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  • The Avenue Special School
    Conwy Close
    RG30 4BZ
  • Head: Symon Cooke
  • T 0118 937 5554
  • F 01189 015 558
  • E [email protected]
  • A state special school for boys and girls aged from 2 to 19. Type of SEN provision: MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty; PD - Physical Disability.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Reading
  • Pupils: 145
  • Religion: Does not apply
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Outstanding 2
      • Early years provision Outstanding 2
      • Outcomes for children and learners Good 2
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good 2
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 2
    • 1 Short inspection 23rd February 2016
    • 2 Full inspection 11th March 2011

    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 8th May 2008
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

The central space is open plan with a comfy library and the beginnings of a role-play high street. So far there is a small fruit and veg stall set up, but the plan is to have every shop imaginable; a hairdresser, a shoe shop, a café etc, so pupils can learn and practice skills at school ...

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since September 2017, Symon Cooke. Joined The Avenue in 2001 as a PE teacher and after just 11 weeks he took on a leadership role. Went on to become assistant head, then deputy, and after overwhelming support from staff, took on the role of headteacher.

Originally from South Wales, Cooke studied primary PE at Reading University and taught at a mainstream school before joining a special school in London. He has never looked back. Passionate about The Avenue, he became visibly emotional when talking about the school and pupils. It is his second home and ‘the best job in the world'. Keen to meet parents and listen to their views on improvements, he is driven to make this school the best it can be. Parents told us, ‘The head is...

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Special Education Needs

The Avenue School is a community school catering for pupils from two to nineteen years who have severe and profound and multiple learning difficulties including physical disabilities and autistic spectrum disorders. All pupils have a statement of special educational needs. The school has an Investor in People award and is involved in the Healthy Schools Initiative. Local achievements include Reading in Bloom gold award 2005 and Pride of Reading 2005. There are links with the community and other educational establishments.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
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 Y
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability Y
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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