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A Hertfordshire haven where autistic children can develop increasing confidence and independence as well as academic skills. The lessons are mostly practical and fun. A literacy lesson might involve an introductory group session with a book, puppets or drama, followed by highly structured individual programmes, with children perhaps learning to copy their name, or recognise symbols. High wire fences and locked gates seem forbidding but in fact give pupils freedom to wander their in own areas with no danger of…

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Radlett Lodge School is a special independent school for girls and boys aged from 4 to 19 with ASD. Takes weekly boarders and offers weekend and holiday short breaks.

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Since January 2013, Ms Jo Galloway BEd MA NPHQ (40s), previously deputy head. Originally planned to be accountant, ‘but school organised for me to do some work experience in a special school. I didn’t want to go, but I loved it.’ Studied education at Leeds; a job in an all-age all-needs special school kindled a great interest in autism, and she did a masters in attitudes towards inclusion for children with ASD. Despite being very pro inclusion, she researched specialist autism schools to develop her knowledge. The first National Autistic Society job vacancy that came up after that, 13 years ago, was at Radlett Lodge, and she has been here ever since, as lead teacher, then deputy, then principal. She was tempted by the headship of the National Autistic Society new free school in...

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Radlett Lodge School delivers high quality services to children with Autism and is committed to meeting their individual needs, allowing them to reach their full potential and lead a fulfilling life, in an environment in which they are treated with dignity and respect. Staff are highly motivated, enthusiastic and skilled, in working with children with Autism; and this is supported by a comprehensive training package that is in place for all Staff. The school believes in strong partnership with the parents and believe this relationship to be central to maximising learning and development of the child across all settings. The school curriculum is designed to be specific to the needs of children with Autism with a clear emphasis on communication, social and life skills. Opportunities are provided for pupils’ development through national curriculum subjects at the appropriate level for the child. The welcoming residential unit provides places for 13 children to board on a weekly basis and provides, a highly valued, respite care /short breaks service, to pupils both from within the school and externally, at weekends and during school holidays. The school operates an outreach service available to schools in nearby authorities. Dec 09.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
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
Not Applicable
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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