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  • Thames Valley School
    2 Conwy Close
    Tilehurst
    Reading
    Berkshire
    RG30 4BZ
  • Head: Mr Gary Simm
  • T 0118 942 4750
  • E thames.valley@nas.org.uk
  • W www.thamesvall…yschool.org.uk
  • A special state school for children aged 4 to 16 with a primary diagnosis of ASD (high functioning).
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Reading
  • Pupils: 46
  • Religion: None
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Good 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Good 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good 1
      • Personal development, behaviour and welfare Good 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Good 1
    • 1 Full inspection 5th May 2016
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Fujitsu has sponsored a classy innovation centre, with seriously high-powered computer equipment to feed the children’s love of cyberspace, while the science lab displayed work on bacteria and viruses alongside the usual periodic tables. We heard from a parent who was receiving training from the psychologist in how to explain to her son that he was autistic; the strategies included support for his brother too ...

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Headteacher

Since 2014, Gary Simm BEd MA NPQH, 50s. After studying DT and education at Leeds, began teaching in mainstream secondary schools in Kent and Medway, rising to the challenge of integrating specialist ASD units in two of the schools. Tired of what he terms ‘the treadmill of getting results in secondary,’ he seized the opportunity of a move to specialist education, and a chance to increase the aspirations of ASD students at TVS (as they call it). ‘When most kids arrive here, most parents aren’t saying they are going to university, but they’ve easily got the potential for doing it’. He was quick to introduce an adventure learning programme, involving outdoorsy pursuits, like skiing, rock climbing, and horse-riding, and which demonstrated results that were ‘way and above beyond what I wanted to achieve’. His...

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