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If your child is a plane spotter, you’re in luck. The school is set on a small airbase, and the playground has a view over those sitting on the tarmac, and coming in to land. It looks like a Portakabin from the outside, which once inside expands into a Narnia-like warren of classrooms. The teaching staff – passionate, dedicated and brilliant are words parents use - includes eight qualified CABAS  teachers and master teachers, and the others are all in training for the qualification. Pastoral care extends way beyond the school gates – staff will...

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What the school says...

A specialist independent school for children with autistic spectrum disorders. Uses CABAS - Comprehensive Application of Applied Behavioural Analysis to Schooling. Use ABA to deliver a curriculum in line with needs identified on the child's IEP.

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Since September 2016, Dr Emma Hawkins. She has been with the school since its inception in 1999, as director of education. She is a qualified teacher, a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst, and a CABAS Associate Behaviour Analyst. Before joining the school, she worked on home programmes with autistic children.


Pupils must have an EHCP and a diagnosis of autism. Gaining local authority funding for the place is ‘always a battle’. The school gets involved with tribunals to a limited degree, providing assessments and acting as expert witnesses at tribunal hearings. Capacity now increased to 80.

Few children join at four - most children join at points along the way, often when they have done a year or two in another school which hasn’t gone well, or at the transition point between primary...

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Special Education Needs

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
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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