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  • Spa School
    Monnow Road
    London
    SE1 5RN
  • Head: Mr Simon Eccles
  • T 020 7237 3714
  • F 020 7237 6601
  • E [email protected]
  • W www.spa.southwark.sch.uk
  • A state special school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 19. Type of SEN provision: ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Southwark
  • Pupils: 100
  • Religion: Does not apply
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Personal development, behaviour and welfare Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 2nd December 2015
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 6th December 2012
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

The pupils’ needs lead the teaching and organisation, rather than the other way round. Parents said, ‘It is really inclusive, no child is left out, they all do the same lesson but at different levels’. Food tech in dedicated and well-equipped kitchen where we saw pupils tucking into chicken pizzas that they had made. This is a weekly class for the whole school as it also helps to encourage independence - how to use a knife, how to make a hot drink.Older pupils also gain work experience in the attached School House Café... 

 

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What The Good Schools Guide says

Head

Since 2006, Simon Eccles (50s). He has developed this school in a quiet and gentle way, making it a haven of calm for pupils with a diagnosis of autism. It has grown in size since he has been there, and a new sister school in Camberwell is in development. He trained in Australia (primary diploma in teaching) and then moved to the UK where he first taught at a primary school in Tower Hamlets, working with children with EBD while studying for an MA in psychoanalytic psychotherapy at the Tavistock Clinic. These developed his interest in special needs and autism and he worked for four years at Bridge House, a state school in Islington, where he ended up heading the autism provision in Islington. In order to develop what was becoming his specialist area...

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Who goes where

Special Education Needs

Spa School is a community special school providing for pupils from eleven to nineteen years who have autistic spectrum disorders.

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
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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Interpreting catchment maps

The maps show in colour where the pupils at a school came from*. Red = most pupils to Blue = fewest.

Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

For help and explanation of our catchment maps see: Catchment maps explained

Further reading

If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

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