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  • The National Autistic Society Thames Valley School
    2 Conwy Close
    RG30 4BZ
  • Head: Ms Amanda Makoka
  • T 0118 942 4750
  • E [email protected]
  • W…s/thames-valley
  • A special state school for children aged 4 to 16 with a primary diagnosis of ASD (high functioning).
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Reading
  • Pupils: 49
  • Religion: None
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Requires improvement 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Requires improvement 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Requires improvement 1
      • Personal development, behaviour and welfare Good 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Good 1
    • 1 Full inspection 7th December 2021
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 4th 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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Opened September 2013

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head teacher

Since 2020, Amanda Makoka BA PGCE. Graduated in Drama from The University of Northumbria, before taking a PGCE in 2006 in drama at the University of London at Goldsmiths College. Taught up to A’ level English and drama in mainstream schools in London before taking the position of senior teacher in charge of teaching, learning and assessment at Annie Lawson School in Berkshire, a school for pupils with special educational needs. Assistant headship, later promoted to head, at Mabel Prichard special school, Oxford, allowed her to hone her personal leadership skills. During this time, also graduated with a Master of Arts in Education, Leadership and Management at Oxford Brookes University in 2015.


A specialist school for 5-16s, under the direction of the National Autistic Society Academies Trust. All children have an EHCP, and a...

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Who came from where

Special Education Needs

Interpreting catchment maps

The maps show in colour where the pupils at a school came from*. Red = most pupils to Blue = fewest.

Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

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Further reading

If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

Children get into the school from here:

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