Doucecroft School A GSG School
- Doucecroft School
Eight Ash Green
- Head: Mrs Alison Jane Smart Ba Pgce Addipsen
- T 01206 771234
- F 01206 571964
- E doucecroft_school…tism-anglia.org.uk
- A special independent school for pupils aged from 3 to 19
- Boarding: Yes
- Local authority: Essex
- Pupils: 50
- Religion: None
- Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
- Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report
What The Good Schools Guide says..
The site covers about four acres so there’s plenty of outside space including gardens that the pupils work in, lots of grass, pitches and a submerged trampoline. And take note of the very popular chickens and rabbits. ‘When my son came to Doucecroft he couldn’t write his name. Two years later he has written me a lovely card, which is fabulous,’ said one happy mother.
What the school says...
Doucecroft provides high quality specialist education for pupils with Autistic Spectrum Disorders. Day places and weekly boarding are available.
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What The Good Schools Guide says
Since 2012, Jane Smart. Worked at Doucecroft for 24 years, 10 of them as deputy, before taking on head of education. A Geordie and proud of her roots, with a wry humour. University of Hull (history) with advanced diploma in special needs from Cambridge. Always wanted to teach children with special needs. Vastly experienced in the field. ‘I started teaching at a pioneering time for special education and have seen it develop tremendously over the years.’ Every parent gave glowing references. ‘A fantastic head,’ said every time. ‘Very approachable and committed to the children,’ and, ‘she sees their point of view.’ One admiring parent said, ‘What she doesn’t know about ASD isn’t worth knowing.’ Pragmatic and capable, nothing seems to faze her. Calm and approachable with a very relaxed manner which emanates throughout the...
Special Education Needs
Doucecroft provides day and weekly boarding places for pupils with Autistic Spectrum Disorders. The National Curriculum is adapted to meet the individual needs of pupils with ASD, providing an increased emphasis on communication and physical education. Pupils are taught in small classes with a high level of adult support. Doucecroft caters for pupils with a wide range of ability and levels of autism.
|Condition||Provision for in school|
|ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder||Y|
|Aspergers Syndrome [archived]|
|Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders||Y|
|Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]|
|CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia|
|Delicate Medical Problems [archived]|
|English as an additional language (EAL)|
|Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory||Y|
|Has SEN unit or class||Y|
|HI - Hearing Impairment|
|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|