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Sometimes it takes Coxlease to discover undiagnosed autism, or to teach those at the high functioning end how to come to terms with it. ‘Once they have the right structure around them, they become comfortable and confident quickly, and the trajectory is steep.' Pupils are taught in year groups and follow a mainstream curriculum. All three sciences are taught to GCSE. There’s an IT room complete with 3D printer, an art room, and a DT room which, perhaps surprisingly ...

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Head teacher

Since 2017, Darren Harte. Started his career teaching PE in a large secondary community school, moving to a special school for those with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties. Joined the school in 2015, and was part of the senior leadership team which delivered the school's third consecutive outstanding judgement from Ofsted in 2016.

Academic matters

Pupils have a diagnosis of social, emotional or mental health difficulties. Most have some learning difficulties, but these are owing to disaffection rather than cognitive problems - poor skills in English and maths because they have missed the building blocks after prolonged or serial absence from school. ‘Once they have the right structure around them, they become comfortable and confident quickly, and the trajectory is steep. Ofsted appreciates it because the children’s progress shows we are doing the right thing...

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Please note: Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

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Special Education Needs

Coxlease School is an independent specialist day school with an outstanding Ofsted report. It has an excellent reputation for providing highly effective education, care, therapy, welfare and support for girls and boys aged 5 to 19 who have difficulties with their emotional, social and mental health, as well as other complex needs often associated with autistic spectrum conditions. Coxlease School can provide places for up to 90 students.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health Y
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty Y
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health Y
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication Y
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment

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