College Park School is a Local Authority Maintained Special School in Westminster and part of the Federation of Westminster Special School. The school caters for pupils aged between 4 and 19 with autism and complex learning needs within the moderate to severe range. This is defined as pupils with autism who also present with:
- an uneven developmental profile where autism contributes to preventing the child from achieving their academic potential;
- complex learning difficulties and typically functioning at or just below the 1st centile;
- sensory processing difficulties that may cause high anxiety levels;
- expressive and receptive language delay
- significant difficulties understanding social communication and in expressing needs, opinions and wishes in a social setting;
- high levels of anxiety expressed through passivity, challenging, obsessive or repetitive behaviour.
We aim to provide an educational environment which celebrates the uniqueness of every child and young person. We aim to be flexible and responsive to each individual pupil’s needs and aspirations and to guide their learning to enable them to succeed. College Park has a highly committed and trained staff team who have expertise in teaching pupils with autism and a range of learning difficulties. A comprehensive training programme for all staff plus opportunities for them to be involved in innovative projects enables us to expand the learning opportunities for pupils.
We adopt a person centric approach in designing the curriculum that responds and meets the needs of the individual child. It is broad and balanced curriculum which is creative, exciting, motivating, flexible and inclusive. It helps to prepare pupils for independence and engages them in the joy of learning and the world beyond school. It encompasses a thematic approach to learning, which will enable pupils to make links between the key aspects of the curriculum, whilst also identifying clear opportunities for the practical application of skills.