On 25th November, five students from Heathermount School in Ascot, visited Maidenhead Heritage Centre and flew a Spitfire in a flight simulator and explored the history of the local area. One of the pupils is currently taking an AQA project qualification about flying and flight simulators and this trip provided him with many ideas for his project work

AQA is an awarding body in various subjects at GCSE, AS and A Level and offers vocational qualifications.

Henry, a Heathermount student said: “I learnt how to gently fly the plane and I had fun too.”

Deputy Head Ben Robinson said: “This trip created a great opportunity for our students to experience what its like to fly a Spitfire and to see visit the wider community.”

At Heathermount 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. No student has left Heathermount and become a government statistic for Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET). All have either progressed to colleges of further education or into the world of work.

Our person centred approach is critical to the success of every one of our students, and there is a strong commitment to a positive and progressive school experience. The key to success for students lies within our capacity to individualise the learning experience around the young person's strengths and autistic needs.

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