I CAN's Meath School
Brox Road, Ottershaw, KT16 0LF, Surrey
Coeducational Day & Residential
|Special Needs||ASD, ASP, AUT, SCD, SpeechLD|
|Date Appointed||September 2018|
|Number of pupils||60|
I CAN's Meath School is a residential (weekly) and day school providing children aged 4-11 years with severe speech and language disorders, including high functioning ASD. Meath School is a unique proactive specialised learning community. The school and care settings have been recognised by Ofsted as continuously ‘outstanding’ since 2008 and are on the Ofsted Outstanding Providers list. Children with associated difficulties may also benefit from the provision. These include attention control, fine and gross motor coordination problems, mild visual and/or hearing impairments, medical needs and social interaction problems.
Learning and achieving
All pupils are taught within a dynamic broad, balanced and relevant curriculum, based on the National Primary Curriculum (2014) but highly differentiated. Classes are primarily based on pupils’ language comprehension levels, also taking account of curriculum attainments, learning and social needs. Class groups are between eight and twelve pupils, across year groups and Key Stages. Each class has a core team of teacher, speech and language therapist and at least one learning support assistant. The speech and language therapy team and occupational therapist department are a critical and integral part of the pupils' education.
Partnership with parents
Meath School staff collaborate closely with parents, sharing successes and helping with any concerns or difficulties at home. The Family Support Worker offers proactive assistance and liaises closely with social care.
Meath School is housed in fine Victorian buildings and the site includes a teaching block, gym, music, art and cookery rooms, ICT suite, small swimming pool, school field, activity play areas and a woodland park with bike track.
Meath School is part of I CAN, the children’s communication charity (www. ican.org.uk), and is an integral part of the I CAN Centre in Surrey. The Centre offers holistic multi-disciplinary independent two-day specialist assessment services, training and outreach programmes.