In 2008 Louise Drummond joined Autism Spectrum Partners’ Heathermount School as a Teaching Assistant. She began working towards her NVQ Level 2 whilst at the school and over the course of 18 months completed her Level 2 and 3 in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools.

In 2011 Louise began completing her Higher Level Teaching Assistant course where she was able to lead small groups of children in the classroom environment. She achieved a First class BA (Hons) degree, and became a qualified teacher after completing her final assessment.

Louise started her three year degree in ‘Children’s Development and Learning’ in 2012 at the University of Reading studying one day a week at University whilst working full time at Heathermount School for the remaining four days. Headteacher Ruth Bovill said:

I am so delighted to have been able to support Louise through her teacher training. It is wonderful that she has been forming important relationships with our students and understanding their needs. Louise is a credit to the school.

Louise was really pleased and said: “I am now a fully qualified teacher. I have gained lots of skills and improved my knowledge in order to teach the children effectively in line with the Government expectations and school policies. I have been fully supported by The Disabilities Trust and Heathermount School. Headteacher, Ruth Bovill, has been my mentor throughout the training. She has always pushed me to achieve whilst imparting valuable knowledge throughout.”

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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