB) to educate children and young people aged 4 to 13 years with autism and related communication disorders. The school was founded in 2000 by parents of children with autism. It teaches children and young people with autism how to learn and empowers them with the life skills they need to live as independent a life as possible – from speech and language, self-care and motor skills, right through to reading, writing and maths. ...Read more

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Head

Since 2016 Kieran Bird BSc PGCE (30s). Studied psychology (planning to be an educational psychologist) but then took a PGCE at London South Bank and taught at several mainstream and special schools, finally working as head of a primary pupil referral unit before joining Park House School. A firm believer that ‘everyone has a right to an education’ and troubled by the trend of ‘inclusion for exclusion’ - which is what he fears happens when children with special needs are taught in mainstream environments.

An enthusiastic and professional, but modest, head who appears to empower his numerous staff to take responsibility. The reducing annual staff turnover must be in part thanks to his engaging and friendly style, as well as a result of providing them with space for continuing professional...

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Special Education Needs

Park House School teaches children and young people aged 4 to 13 years with autism and related communication disorders. We’re an independent, non-profit day school, registered with the Department of Education as an Approved Independent Special Needs School. We use ‘intensive intervention’ to structure our programme, using the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) and B F Skinner’s Analysis of Verbal Behaviour (VB). Teaching with ABA/VB reduces challenging behaviour and helps pupils to build on their social, play and independence skills.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
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 Y
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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