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Tucked away in Woodside Park, first impressions are of a cramped and down-at-heel building. Don’t be put off. The atmosphere is calm and friendly and you hear a lot of laughter from staff and students alike. We were struck by some original approaches. We particularly liked the ‘conversation menus’ which pupils pick up at lunchtime along with their cooked lunch, in order to provide a framework for chat and social interaction with peers and staff. Sensibly, teaching is across ability not age levels. Some very bright ones go on to…

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A specialist SEN school for children with high functioning autism.

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Head

Since April 2016, Lisa Camilleri BA QTS PGDip autism PGCert educational leadership, former deputy principal of NAS Radlett Lodge School, full of bright ideas and bringing wide experience.Very keen on building community links and establishing an outreach and inclusion programme including training for autism teaching leaders. We visited just before the dynamic founding head Lucia Santi moved to set up a new school.

Academic matters

Range of pupils is quite wide academically as you would expect in a school for high functioning autism, Asperger’s, SLCN, SpLD and 50 per cent with ADHD. Some pupils deemed unteachable before coming here and many have had multiple school failures.

Pupils work towards five GCSEs but approximately 20-30 per cent take pre-GCSE entry level certificates in English and maths instead if academic levels or anxieties preclude...

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Special Education Needs

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory Y
Has SEN unit or class Y
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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