A Welcome Message from the Executive Principal

Headshot photo of Jo Galloway, Principal at Vanguard SchoolDear Students, Parents, Carers and the Vanguard Community,

The definition of the word Vanguard is 'a group of people leading the way in new developments or ideas'. Vanguard school will be an ambitious forward thinking specialist school, which seeks to advance thinking on what autistic people can achieve and how vital their place is in society.  Through the provision of high quality autism specific teaching our students will advance academically as well as overcome barriers they face as a result of their autism. Vanguard school will have small class sizes, passionate and experienced specialist teachers and a wonderful learning environment designed specifically for our students. 

I am highly privileged to be the Executive Leader of this school and look forward to drawing on the experience of our partner Thames Valley school and other National Autistic Society schools to develop a school that puts our students needs at the centre of how we evolve.  We celebrate diversity and believe in tailoring our approach to ensure our school works for our students. Our school is designed to support those who should be able to access a mainstream education but cannot cope in a traditional mainstream school. As such we will be adaptable and flexible and listen to our your people and their parents until together we identify the best way to support each child to success.

Our school is ideally situated in an area rich in business and work experience opportunities and we will seek to maximise these to support our students towards their own future goals for college and employment. Our curriculum will provide students with the essential skills and knowledge to enable them to lead purposeful futures and be active citizens. 

We delighted to have Antonia Evans join us as the new Headteacher this September; Antonia brings a wealth of experience to support the opening of our school.

If you are a parent please do get in touch with us to discuss what our school could offer your child. If you are a professional or a local community member or business please contact us to discuss how we might work together in the future.

We look forward to talking to you!

Best wishes,
Jo Galloway
Executive Principal


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