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  • Freemantles School
    Smarts Heath Road
    Mayford Green
    GU22 0AN
  • Head: Mr Price
  • T 01483 545680
  • F 01483 545699
  • E
  • W www.freemantle…
  • A special state school for pupils aged from 4 to 19 with autism and complex social communication needs
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Surrey
  • Pupils: 140
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Outstanding 1
      • Early years provision Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Personal development, behaviour and welfare Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 3rd November 2016
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 9th November 2012
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

...a huge emphasis in and out of lessons on communication skills. Extensive speech and language therapy and sensory resources are being rethought so they’re increasingly fun, messy (water and flour both feature), ‘irresistible’ and something of a holy grail – designed to encourage children to work together...Previous attempts to concentrate on the more able students didn’t go down well with parents, who successfully argued against it – this is very definitely a school that listens. But while needs and abilities differ hugely, ‘it all happens,’ says head. ‘My son is reading and writing. We thought he never would,’ confirms mother.

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Since 2010, Mr Justin Price, BEd NPQH PGDip Autism, 40s. Previously headteacher at Portesbery School in nearby Camberley, which caters for children with severe learning difficulties including autism, he has extensive experience in other well regarded special schools, most in Surrey and Hampshire, including Ridgeway Community School in Farnham and Henry Tyndale in Farnborough.

Fascination with future career started at 16 when his mother, who taught hearing impaired children, spotted him ‘lying around the house, not revising for GCSEs,’ and asked him to observe a boy with special needs ‘so they could prove he needed to be in a special school setting. I went in and watched him jumping on the tables and giggling uncontrollably while he was doing it and was hooked.’

He completed a degree...

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Special Education Needs

Freemantles is a local authority day school for pupils with complex social communication needs, who usually have a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder. We take these children and young people from across the whole of Surrey. We have pupils from rising 5 up to 19. We use TEACCH, PECS, Intensive Interaction, Attention Autism, Social Stories and Sensory Processing strategies to support the development of our students, and have a maximum of nine students in a group with an average ratio of one adult to two students.

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
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
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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