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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, 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.

Academic matters

Classes are organised with children grouped across a key stage according to their levels of ‘verbal behaviour’, broadly their communication skills. The school works on the CABAS system (Applied Behavioural Analysis, or ABA, adapted for schools) and central to the approach is a belief that increased communication skills are critical to gaining higher levels of independence.

Each child works one-to-one with a CABAS teacher (for teaching reasons, rather than behavioural) and each has an individual programme. This will work on: developing the...

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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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