Specialist Schools and Colleges

Pupils’ artwork to grace walls of prestigious gallery

One of the winning entries from The-Grange School's art competition for World Autism Awareness Week

Manchester Art Gallery to host World Autism Awareness Week exhibition

A school which serves Manchester’s autistic community and their families has joined forces with Manchester Art Gallery to launch an art competition culminating in an exclusive exhibition to mark World Autism Awareness Week (27 March – 2 April). 

The competition was organised by Gorton-based Grange School, and received more than 100 entries from pupils, parents and school staff across Manchester living with autism. Judges are selecting 12 winners who will have their work exhibited in the prestigious gallery.  

Inscape students hosting #BIGBLUEBAKE in celebration of world autism awareness week

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InCafe is hosting a Big Blue Bake to mark this year’s World Autism Awareness Week.

Pupils and staff are inviting the public to join them for afternoon tea with a difference offering guests a selection of blue cupcakes, sponges and cake pops.

The café situated inside Inscape House School, a specialist school for young people with autism spectrum condition, provides pupils with the opportunity to gain essential employability skills.

Students who work at InCafe not only learn culinary skills, but also time keeping, numeracy, problem solving, teamwork and the opportunity to interact with customers.

Headteacher Anne Price said: “Blue is recognised as the international colour to promote autism awareness.

Inscape student stands as youth parliamentary candidate for Stockport

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Inscape student Beth Smith is standing as a candidate for youth parliament to give a voice to young people in Stockport.

Inscape is a specialist school catering for children and young people aged from five to 19 with autism spectrum conditions and related social communication difficulties.

Beth, 17, will be campaigning to create more awareness of mental health and the issues that can affect young people, positive body image and LGBT equality.

She is also supporting the youth parliament’s campaign to reduce the vote to 16 and create a curriculum for life, equipping young people with the skills for life outside the classroom.

She has been attending youth council meetings for the past six months, but it will be her first time standing for a seat.

Ashcroft school receives generous donation

The Together Trust’s Ashcroft School has received a generous £70,000 donation from the Hillcrest Grammar Educational Trust.

The funds will be used by the specialist school in Cheadle to support children and young people who have struggled to cope in other settings due to their individual barriers to learning or complex emotional needs including ADHD, ASC and brain injuries.

Eileen Sheerin, Head Teacher at Ashcroft School, said: “We are hugely grateful to Hillcrest for this substantial donation, the money will go toward the refurbishment of our Nurture Group and will allow us to send some of our young people to France as part of a history project.”

RNIB schools, college and residences

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Eshan's Story

Meet Hardeep and his 9 year old son Eshan in RNIB's new film introducing its specialist schools and residences for children and young people with vision impairment, complex needs and additional disabilities.

Hear Hardeep's own experience about how RNIB's education, care and therapies have helped his son who attended RNIB Sunshine House in North London and is now living and learning at RNIB Pears Centre in Coventry.

Ginny Tyler, Head of Children's Health and Care Services at RNIB, also features in the film talking about the individually-tailored support we offer.

A place where every voice is heard and celebrated

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St John’s Catholic School for the Deaf is a school where spoken language is used across every department and where every young person communicates equally and successfully with others. St John’s is a specialist school for sensory and communication needs where skilled staff help students to develop a love of learning, and to achieve their best.

The school provides an optimum listening environment through small teaching groups and sound fieldtechnology in acoustically treated classrooms.

Barriers to learning are removed by specialist teaching staff who are qualified teachers of hearing and multi-sensory impairment as well as specialist speech and language therapists who provide 1:1 sessions and group therapy.

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Astley Village autism specific school rated 'outstanding' across the board

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A school in Astley Village, Lancashire, for young people with autism, has been rated ‘outstanding’ by the education regulator, Ofsted.

In its report, following an inspection last month, Ofsted praised Oliver House School for: enabling pupils to “make outstanding progress”; “promoting personal, social and cultural development extremely well”; having “extremely strong” links with parents;and having a “passionate” school principal in post.

The school was rated “Outstanding” overall and for all areas inspected, including in “effectiveness of leadership and management”, “quality of teaching, learning and assessment” and its “sixth form provision”.

Local school scoops £1,000 with futuristic creation

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Whist it may appear that ‘Pokemon Go’ is taking over the world, youngsters at Castle School have created their very own futuristic friends that are set to challenge the latest craze.

Recently, local business Mick George Ltd in its drive to educate children on recycling, set youngsters in schools throughout its operating areas of Peterborough, Cambridge, Northampton and Boston the task of producing a ‘Recycle.Bot’ out of recyclable materials. They were asked to provide a name for their Robot and also details of any superpowers it posses to help the environment.

Shiver me timbers they're all talking like pirates at highdowns

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Buccaneers and scallywags waved the Jolly Roger and had fun walking the plank during ‘Talk Like A Pirate’ day at Highdowns, a rural service for people with learning disabilities near Camborne, Cornwall.

Service manager, Jenna Betts, said: “Today is ‘International Talk Like A Pirate Day’ so we’ve all given it a bit of the old heave-ho to plan a fun-filled pirate-themed day as a fundraiser in aid of MIND.

“We were ho-ho-hoping for a good turn-out, having invited quite a number of landlubbers – friends and family – to join us for the day, and we weren’t disappointed.

“Fancy dress was optional, but our service users love the excuse to dress up, so there have been a lot of eye-patches, pirate hats and skulls and cross-bones around today.

Disability Further Education College ‘Nash College’ in Bromley achieves ‘Good’ in Ofsted Inspection

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Nash College – a Further Education college for young adults (19-25) with a range of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) in Hayes, Bromley - has just been recognised for providing a good standard of education, being rated as ‘Good’ in all categories in an Ofsted report that was published in relation to the inspection on July 5-7th July 2016. The college is one of the services run by the national charity – Livability