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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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Since 2019, Ian Thorsteinsson, who has worked at the school since August 2018. Long senior management history in specialist education, particularly in autism schools and services. Opened a school for autism in Saudi Arabia.

Academic matters

Gretton is a specialist autism provision for children aged 5-19 with high functioning autism. They try to capitalise on a student’s interests, so children have the opportunity to study subjects not always on the curriculum in mainstream. The school offers accreditation in 21 different subjects. Two students have started Mandarin this term, one is doing astrophysics, and another photography. Some are studying psychology and sociology at AS level. But while accommodating student interests they try not to have too much one-to-one tuition as this is not beneficial to those with autism who may become too reliant on one member of...

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Please note: Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

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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