School Ethos

"I am different, not less" : Temple Grandin

Dignity and Respect

All pupils are entitled to be with dignity and respect

The School believes that:

  • Pupils with a diagnosis of Autism can learn effectively if they are given a range of appropriate structured programmes, which address their deficits and build upon their strengths.

  • Pupils with a diagnosis of Autism have the right to aspire to the highest standards attainable and that their achievements should be recognized and praised.


  • All pupils should be helped to take responsibility for their own lives and be 


  • Enabled to live as independently as possible.


  • All pupils should be encouraged to make decisions and speak for themselves through any means of communication available to them.


  • All pupils have the right to participate in the community in which they live.


  • All pupils are entitled to an education that enables them to make progress so that they achieve their best, become confident individuals living fulfilling lives, and make a successful transition into adulthood, whether into employment, further or higher education, independent or supported living.

The School’s curriculum provides:


  • Personalised access to a differentiated curriculum that has breadth and balance appropriate to meet each individual pupil’s needs.


  • Developmentally and ability sequenced learning targets


  • An emphasis on learning to learn, and the enjoyment of learning.


  • Evidenced based approaches that maximise teaching and learning.

  • Positive behavioural support plans devised and motored by Behavioural analysts.

  • The teaching of functional communication skills with guidance from Speech and Language therapists.


  • The teaching of functional skills and sensory management with guidance from Occupational therapists.


  • Teaching and learning opportunities throughout the school day, on site and off site, including opportunities for age-appropriate play and leisure interactions both between staff and pupils and amongst peers.