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I CAN's Meath School

Brox Road, Ottershaw, KT16 0LF, Surrey

01932 872302



I CAN's Meath School
School type Coeducational Day & Residential
Founded 1982
Special Needs ASD, ASP, AUT, SCD, SpeechLD
Headteacher Janet Dunn
Date Appointed September 2003
Number of pupils 60
Fees On request
Associations ICAN

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 Asperger’s Syndrome/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 some degree of learning difficulty, attention control, fine and gross motor co-ordination 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). There is a strong underpinning focus on thinking and learning skills which can be transferred throughout different subjects and into real life situations. Four levels of the curriculum are delivered at a modified pace and are highly differentiated to meet the needs of all pupils with severe and complex language needs. Strong multi-professional processes for assessment, planning, teaching and reviewing ensure that each pupil makes outstanding progress in language skills and learning.

Classes are primarily based on pupils’ language comprehension levels, also taking account of curriculum attainments, learning and social needs. In this way we know behaviour and progress are maximised. Class groups can include 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. Specialist teaching is offered in music, art, craft, design and PE.

Partnership with parents

Meath School staff collaborates closely with parents, sharing successes and helping with any concerns or difficulties at home. The Family Support Worker acts as a link between home and school and will visit families where needed.

The School

Meath School is housed in fine Victorian buildings and the site includes a modern 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. The school has a programme of lunch clubs, after school clubs, trumpet tuition and a summer holiday club.

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.