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  • Columbia Grange School
    Oxclose Road
    Tyne and Wear
    NE38 7NY
  • Head: Mrs Lesley Mavin
  • T 0191 219 3860
  • F 01912 193865
  • E columbia.grange@s…
  • W
  • 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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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, multiple learning difficulties and autism spectrum conditions.

Mavin has had 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 also 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.


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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
English as an additional language (EAL)
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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