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Given it’s a school where many pupils have challenging behaviour, we were struck by how peacable it is. We were also struck by the verbal ability of the students, confirming the school’s leaning towards able kids – and also their sociability, as most were happy to chat to us and explain what they were doing. In the busy art room, defying any expectations of autistic-style undecorated walls, we looked at some wonderful portfolios, and some superb photography by…

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Since 2014, Swavek Nowakiewicz. The one-time business management and ad man was looking for a change in life, and spotted a job for a peripatetic art and design teacher at Sedgemoor College, for children with behavioural difficulties. It was to mark his start in special education 15 years ago, and gave him the purpose he was looking for – relating how rewarding it was to see how quickly a child who could not read or write responded when he taught her by playing shops. He went on to become a learning support assistant, then an unqualified teacher; then qualified and went through teaching and head of department roles until gaining his first headship at Continuum Group Somerset School, and then at its Devon school. Finally he took the role of regional head teacher overseeing...

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Special Education Needs

No comment taken to the point of secrecy. As if the Priory was something out of The Da Vinci Code. SEN details added by us. Officially, the school is an independent school, approved by the DfES for boys with Asperger's Syndrome.

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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