Children and young people aged 8-18 years with difficulties with Speech, Language, Communication and Interaction, including pupils on the autistic spectrum
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Churchill Free Special School
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- Children (5-11), Young people
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- School Status
- Free School
- Academy Sponsor/Trust
- Samuel Ward Academy Trust
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- Experience of including people with special educational needs and disabilities
We cater for boys and girls aged between 8 and 18 years who are of average or above average cognitive ability, usually with a diagnosis of language and communication difficulties, high functioning autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, social pragmatic difficulties and those difficulties associated with specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia.
The pupils’ needs may be complex, creating significant barriers to learning. They may have associated behavioural difficulties, but they will not have severe learning difficulties or behaviour difficulties that relate to complex emotional problems.
Each application is assessed on an individual basis. In each case, we take account of the needs of the individual pupil and consider whether the school would be suitable to meet their needs with particular reference to the following factors.
Pupils will be aged between 8 and 18 years at the time of admission
Pupils will be assessed as performing average or above on the Wechsler scale or equivalent assessment measure
Pupils will have a statement of special educational needs/ education and healthcare plan, specifying that he/she has specific difficulties with language, interaction and communication or a diagnosis of autistic spectrum disorder, such as high functioning autism or Asperger’s Syndrome. Due to the variation in diagnostic terminology pupils may be diagnosed with an autistic spectrum disorder, autistic spectrum condition, autism, pervasive development disorder.
All staff receive comprehensive and ongoing training in meeting the needs of pupils with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Speech Language and Communication Needs.
Most teaching staff have attended the TEACCH 3-day training course.
Whole school training includes: safeguarding, manual handling, first aid, training related to administration of medication such as Epi Pens, behaviour management, Social Stories, social skills programmes and Schoolsafe training in: Legal framework, Theory of de-escalation, Risk Management and Physical de-escalation .
- Mrs Kirsty Richards
- 01440 760338
Churchill School SEND Local Offer
- Conditions Supported
Autistic spectrum conditions
- State schools