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  • The National Autistic Society, Helen Allison School
    Longfield Road
    Meopham
    Gravesend
    Kent
    DA13 0EW
  • Head: Kim McConnel
  • T 01474 814878
  • F 01474 812033
  • E [email protected]
  • W www.autism.org…uk/helenallison
  • A special independent school for pupils aged from 5 to 19 with autism spectrum disorder
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Kent
  • Pupils: 71 (65 boys, 6 girls)
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Fees: Day £39,385 - £66,201 + VAT; Residential £68,201 - £117,064 + VAT. Paid by LA.
  • Open days: Thursdays
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

One boy has a place at Cambridge to study maths. ‘We could never have predicted that when he was a little boy.' One ex-pupil has graduated from university in animated films, belying perceptions about the autistic imagination. ‘They are very creative, it is a social imagination they lack, not a creative imagination.'  Much of the education is community based – students go out to buy ingredients for food tech from the supermarket, and visit cafés and shops, as well as going on trips to London and on outdoor pursuits courses. Everyone goes swimming...

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What the school says...

An Independent special school for students with an autistic spectrum disorder aged 5-19. Weekly residential or Day. A flexi-boarding service for our students is available during evenings, weekends and holidays is available.

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What The Good Schools Guide says

Principal

Since January 2018, Kim McConnell (after the retirement of the previous principal, Susan Conway, who remains a consultant until July 2018).

Academic matters

One boy has a place at Cambridge to study maths. ‘We could never have predicted that when he was a little boy.' One ex-pupil has graduated from university in animated films, belying perceptions about the autistic imagination. ‘They are very creative, it is a social imagination they lack, not a creative imagination.'

The aim is for all pupils to leave with some form of qualification, so as well as GCSEs, students in KS4 take AQA entry level, OCR functional Skills, and Edexcel courses. The intake covers a breadth of academic ability, from high functioning through to severe learning difficulties. Individual curricula mean this is less of a problem than...

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Special Education Needs

Helen Allison School is an independent school, run by the National Autistic Society, providing for pupils from five to nineteen years. Pupils have autistic spectrum disorders and statements of special educational needs/EHCPs. The school takes residential pupils on a weekly basis.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia Y
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 Y
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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