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  • Spring Common Academy
    American Lane
    Huntingdon
    Cambridgeshire
    PE29 1TQ
  • Head: Dr Kim Taylor
  • T 01480 377403
  • F 01480 377405
  • E [email protected]
  • W www.springcommon.cambs.sch.uk
  • A state special school for boys and girls aged from 2 to 19. Type of SEN provision: ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder; MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty; SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Cambridgeshire
  • Pupils: 195
  • Religion: Does not apply
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 2
    • 1 Short inspection 27th November 2018
    • 2 Full inspection 5th December 2012

    Short inspection reports only give an overall grade; you have to read the report itself to gauge whether the detailed grading from the earlier full inspection still stands.

  • Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 28th June 2010
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Drama productions involve everyone, which parents love. Beauty and the Beast is this year’s performance. Children encouraged to audition for parts. Arts Festival held annually. We enjoyed watching dancing in the gym, everyone taking part, including wheelchair users. Pupils know each other well and strong, supportive relationships develop. ‘The children understand each other, are aware of each other and their needs. Everyone helps each other, which is fabulous.... 

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Head

Since 2007, Kim Taylor. English and special education degree from Chester College in Liverpool, Advanced Diploma in Special Education, and an MA in Education. Specialises in teaching children to read, and developed an early interest in working with children with moderate learning difficulties during her first job, where she taught English in the mainstream school and also taught in the SEN section attached to the school. Always worked in secondary schools with SEN provision before moving to a special school in Norfolk for primary children.

A bit of a super head, has taken every school she has lead to outstanding, despite them being in special measures at the outset. She was working as a general school inspector when seconded by the LA to Spring Common when it was in special measures,...

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Who came from where

Who goes where

Special Education Needs

Spring Common School caters for pupils who have moderate learning difficulties, severe learning difficulties, profound and multiple learning difficulties, and 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
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
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty Y
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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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.

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