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Once through the gate, it’s like entering a portal into another world. The atmosphere is like no other we’ve experienced in tours around many decent special schools. That’s to do with the physical environment, nothing short of idyllic. But it’s also down to an approach which makes such blinding sense. In simple terms, it’s about not trying to make autistic students fit into the model of education which runs for the rest of the population. When you see it in operation here…

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Joint co-ordinators

The school is part of the Camphill Community, a movement based on communal living where management is a team affair. Ochil Tower has four joint co-ordinators, who take responsibility for different aspects of running the school.

We met Hilary Ruprecht, the co-ordinator who looks after admissions and pupil reviews. She has more than 20 years under her belt at the school, and is immensely warm and likeable. While staff and volunteers live communally with the children, that’s as alternative as it gets. The curriculum, pupil tracking, safeguarding aspects are all organised and scrutinised to the best modern standards.

Ruprecht’s husband Ueli is also on the management team, looking after admin, building and finances. Neil and Margaret Snellgrove complete the team, with responsibilities including education, therapy and...

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Special Education Needs

Ochil Tower is an independent, day and residential, Rudolf Steiner School practising 'curative education'. The school provides for pupils from eight to eighteen years who have moderate, severe and complex learning difficulties and may have social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic Y
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 Y
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 Y
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication Y
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty Y
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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