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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

Since 2018, Stuart Provan. With his appointment and the retirement of the school's former five joint co-ordinators, the school has moved from the traditional Camphill Community model of management as a team affair, to a more hierarchical structure.

Provan is joined at the helm by Jim Alexander as head of care, and Miriam Puccianti as head of education.

Provan's career spans a broad range of social care
settings, working in a number of residential schools including as head of care, and as house manager within care homes. He has also managed a family
centre, supporting families whose children have additional needs.

Academic matters

Children placed here have moderate, severe and/or complex needs. About half of the pupils are on the autism spectrum, and some...

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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
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
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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