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Local offer and SEN report

Read about our local offer on the Cheshire East council website

Download our local offer submission

Download our Special Educational Needs report

Church Lawton School is a free school owned and operated by The National Autistic Society's Academies Trust. We cater for children aged 5-16 on the autism spectrum who have an Education Health Care Plan.

As a specialist provision, all of our students must have a diagnosis of autism. During their first six weeks, all young people undertake a comprehensive baseline assessment. This allows staff to ensure that all pupils’ needs are being met. Should further needs be identified, this would be communicated appropriately and involve the appropriate professional for the identified need. All of our staff are autism experts.

Pupil progress is tracked constantly and carefully monitored, and we have systems to use this data to support tracking. As professionals we regularly discuss any concerns we have as well as celebrate any achievements. Parents are encouraged to speak to the SEN Coordinator about any concerns they may have, as we have in-house expertise on special educational needs.

Support is also provided through external services, including occupational therapy, physiotherapy, educational psychology and speech and language therapy. Individual students have personalised timetables in order to meet their particular needs.

Students are taught in small groups, where groups have been determined through a group rationale process, so that work can be clearly differentiated and individualised to their needs both within and between groups. Differentiation is embedded in our curriculum and practice. We have a tailored personalised curriculum and regular Learner Progress Meetings with children and their families helps us to monitor this and reflect on the next best steps. Our senior leadership team have regular meetings throughout the academic year to check progress of all pupils.

Pupils have six assessment check points throughout the academic year and education staff use these to monitor progress and check learning. Should pupils experience difficulty in any identified areas, the school will ensure an intervention strategy is implemented to support the student.