Swalcliffe Park School, which caters for those with autism, has once again been praised by Ofsted inspectors for the outstanding care of its students.
Built in the 1960s Swalcliffe Park has taken on many different guises but for around the past ten years it has specialised in teaching boys with a diagnosis in Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), which is mainly Asperger’s Syndrome. However many have additional needs arising from other diagnoses such a Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), dyslexia, dyspraxia and language impairment.
The school caters for up to 45 students ranging in age from 11-19, on a day or by term boarding basis. The school is also a registered children’s home and so is able to offer a 52 week residential provision and holiday respite.
Although located in Swalcliffe near Banbury, students come from across the country, funded by their own local authorities, such is the level of the school’s expertise in dealing with those with autism.
Mr Kiran Hingorani, the principal of the school explained: “A lot of our students are only here because their mainstream school relationship has broken down.”
The school takes a holistic approach to enabling its students to function after they leave, not just concentrating on learning and education but providing life lessons
Mr Hingorani added: “We help in a number of ways, in communication, in learning independence and how to behave in the community, and we teach self management of anxiety and other pressures.”
Indeed this was an area highlighted by the Ofsted report.
Inspectors said: “Outcomes for young people are outstanding. They receive carefully and sensitively delivered support. Young people on the autistic spectrum, who struggle with change because of their disability, have their anxiety minimised.”
Swalcliffe is no stranger to praise from Ofsted having ‘outstanding’ ratings previously and Mr Hingorani knows why. He said; “Its due to the dedication of our staff, a clear structure to work to, a strong team ethos and strong links to parents.”