Nov 20 2012

Hillingdon Autistic Care and Support – New School Proposal

HACS  – Hillingdon Autistic Care and Support – are proposing to open a Special Free School in West London for pupils aged eleven to nineteen years on the Autism Spectrum, considered to be ‘high functioning’. The school will specifically cater for pupils of ‘average’ or ‘above average’ intellectual ability.

HACS is a registered Charity and has been supporting those affected by autism across London and the Home Counties since 1997. We aim to minimise disability and maximise ability. HACS have an excellent professional reputation for delivering high quality services to families, health, social care and the education sector. The Trustees and staff of HACS believe the natural progression for the Charity is to extend our expertise to open our own school, filling a significant gap in provision for pupils on the Autism Spectrum.

There is currently a need for a school in West London to meet the needs of pupils with high functioning autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. The majority of these pupils are currently educated in long-distance day or residential placements. The HACS Free School will meet the needs of these young people within their local community promoting family and community cohesion.

Our vision is to provide a high quality specialist provision where pupils are supported to develop essential social, communication and life skills in order to make measurable progress and achieve their personal best. We seek to excite our students about school and learning through the delivery of a flexible and challenging curriculum, which is supported by a wide range of extracurricular opportunities. We will support pupils to reach their true potential and lead fulfilling and rewarding lives. An important outcome is that we provide these young people with essential social and independent living skills. Academic achievement is futile if the young person is unable generalise learnt information and function appropriately within our society. We will help students to develop a core foundation of knowledge and skills relevant to their future that will lead to increased inclusion in society and prepare them for further study, university and employment.

The school will offer

  • A ‘whole school approach’ where all staff will have extensive knowledge, skill and understanding of Autism and share the same aspirations for our pupils.
  • Access to the National Curriculum differentiated to address the differences within the Triad of Impairment and embedded within a language and communication-centred environment.
  • A person-centred education, tailored to meet each individual’s needs offering GCSE, A-level, ASDAN and vocational programmes and qualifications.
  • A holistic approach, incorporating occupational therapy with sensory integration specialism, speech and language therapy, counselling, behavioural therapies, expressive arts and movement therapies.
  • An enrichment curriculum offering independent living skills and supported work placement opportunities.
  • Outreach support service to ensure continuity and consistency of approach in the home and school environment.

Register your interest here.

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