At Church Lawton School we believe in academic excellence. In our specially designed environment for autistic students, your child will build on their strengths, learn with confidence and enthusiasm and achieve the very best they can.
We are a local school, educating children from East Cheshire, Staffordshire and Stoke. We opened because our research showed that autistic children need this specialist provision to thrive academically and socially. We have spaces for 60 children and every child here has the potential to achieve well academically. We have high expectations of them all.
We designed and built our school specifically for autistic children, and have created a comfortable, quiet and spacious place to learn. Our classes are small and all our staff are trained and experienced in working with autistic children. We see how relieved children are when they come here - at last they have found a school that understands them.
We celebrate your child’s strengths and recognise what they find hard, and help them to develop all their skills through a highly individual programme. Above all, we take time to get to know your child so that they enjoy school, learn well and become ever more confident in their own abilities.
Every child in our school has a diagnosis of autism and we have designed our approach and environment to make Church Lawton School a great place for them to learn.
Our pupils have the potential to do well academically, and the individual programmes we create for them encourage them to thrive, grow and exceed expectations in everything they do.
We have individual learning areas in every classroom for times when a child needs to learn alone, and in our separate specialist learning centre we can support children with more complex needs.
A child with a particular gift for a subject can study at a level that challenges them, thanks to our flexible timetabling. We encourage all our pupils to take external exams and expect most to pursue their education at a university level.
Many of our children are talented in science and media technology subjects, and our staff expertise and resources mean that they explore these subjects creatively and in depth.
More than this, we help each child to build their own personal, social and life skills so that they leave us as confident, resilient and valuable young adults with an important contribution to make to the wider world.
A National Autistic Society Academies Trust school
The National Autistic Society Academies Trust was established in 2012 as a subsidiary of the National Autistic Society. Its purpose is to establish and operate autism-specific free schools and academies. We’ve run autism-specific schools for over 50 years and continue to innovate all the time; we now have a thriving employment offer too, helping 1,000 employers last year to understand autism better. We are committed to developing outstanding schools that improve outcomes for young people with autism.
A key factor in this vision is that children and young people receive the right education, one which equips them to make informed choices. Church Lawton School is hence the realisation of the National Autistic Society Academies Trust vision, since we increase the achievement, choice and opportunity for our young people.
“Izzy was first up this morning (dressed and ready) and we have had a wonderful evening. I think Izzy is really enjoying her new school and as a result is much happier at home.”
“Miryam is telling me that she learned about light using elastic bands, coloured glass and mirrors. Miryam never discussed her day at school before so this is wonderful progress.”
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