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  • Columbia Grange School
    Oxclose Road
    Washington
    Tyne and Wear
    NE38 7NY
  • Head: Mrs Lesley Mavin
  • T 0191 691 3940
  • F 01912 193865
  • E [email protected]….sunderland.gov.uk
  • W www.columbiagrange.org.uk/
  • A state special school for boys and girls aged from 2 to 11 with severe autism.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Sunderland
  • Pupils: 115
  • Religion: Does not apply
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • Early years provision Outstanding 2
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 2
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 2
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 2
    • 1 Short inspection 23rd February 2016
    • 2 Full inspection 18th March 2011

    Short inspection reports only give an overall grade; you have to read the report itself to gauge whether the detailed grading from the earlier full inspection still stands.

  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 27th June 2008
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

The curriculum is built around topics which interest the children so a party is the basis for writing lists and invitations, making cakes, weighing and measuring. 'Children with autism won't do it just for a tick or a smile from the teacher; it has to be purposeful and functional.' One mother commented: 'What I like is that everything is practical and interactive so he gets involved. He comes home and tells me what he's been doing, whereas in mainstream he was so stressed he could not communicate...

 

 

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What The Good Schools Guide says

Head

Since 2014, Lesley Mavin, formerly deputy and then acting head at Evergreen Primary School, Bishop Auckland, a special school for children aged 2 to 11 years with severe, profound, and multiple learning difficulties, and autism spectrum conditions.

Mavin has a long involvement with Columbia Grange as she previously spent seven years there as a teacher. As well as her role as headteacher here she is head of Sunderland's autism outreach team which supports 1,400 children in primary and secondary mainstream schools.

Calm and organised, Mavin fosters excellent relationships with staff and parents and the happy atmosphere in the school is a testament to her approach. The school's motto is Little Steps, Big Aspirations for All, but a better one might be Constantly Adapting.

Entrance

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Who goes where

Special Education Needs

Columbia Grange is a community special school providing for pupils from two to eleven years who have a range of special educational needs. Pupils have severe and complex learning difficulties and may have autistic spectrum disorders. The school provides outreach advice to mainstream schools who have pupils with autism.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
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 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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Interpreting catchment maps

The maps show in colour where the pupils at a school came from*. Red = most pupils to Blue = fewest.

Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

For help and explanation of our catchment maps see: Catchment maps explained

Further reading

If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

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