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An intense centre of excellence for a behaviour approach to education, in a spectacular contemporary building, which is uplifting for the parents even if the students are not aware. ‘Not sure my son gives two hoots’, said one mum...

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TreeHouse is an independent special school for children with autism. We deliver highly individualised personalised learning for children with autism using the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis.

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Since September 2016, Kerry Sternstein, previously head of Shaftesbury High School, a special needs school in Harrow. Education degree from Sunderland University; joined Shaftesbury School in 1996 and took over the headship in 2014 after 10 years as deputy head. She also teaches and mentors trainee teachers.

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The school takes from age 3, but in reality many children are not placed by local authorities so early. All students have a diagnosis of ASD, many are severe and 80 per cent are non-verbal. With 16 children in the primary stages, classes are small. More children join at the secondary level, particularly as interaction difficulties in mainstream become apparent. Another bulge in numbers occurs at sixth form level.

The four primary classes are named after trees, Maple, Willow etc and are taught...

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Special Education Needs

TreeHouse is an independent special school for children with autism. We deliver highly individualised personalised learning for our pupils using the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis. We are based in Muswell Hill, North London and have excellent links for integration with local mainstream schools. All our pupils are funded by their home LEAs. Many of our children have multiple diagnoses but all will have a primary diagnosis of autism.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory Y
Has SEN unit or class
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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