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Key information

  • Day
  • 7 – 16
  • Boys / girls
  • Bluebird Provision - specialist ASC provision
  • Functional Skills, BTEC, Entry Level and GCSE qualifications
  • Educational Psychology, Occupational Therapy and Speech and Language Therapy
  • Accredited Positive Behaviour Support Training in place for staff 
  • Autism Education Trust Qualified Staff

To maximise opportunities for children and young people at Olsen House School education and support are provided in very small class sizes. The school follows the National Curriculum where appropriate and each young person has their own tailored timetable designed to take into account individual educational and learning needs. Children and young people enjoy studying for a wide range of qualifications including Functional skills, GCSE’s and BTEC, there is also a high emphasis on learning outside the classroom e.g. Duke of Edinburgh and Forest Schools.

The school offers a variety of different learning spaces which include; Science laboratory, Art room, Computing and IT, Food technology, Nurture learning space and a Therapeutic support and quiet space.

There are extensive outdoor social and play areas including the garden area which hosts a poly-tunnel where children and young people can learn about horticulture and grow some of their own food. The school also has its own allotment space within the community allotments and children from Bluebird work weekly at the allotment. They have received a number of awards from RHS.

The school accesses local sports and leisure facilities and uses a number of community based settings for much of this learning. These links have been forged by the school’s Cultural Learning and Development Officer and the Pupil Cultural Ambassador, offering opportunities for children and young people to visit galleries, theatres, community projects and places of cultural and spiritual importance.

Specialist staff work within in schools Bluebird provision. It has been developed to meet the needs of children and young people who may have a primary diagnosis of autism alongside other diagnosis including ADHD, dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia and sensory processing disorders.

Specialist teacher’s work closely with an experienced clinical team to provide the best support and care is provided for each and every child and young person.

At Leaways School we use Sleuth to analyse and record behaviour and development of our pupils. This software sits alongside our own assessment framework that can measure the progress of our pupils in relation to the essential skills.