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Whatever a child is doing, it is planned with the curriculum in mind. ‘Nothing should take place without a reason behind it. Nobody gets on the bus, walks across the playground, even has five minutes downtime in class without a reason.’ 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…

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Since September 2017, Lisa Price.

Academic matters

Independent special school with two attached children’s homes for students aged between 5-19 who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or evidence of behaviours that might indicate the condition. Students may also have OCD, attachment disorder, dyspraxia and so on. Majority of students aren’t verbal.

Follows national curriculum, adapted to match students’ needs, which include issues with communication, sensory regulation and engagement. Academic range from P levels — most working around levels 5 or 6 — up to level 3 of the national curriculum. Classes split roughly by ability, aiming to keep within key stages.

Whatever a child is doing, it is planned with the curriculum in mind. ‘Nothing should take place without a reason behind it. Nobody gets on the...

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Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

Special Education Needs

Rugeley 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
Aspergers
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
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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