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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
  • E [email protected]
  • 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: 132 (25 boarding places available for two nights a week in year 7-11; longer post-16 )
  • 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..

While there’s some zoning and code-operated doors, these are kept to a minimum, out-of-reach handles and vigilance for the most part as draconian it gets. Deliberately so: controlled freedom is the best way of acquiring life skills, feels head. For those who are ready, sessions on autism give pupils an insight into their own behaviour, thoughts and actions, with plenty of reference to role models from Newton to Mozart. Knowledge is often a relief, says head, who has witnessed ...

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Since 2012, Ms Rachel Watt BEd NQPH (40s). Previously deputy head. She joined the school after returning from a year’s teaching in Oz.

Lives in Epsom with partner, also a special needs teacher, and has two 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 a way no other career could match. After taking a degree in the education of...

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Who came from where

Who goes where

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
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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Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

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Further reading

If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

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