Clarendon School

Headteacher: Mr J Kipps

Designation: Moderate learning difficulties and autistic spectrum conditions

Age range: 7 to 16

Aims and purpose of the school

Clarendon is a special day school for 120 pupils aged 7 to 16 with moderate learning difficulties and autistic spectrum conditions. Twenty of these places are at the Gateway Centre which is a specialist provision for students with autistic spectrum conditions located adjacent to Twickenham Academy. Clarendon also manages the Oldfield House Provision for primary age children with behavioural, emotional and social development needs, as described below. (This page applies to the Clarendon and Oldfield House sites only.)

The school is part of the continuum created to meet special educational needs within the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. Clarendon is a place of learning for all. Everyone who works here shares the same vision for the school. We want it to continue to be successful, to be part of the community and, above all, to provide pupils with a happy, safe environment where they are encouraged, supported, challenged and given every opportunity to be successful and to develop independence.

Provision, staffing and facilities

The school is equipped to deliver the full national curriculum, adapted to meet the needs of our pupils. Pupils due to begin in September will be invited to attend an afternoon in school in June to meet their new classmates and teachers. There are between eight and 15 pupils in each class.

Classes are taught by the class teacher except in PE, music and French, where specialist staff are used.

The school has the equivalent of a full-time speech and language therapist, a part-time speech and language therapy assistant, part-time occupational therapist, a part-time occupational therapy assistant and a part-time physiotherapist.

We have a large and dedicated team of teaching assistants who support the teaching staff in delivering an individually differentiated curriculum to the pupils.

Entry criteria

The borough’s special educational needs panel, taking into account the child’s statement of special educational needs, the SEN Code of Practice, parental preference and the views of the headteacher and governors, make decisions regarding the placement of pupils to Clarendon. The school caters for pupils who have moderate learning difficulties including those with associated behavioural, social and emotional difficulties and those with an autistic spectrum disorder.

Identifying and reviewing needs

Each pupil has an annual review where priority targets are agreed. These form the basis of the child’s individual education plan (IEP) and their termly targets. Pupils progress is monitored using national curriculum levels or, where appropriate, P scales as well as standardised literacy tests.

Staff observe, evaluate and assess pupils’ progress on a weekly basis. Each IEP is reviewed regularly and new targets devised. These are shared with parents and pupils.

Access to a broad and balanced curriculum

The school is able to provide the full national curriculum, adapted to meet the needs of individual pupils. As well as a challenging academic curriculum, staff also provide a wealth of opportunities for pupils to develop independence through life-skills based activities, holiday schemes, social occasions and clubs.

We follow appropriate aspects of the religious education curriculum. Parents can withdraw their child from RE if they wish.

Home-school links

We work in partnership with parents and carers, and our home-school agreement makes clear the ways in which parents, pupils and staff are expected to work together to ensure the best learning opportunities.

Parents are welcome to visit the school and speak with a member of the leadership team, without appointment between 9.00 and 9.30am daily, or by appointment at any other time. Each half-term a newsletter is sent home to keep parents informed of recent or forthcoming events and the achievements of pupils. We also offer more formal opportunities each term for parent and teacher consultations, when IEPs can be discussed.

The school has a family support worker who helps parents with issues concerning their children, from completion of application forms to advice on out-of -school clubs and activities.

Of course, there are many other occasions when we are pleased to welcome parents and carers into the school. These include concerts, exhibitions and plays as well as opportunities to help in class or on trips.

Links with mainstream schools

Clarendon School is pleased to have excellent links with a number of mainstream schools, allowing inclusion opportunities for whole classes in key stage 2 and small groups or individuals in key stages 3 and 4.

Transition to the next stage of education

All pupils in year 11 attend a link course at a local further education college. Transition reviews are held for pupils from year 9 onwards. We work closely with Connexions who also attend transition reviews.

Oldfield House Provision

Oldfield House is an off-site provision for a maximum of four pupils aged 7 to 11 with behavioural, emotional and social development (BESD) difficulties. Staff work closely with the three primary schools that have enhanced specialist teaching provisions for children with BESD needs. Oldfield House also provides support for mainstream pupils on a sessional basis. The provision is part of the continuum created to meet special needs within Richmond upon Thames.

The borough’s special educational needs panel, taking into account the child’s statement of special educational needs, the code of practice, parental preference and the views of the Headteacher and governors, make decisions regarding the placement of pupils at Oldfield House .

We work in partnership with parents and carers, and parents are welcome to speak to the Head of Oldfield House or the school leadership team by appointment, regarding the placement of pupils.

Contact the Clarendon School

Hanworth Road,
Hampton
TW12 3DH

Telephone: 020 8979 1165
Fax: 020 8941 3069
Email: info@clarendon.richmond.sch.uk

Updated: 16 November 2010