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'The school is visually quite unappealing but has lovely green space,' said one parent. Pupils are a mixed bag but many are academically able. Able to cater for high fliers - one child in year 8 passed GCSE maths in summer 2016. Creativity is valued at Gretton. We saw some year 10 outstanding product design work; children engaged. One year 10 boy has developed an enthusiasm for knitting and made enormous knitting needles from broom handles. Another student is…

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Since September 2016, Zoe Kirby. Joined Gretton in 2014 as deputy head and was promoted when former head Tina Harris was appointed principal. Formerly deputy head at Clare Lodge, a secure unit for girls with mental health problems, for seven years. Previously a mainstream teacher of PE and science for 10 years, but has always had a pastoral role.

Caring, humorous and professional, Zoe Kirby has started to make some changes already and one of the first has been to bring in Darcy the dachshund, a lively puppy, as a therapy dog. Stressed children lower their voices, calm down and enjoy spending time with her. There is a rota for dog walking too.

Academic matters

Gretton is a specialist autism provision for children aged 5-19 with high functioning autism and Asperger’s syndrome. They...

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Special Education Needs

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