"learn by empowering; learn by teaching" : Dr Greg Hanley


Welcome to our new website

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Our Story...

We founded our school and community on the passionate belief that every child is unique and deserves an education that meets their needs.

The founders, Carol Howe and Jacqui Walters-Hutton were frustrated by the lack of provision and choice for families and children with Autism.  A lack of appropriate choice in the local area for a specific group of children who were unable to access the local offer meant some children were unable to access appropriate education.  With the support of a network of friends, family, businesses and the local community, The Island Project was founded in 2006.  After acquiring premises and gaining all relevant approvals, the School opened to its first pupils in 2008.

The Island Project School puts the needs of its pupils first.  Our teaching approach is learner-centred and our principal focus is enabling access to learning for those with difficulties associated autism who cannot access traditional modes of education.  

Communication, sensory and behavioural strategies are at the heart of our delivery.



"Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by it's ability to climb a tree it will live it's whole life believing it is stupid"        

- A. Einstein


What our favourite quotes mean to our pupils

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