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Many of the senior leaders have autistic children, including the owner. The Ziggurat Method is the foundation, starting immediately on entry: is breakfast needed, or talking, energy-release or calming, an independent teaching task or sitting and reading? It’s an individually-tailored approach. There is a huge demand for places for children with pathological demand avoidance (PDA), so school is running a pilot nurture class for a group of four students ...

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Head of education

Since February 2018, Francesca Arocas. Qualified as a primary and early years teacher in 2000, training in a mainstream primary with an unusually large percentage of children with autism and moving with this cohort from nursery through reception and year 1. Then on to work in an all-though special school as teacher, key stage leader and deputy-head where ‘there was nothing we didn’t learn’. However, she hadn’t trained in autism so an MA followed, from the ‘huge motivation’ of having her own autistic son. ‘Many of the senior leaders have autistic children, including the owner, yet with different experiences as each child is different.’ A short spell with the Priory Group ended with her realisation that she wanted to effect change more quickly than she thought possible in a large organisation. <br...

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Special Education Needs

We are an independent co-educational day school providing specialised education for up to 90 pupils aged 11 to 19 years with an autism spectrum disorder, autism, Asperger syndrome and associated social and communication difficulties. At Eagle House School (Sutton) we aim to be much more than just a school. Our specialist teaching offers an unique approach to working with learners with autism and Asperger syndrome. We believe we develop the global needs of our children, not just their education. Our children and young people are supported by an experienced, well trained multidisciplinary staff team supported in the classroom by psychologists, occupational therapists and speech & language therapists. We use the Eagle House approach to autism which involves designing our intervention models using the Ziggurat approach, structured teaching (the TEACCH approach) and positive behaviour support.

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
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 Y
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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