Robert Ogden School - Part of the NAS Education Group
Special needs catered for
As autism specialists we aim to offer your children with autism the education they need to develop their self-confidence, their academic skills and their life skills.
Our buildings and facilities at Robert Ogden School have been developed to be autism-friendly. With a large hall for assemblies and a smaller hall for enrichment activities such as karaoke, as well as a modern school hall with a huge range of new equipment, everyone here can enjoy cultural and social activities that they enjoy. We also have a basketball court and outdoor football pitch.
Sixth form facilities include state-of-the-art IT facilities, vocational facilities such as manufacturing, horticulture and catering, a pottery room, sensory room and a dark room. Students can also benefit from a sensory curriculum, or learning about working in a shop environment through our pupil-run shop on site, or a catering environment by our sixth form pupil-led café using a specially designed kitchen. We also have a teaching flat for students to learn independent living skills in preparation for adulthood.
Our two main residential homes, Clayton Croft in the school grounds and Thurscoe house, located in the village of Thurnscoe, are low-arousal, secure places to live where each individual is treated with respect and encouraged to make their own choices.
Support services provided
We have a personalised support team including a senior educational psychologist, a speech and language therapist, a part time occupational therapist, a behaviour co-ordinator and a speech and language therapy assistant. We also have a residential care support team who work to support our residential students.
Home school links
Home School Diaries, regular news letters, parent workshops.
A stimulating and active environment that has recently undergone extensive refurbishment. The school caters for pupils across primary, secondary and post-16, and all children have access to a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum. Two off-site residential units provide 38-week residential places for up to 20 children.
We also have a 52-week purpose-built children’s home adjacent to the school site providing up to 16 full time placements. The emphasis in residential is on training in social and life skills, and staff work closely with the school to provide an extended curriculum and consistency in approach.
Every child and young person at Robert Ogden School is made to feel understood and welcomed, and follow the key stages of the National Curriculum which is flexible and fully adapted to them as an individual, so that they can learn at their own pace.
Aims and philosophy
We want every child with autism to receive the education that they deserve, and for them to feel happy and valued at school. Our aim is to support them to achieve and to make a positive contribution to the world.
At Robert Ogden School we help our students prepare for life after school, and our enterprising activities not only do this but give students something they enjoy and look forward to – especially our fudge making factory in the school! Our students help to make and package fudge as part of a project with the National Autistic Society’s adult services, which is then sold at national events.
Staff qualification and selection
All our staff are professional, caring and dedicated and are trained to work with young people with autism.
The Senior leadership team meets once a week during term time to discuss the pupils’ learning and development and welfare. The residential care team also works in school, providing support to the educational staff.
Teachers with subject experience are employed in addition to those with specialist qualifications. The school has a comprehensive in-service programme and is committed to the NVQ programmes for care worker training.