Thames Valley 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.

Specialist facilities

Thames Valley School has been purpose built to provide the ideal environment for children with autism. Our spaces have been created to allow each of our students to work in a setting that makes them feel calm and motivated to work together. If a student needs time apart from others to learn and work successfully, each of our classrooms has an individual room attached for this purpose. We also have calming pods around the school for our students to relax. Our large dining area has options for eating as a group along a shard bench or in a secure pod along the wall.

Our main hall offers a space for many activities including yoga and basketball, and we have a number of play areas outside for sports lessons, football games at lunch time or simply some repose. The leisure centre next door provides a space for further physical and recreational activities.

Support services provided

Thames Valley School has been purpose built to provide the ideal environment for children with autism. Our spaces have been created to allow each of our students to work in a setting that makes them feel calm and motivated to work together. If a student needs time apart from others to learn and work successfully, each of our classrooms has an individual room attached for this purpose. We also have calming pods around the school for our students to relax. Our large dining area has options for eating as a group along a shard bench or in a secure pod along the wall.

Our main hall offers a space for many activities including yoga and basketball, and we have a number of play areas outside for sports lessons, football games at lunch time or simply some repose. The leisure centre next door provides a space for further physical and recreational activities.

Home school links

We have links with Reading College and are currently developing a rapport with East Berkshire College too, so our students have options to develop skills and take on a course once they finish school.

We spend lots of time with our students and parents and get to know them well, so we can ensure their individual plans use the approaches and strategies that meet their needs.

General environment

All our students at Thames Valley School are part of the school community, and there are many ways in which the children here can be involved in something that increases their confidence and self-esteem.

Every morning we have a breakfast club, so our children can socialise with students of various age groups before their day begins.

Our school council is the voice of our students meeting every two weeks, delegates from each class have an input on what is happening at school, from planning fundraising activities to things they would like to change about the school.

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.

We want our students to prepare for life after school, and we do this by accessing the local community as much as possible, from going out to a local museum, place of worship or monument to camping trips or visits from community police offiers.

By building strong connections with local businesses, colleges and communities we hope to both create a stronger local awareness of autism as well as inclusion opportunities for our students and other children with autism.

Staff qualification and selection

All our staff are professional, caring and dedicated and are trained to work with young people with autism.

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Thames Valley School - Part of the NAS Education Group
Conwy Close,
Tilehurst,
Reading,
Berkshire,
RG30 4BZ

Telephone

01189424750

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Email

[email protected]

Website

www.thamesvalleyschool.org.uk

Established

2013

Headteacher

Gary Simm

DFEE Registered number

Length of school year

Age range

5-19

Number on roll

50 day places

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