The autism-specific school in Hertfordshire provides primary, secondary and post-16 support to 55 pupils. Attached to the school is a residential building called ‘The Lodge’ which caters for up to 14 pupils on either a weekly or termly basis.
Ofsted reported that ‘all children thrive at the school’ and that ‘each child receives uniquely tailored care and support’. The report also gave mention to the dedication of the staff and the positive impact this has on each student, saying: “For each child, the staff work together tirelessly to identify preferred and effective routes to improve and evolve communication.”
One parent quoted in the report said that the school had been "supportive, understanding, and the biggest thing is that they listen". Another parent said “the staff have been patient without limit.”
More than 1 in 100 people are on the autism spectrum, including an estimated 120,000 school-aged children in England. This means that someone sees, hears and feels the world in a different, often more intense way. But if affects each child differently and can make school life very difficult. For instance, some children are so sensitive to light or sound that an overhead light or humming computer can be physically painful and make it almost impossible to follow a lesson. For others, a small change to the day’s schedule, like the school bus turning up late or a sudden change to the seating plan, can feel like the end of the world.
The National Autistic Society’s Radlett Lodge School understands how difficult these seemingly small things can be for autistic children and helps them to overcome some of these challenges.
Jo Galloway, Principal of Radlett Lodge School, said:
“It’s testament to the effort of all our staff, pupils and parents that Ofsted have recognised the school’s residential provision as ‘outstanding’ for the second year running!
“All of our staff work very hard to make sure that the children and young people get the very best care, the best opportunities and the best start in life.
“Autism is a serious and lifelong condition but we’ve seen time and again how the right help and support helps our students fulfil their potential, and it’s a privilege to be part of that journey.
“Great results like this keep us motivated to keep up the great work and keep doing our best for the children at Radlett Lodge School.”
For more information please contact Jo Estrin on Jo.Estrin@nas.org.uk or call 020 7903 3539.