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It’s a school which recognises that academic achievement and rigid attendance is not the be-all – that, as one parent put it, ‘There is so much more to education; physical, mental and social needs are just as important as academic progress.' While friendship groups may be small, it can be a relief to children to finally find themselves among others of their ilk. ‘It’s a very empathetic group of students; they have all been on some journey,’ Farnham says. The school has its own Cookie Bar, where students can get paid work experience. This is a converted London double decker bus, with a…

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A school for children with acute or chronic medical conditions, hemiplegia or mild cerebral palsy; mental and/or emotional health needs; and mild autism.

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Since 2015, Melissa Farnham. Her youthful appearance belies a long pedigree in special needs education. Most recently at Treloars in Alton, Hants, which is a school for physical disabilities. The Stepping Stones position feels like a homecoming, to her special interests of complex learning difficulty; ‘a more intriguing world’. Her former posts have included head of PE at London independents The Moat in Fulham (for dyslexia and dyspraxia), and Blossom House in Wimbledon (for speech and language difficulties); and seven years as deputy head at Meadows Sports College, a local authority special school in Sandwell, West Midlands. She has also worked for the Youth Sports Trust as national lead for SEN, and with the Teaching Development Agency, looking at ways of integrating SEN pupils into lessons and raising standards and expectations.


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