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There’s a warmth about the place. Students seem happily engaged in what they are doing, whether they’re busy making brightly coloured face masks, or engaging in one-to-one sensory work. A wonderful smell of freshly cooked food wafts through the corridors. It’s nearly lunchtime and a couple of students have been making pizzas. The cafeteria seems pretty much like any high-street café...

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Since 2015, Mr Charlie Rivers. Clean shaven, dressed in a smart suit and full of bounce. Walking round, it’s clear that he knows all the children and that they know and like him. One high fives him, another greets him with an imaginative comment about his nose.

Started out teaching at Huntington County Primary in 1989. Felt mainstream was not for him, so in 1991 moved to Saxon Hill, a special school in Lichfield, which ‘absolutely lit the blue touch paper’, he says. In 2003, he went to work for Staffordshire LEA as an SEN advisor, then was promoted to management role in improving standards. Spent a year as deputy head at Horton Lodge, a primary school for children with complex medical difficulties, where conductive education was the approach used...

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Special Education Needs

Horizon School is an independent school and part of the Priory Group, an independent provider of acute and severe mental health, neuro-rehabilitation and specialist education services. The school caters for day and residential pupils from four to nineteen years who have autism.

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 Y
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
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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