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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. A kind, caring place with exceptional, patient staff.  ‘I trust the school,’ was said frequently, and, more than once, ‘I know my child is…

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Doucecroft provides high quality specialist education for pupils with Autistic Spectrum Disorders. Day places and weekly boarding are available.

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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 relaxed manner which emanates throughout the school....

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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 Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory Y
Has SEN unit or class Y
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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