The Autism Specific Curriculum is designed to support the students in managing their autism in order that they can fully engage in learning. The multi-disciplinary team meets regularly to discuss and monitor students' sensory and therapeutic needs and to ensure that these fit into learning programmes and activities.

The Autism Specific Curriculum is designed to support and underpin the academic curriculum and places the recognition of the young person's autism at its centre.

Overview

Classrooms are well equipped and seek to create the optimum learning environment for students. Class sizes are small and each class is supported by a qualified teacher with one or more teaching assistants dependent upon the needs of the students. Heathermount recognises that at times children and young people with autism find the world a difficult place in which to function.

We seek to address this through individual learning programmes specifically designed to meet their own unique needs. This supports access to the wider school curriculum including the National Curriculum.All students attending Heathermount have access to the full range of nationally recognised accreditations which include GCSE English, Maths, Science, Art, Catering and Business Studies.

autistic pupil working in Heathermounts IT suite

We are proud of the achievements of our students. No student has left Heathermount and become a government statistic for "Not in Employment, Education or Training".

Heathermount provides the foundation for all students, regardless of the level of autism, to achieve success in the world beyond school. 88% of students at Heathermount are performing above the national average for students of the same age and need, attending similar schools (data source: CASPA 2013). Each year achievements are celebrated at our Annual Awards Ceremony and these improve year on year.

Class Groupings

Class sizes are small. Each class has a qualified teacher and at least one teaching assistant, depending upon the nature of the students' autism, the content of the subject to be taught, or the individual needs of a particular student. Students are grouped according to functional ability.

Exam Results

All students at Heathermount are entered into a variety of nationally recognised accreditations. Heathermount is a registered centre for EdExcel and Welsh Joint Education Committee GCSE exam boards as well as for City and Guilds qualifications.

Homework

Following feedback from students and parents, we have now incorporated homework into our syllabus. As with all our plans, work set by the teachers and tutors will be tailored to suit individual skills and meet each student's attainment targets. We also provide support for those parents who wish to work with their child in completing homework tasks.