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When you move round the school, it does not feel like a special needs school - routines very much like in any school with students waiting outside classrooms to be let in for lessons, moving around the school chatting and laughing. The junior school makes much use of the outside space (perhaps having an ex-PE teacher as a head encourages this enjoyment of the external space and physical activity?) and there is an active forest school with its own wood hut for exploratory learning from nature. The senior school feels…

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Since 2001, Mrs Sarah Salathiel (50s), who started as a PE teacher at Riverston 38 years ago shortly after graduating from Dartford College London, and has worked her way from the girls’ PE teacher via various roles to become head. She still teaches PE and is a force to be reckoned with as she races round the school teaching, handing out awards and running assemblies, meeting with parents and now working on the ‘Riverston Group’, since the owners of Riverston School have acquired a second school in the North of England. Her husband, Phillip, is now the deputy head and SENCo. Her personal drive and determination must be a large part of the growing success of the school, of which she is fiercely protective - there are even plans afoot to develop another school...

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Special Education Needs

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
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
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication Y
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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