The Walnuts School is a centre of excellence, for children and young people with autistic spectrum disorders, delivering a range of services within a 52 week care and 38 week educational provision. It works in partnership with parents, other professionals, interest groups, other schools and the local and wider community.

In a purposeful, ordered and safe environment, based upon mutual trust and respect, the school gives children and young people the experiences necessary to develop the knowledge, skills, understanding and attitudes that enable their personalised learning. It provides opportunities for pupils to progress to a fulfilling life of maximised independence.

Within the Walnuts community, children and young people develop their self-esteem and self-awareness by enjoying and achieving within a framework that encourages a healthy lifestyle. Physical and emotional health is promoted both with them and their families, by utilising the school’s expertise and resources.

Within the school community, we believe that all individuals should be treated with unconditional positive regard and that everyone has skills and experiences that should be respected and celebrated. The values and ethos of the school reflect these principles and everyone’s entitlement to equal access to high quality, lifelong education. The school believes that listening to the views of the children and young people within it is crucial to achieving this, and this is facilitated formally through school councils and informally through staff attitudes. 

The promotion of individual’s communication and social interaction skills is central to the range of approaches to learning and teaching and these support opportunities to progress academically, aesthetically, physically, socially, emotionally and spiritually, and to develop the ICT and technological skills necessary for today’s society. 

The school recognises and respects a range of cultural backgrounds and beliefs and as a community, fosters tolerance and understanding.

The school implements inclusion and outreach, working in partnership with local schools and the local authority. At secondary level the school also works in partnership with other bodies to provide information, advice and guidance, work experience and vocational education in preparation for transition to adult life and economic well-being.

The school shares expertise and organises training within both the local and wider community, in order to enhance opportunities for children and young people with autistic spectrum disorders. It maintains and develops the knowledge of staff and encourages them to make progress in their careers, providing staff development and training, both “in-house” and externally.

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