Welcome to Heathermount

We are a non-maintained special day school, owned by The Disabilities Trust, set within 14 acres of stunning grounds in Sunningdale near Ascot. At Heathermount we cherish all of our students and ensure that provision is tailored to meet individual need. We offer learning packages to children and young people aged between 4 and 19 with a diagnosis of ASC, dependent upon ability, needs, and interests.

All staff have high expectations for students and are very proud of the amazing progress every student makes once they are secure, settled and understood. We are determined to create a learning environment which builds confidence and allows for staff and children to flourish. All our students access the National Curriculum with a view to enter for nationally recognised accreditations which include GCSEs and Functional Skills. Running in tandem with the National Curriculum, we offer a range of vocational qualifications which include Skills for Working Life, Catering & Hospitality, Business Administration, Horticulture and work experience opportunities.

All students are helped to become independent, confident young adults who are able to leave school and enter the world of further education or employment. We are privileged to have small teaching groups and a dedicated team of teaching and therapeutic staff who work relentlessly to find solutions to any barriers that might hinder learning. Heathermount is a wonderful place for children to thrive and we would encourage you to visit and explore for yourself.

For more information, please see the Heathermount School website.

Further information can be found on the Ofsted website. Our quality report outcomes are also published annually.

Our Aims

  • To provide high quality, flexible, person centred education for the children and young, recognising the individual and unique needs of our students.
  • To continually develop and improve our service provision to achieve an outcome focused, holistic service, delivering a special, inclusive and innovative resource
  • To provide an exceptional service which balances high quality with value for money, providing the solution of choice for students, parents and Local Authorities alike.

Working with the National and Vocational Curriculum is an important framework and a vehicle to shape students' future inclusion in society when they leave Heathermount.

Equally important are the strategies that we create for the students, enabling them to independently manage the impacts of their autism upon their day to day lives.

Our approach includes the use of social drama, teaching graded thinking and process based instruction, and a system of personal tutoring and counselling, with emphasis on body awareness, personal and social education and vocational training.

Our staff

We are committed to providing a highly motivated and skilled staff team to deliver the best possible service to the students. Heathermount employs qualified teachers experienced in delivering both a primary and a secondary curriculum for children and young people with Autistic Spectrum Conditions. Teaching Assistants at Heathermount are trained up to NVQ Level 3.

Heathermount employs qualified tutors to provide vocational courses leading to nationally accredited and recognised qualifications in Horticulture, Work Based Horticulture, Catering and Hospitality and Business Studies. We also employ an extended range of multidisciplinary professionals, including:

  • Speech and Language Therapists
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Educational Psychologist
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Assistant Psychologist

Access to the range of therapeutic support is fully inclusive in the cost of a placement at the school.

Our approach

Although individuals with a diagnosis on the autistic spectrum can differ greatly, they share a common cluster of underlying difficulties around:

  • Communication
  • Social interaction
  • Flexibility of thoughts or imagination

Some students may also have additional sensory/motor co-ordination, organisational and developmental issues. At Heathermount we engage in a holistic, person centred approach, which recognises and encourages partnership working with parents, carers and a range of professionals to deliver a robust curriculum and supportive learning.


As well as being fully compliant with OFSTED, our corporate Quality Assurance department oversees a regular external inspection and ad-hoc visits set against the OFSTED's own quality outcomes. This ensures that standards are maintained and built upon regularly. The inspections and audits include seeking feedback from all stakeholders, including service users, families, and local authorities. Following an Ofsted inspection in January 2015, Heathermount was judged to be a 'good' school.

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