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'We also teach leisure skills’, said the head, ‘how to sit and enjoy a book or how to enjoy the pool table’, and we witnessed a trio in a structured game of Monopoly.  Music is a treat in a secluded mixing studio in the grounds. There is no typical Tadley child, and their individuality is evident as you meet them, one boy bounded up to us with a big ‘halloo’, another enjoyed acting as doorman and a third hurried away on his own agenda ... 

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A specialist day school with residential accommodation catering for girls and boys with autistic spectrum disorders and associated learning difficulties; some will also have challenging behaviours.

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Since 2016, Lesley Walkden, BAQTS (early 40s). Took a degree in biology at the University of Winchester, before embarking on a teaching career as an early years specialist in a mainstream primary school in Newbury. In her own words, ‘then I ran away’ to learn to teach in Indonesia, acquired the language and opened an early years unit at the British International School in Jakarta. A move to Thailand and Dulwich College School in Phuket was cut short by the 2004 tsunami, after which she was employed in a similar capacity in Shanghai. A return to the UK saw her arrive at Tadley Court School in 2007, first as teacher, then deputy, prior to taking over the headship. ‘This is a really special place’, she blushes with pride. ‘Before, I moved round every two...

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Special Education Needs

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
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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