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  • Swalcliffe Park School Trust
    OX15 5EP
  • Head: Rob Piner
  • T 01295 780302
  • F 01295 780006
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A special independent school for boys aged from 11 to 19 with autism spectrum disorder
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Oxfordshire
  • Pupils: 69; sixth formers: 37
  • Religion: None
  • Fees: Paid for by Local Authorities.
  • Open days: By invitation
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Outstanding 2
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 2
    • 1 Short inspection 3rd July 2019
    • 2 Full inspection 13th May 2015

    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: Outstanding on 18th January 2012
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Though first impressions were more suggestive of a Georgian country house than a special school for high functioning ASD boys, in the distance a couple of boys lounged on the lawns and the shouts of a football game could be heard on a hidden Astroturf. The tranquillity was therapeutic. ‘It has a calming influence on everyone,’ said one mum. For a population who finds team sports a challenge, (‘we’ve a school of 46 individuals,’ said the head of care), we were impressed to see…

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What the school says...

Swalcliffe Park is a specialist residential and day school for boys aged 10-19 who have needs arising from their autism spectrum conditions. Across the educational day and residential settings, the school emphasises the development of students communication, independence, self-management and personalised achievement. It has received five consecutive 'Outstanding' Ofsted ratings.

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2019, Rob Piner. Previously vice principal at the school, where he has been for over seven years.

CEO since 2011 is Kiran Hingorani BSc PGCE MEd (50s). Hails from Tyneside and read biological sciences at Newcastle University before training as a teacher. Whilst a schoolboy at Stonyhurst College (‘Not the happiest years of my life, I must admit’), engaged in a school project organising holidays for disadvantaged children, which inspired him to a career in SEN. A brief period in mainstream, followed by seven years at Percy Hedley School in Newcastle for children with cerebral palsy and communication difficulties, prior to joining Alderwasley Hall School Derbyshire in 1995, later promoted to principal. Before arriving at Swalcliffe Park, travelled the world as a volunteer in community development projects, then as education...

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Who came from where

Who goes where

Special Education Needs

Swalcliffe Park School is a non-maintained special school that provides residential education and care for boys aged 11 to 19. All young people referred to the school will have a Statement of Special Educational Needs. The majority of our students will have a diagnosis of Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties or Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Our main aim and purpose is to provide a child-centred, non-confrontational, caring and supportive, integrated care and educational service for young people whose educational and social welfare needs cannot currently be met within a mainstream school.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers 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
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

Interpreting catchment maps

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Further reading

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*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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