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  • Gretton School
    Manor Farm Road
    Girton
    Cambridge
    Cambridgeshire
    CB3 0RX
  • Head: Mrs Beth Elkins
  • T 01223 277438
  • E [email protected]
  • W www.grettonschool.com/
  • A special independent school for boys and girls aged from 5 to 19 with high functioning autism.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Cambridgeshire
  • Pupils: 126; 8 weekly boarders
  • Religion: None
  • Fees: Local Authority funded, private fee paying students considered individually
  • Open days: Monthly, one for Primary enquiries and one for Secondary enquiries
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Pupils are a mixed bag but many are academically able. Able to cater for high fliers - one child in year 8 passed GCSE maths recently. We saw a drama practical tutorial for a young man. This was intense and more like a university tutorial, pushing him on rather than going at a slower pace. Creativity is valued at Gretton. We saw some year 10 outstanding product design work; children engaged ...

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What the school says...

It is my very great pleasure to work at Gretton School with some of the most unique and wonderful children and young people, they are without a doubt the people that make this school the fabulous place that it is.

All of our children and young people have a diagnosis of Autism, some with additional diagnoses too, and the school is set up to support each individual to reach their very significant potential.

Alongside our commitment to delivering a high quality, broad and balanced curriculum, all of our staff have specialist training on - and some, a very personal experience of - Autism; and they are committed to making the school as inclusive, vibrant and supportive as possible.

We work hard to develop strong positive relationships with the students and these relationships form the basis of all that we do to support their learning, development and growth as they make their way through Gretton School.

We cater for learners from 5-19 years of age, with the majority coming to Gretton as day students and a small number who also board with us during the week and benefit from a full waking day curriculum. With a strong commitment to preparing young people for adulthood, our focus is not only on the academic progress of young people, but on their independence, social and emotional skills too.

We hope that you enjoy visiting our website, for more from me please visit our Open Afternoon page where you can view our virtual tour and an interview with me that our Year 11 ICT students orchestrated from start to finish.

If you are tempted to find out even more please do click on ‘Contact Us’ and get in touch, we'd love to hear from you.
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What The Good Schools Guide says

Head

Executive principle since 2019, Ian Thorsteinsson. Joined the school in 2018, after a long career in senior management of SEN, particularly in autism schools and services, including opening a school for autism in Saudi Arabia.

Head teacher is Mrs Beth Elkins. Began in further education and then later as a manager for the specialist teaching team in the local authority, advising Cambridgeshire schools on the development of their SEN approaches and provision. A qualified SENCo with experience of working across all ages, from primary through to adult learners, she brings a wide knowledge of pan-disability needs to the Gretton table.

Entrance

Generally, students join the school at the usual times – at the beginning of a term and the start of a key stage - but there are exceptions. Prospective students have an...

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Special Education Needs

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia Y
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 Y
VI - Visual Impairment

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