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  • Linden Bridge School
    Grafton Road
    Worcester Park
    KT4 7JW
  • Head: Ms Rachel Watt
  • T 020 8330 3009
  • F 020 8330 6811
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  • W www.linden-bri…
  • A special state school for pupils aged from 4 to 19 with autism and social communication difficulties
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Surrey
  • Pupils: 129
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Open days: Please check the website
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 14th February 2013
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 3rd July 2008
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Impressive subject range, including instrumental music lessons and, recently though not currently, French (was offered to secondary pupils who feature in jolly beret and onion-adorned pictures), keeps the school true to aims of pioneering school founder, Barbara Furneaux, whose work with autistic children from the 1960s onwards attracted international interest and led...

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Since 2012, Ms Rachel Watt BEd NQPH (40s). Previously deputy head, latest in a series of promotions at the school which she joined 15 years ago as head of secondary after returning from a year’s teaching in Oz.

Lives in Epsom with partner, also a special needs teacher, and has two young daughters who, note Linden Bridge parents approvingly, are regulars at school concerts (though as quid pro quo, she is a diligent spectator at their own belly dancing and cheerleading events). Daughter of dairy farmer and office manager, she discovered her vocation for helping ‘special children’ during D of E volunteering and her involvement has been pretty much non-stop ever since.

Briefly contemplated nursing and speech therapy before concluding that teaching hit the spot in...

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Special Education Needs

Linden Bridge is a community special school providing for pupils from four to nineteen years who have autistic spectrum disorders. The school caters for day and residential pupils. It has appeared in the Chief Inspector’s Annual report three times and is deemed as an outstanding provider of education and care for pupils with autistic spectrum disorders. Staff are experienced and have a great deal of expertise in the teaching of pupils with autism. There is a purposeful yet calm atmosphere throughout the school and pupils are calm and ready to learn.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
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
Not Applicable
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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