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'He’s now developing his interests, talking of wanting to save animals and asking what he will need to do to succeed in that - all born out of managing anxiety.’ All sit, say hello and tell how they feel, using the school’s four coloured ‘zones of regulation’: blue for low, tired; green for calm, ready to learn; yellow for happy, perhaps with some anxiety; red equals on the way to a meltdown ...

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Head of education

Since 2016 Katherine Walker. Now in her fifties, Katherine began teaching in mainstream primary and became increasingly interested in the learning of children with autism and how these children might be supported to lead a better life. She first joined the school as deputy head, becoming head within the year. ‘I love seeing how we can help children of all abilities learn new skills and develop their individual natures, and start to become who they want to be.’ Katherine is most pleased with the three learning pathways, developed to meet the broad range of ability in the school, and also the development of a new curriculum blending functional and academic learning, with therapists and teachers working collaboratively.

Entrance

Pupils are aged 5-11 and have a primary diagnosis of autism; some additionally diagnosed with ADHD,...

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Special Education Needs

We are an independent co-educational day school providing specialist education for children aged 4-11 years who hold a statement of special educational needs for autistic spectrum disorders and Asperger's Syndrome. We aim to be more than just a school and are unique in our multi-disciplinary approach to working with children with ASD. We believe we can develop the global needs of our children not just their education. We provide our parents and families with outreach support into the home to help with establishing routines, managing behavioural issues and providing advice and support. Our resident multi-disciplinary team consists of in-house speech and language therapists, psychologists, an occupational therapist and a music therapist. The team works alongside the class teachers, to provide a holistic approach for each child and a range of much needed family support including home visits and training workshops.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
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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