A large proportion of students at St Clare’s have moderate autistic needs. Staff receive ongoing training to allow them to understand the needs of students with autism and to adapt their curriculum areas and teaching methods accordingly.

We use Makaton to assist some students with autism and we also buy in the services of Speech and Language therapists. We try to help our autistic students as much as we can by using symbols in our school environment. We can also access the support of the Local Authority Specialist Teacher and Educational Psychology Service.

We encourage our students to be supportive of each other’s needs and hence our autistic students tend to thrive at St Clare’s.