Admissions Frequently Asked Questions
What are the age ranges of the school?
Park House School goes from age 4 to 13 and Tram House School goes from 13 to 19. BeyondAutism also run a Post-19 service for young adults aged 19 to 25 as well as an Early Years’ service for children aged 15 months to 5 years.
What is your method of teaching?
We use the principles of Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) to underpin our teaching strategies. ABA helps us to understand how behaviour works and how it is affected by the environment. By applying this to learning, ABA can help with increasing language and communication as well as academic and self-help skills.
All our teaching is completely personalised to the individual. All pupils have an ABA Tutor who is with them during the day and runs their programme with them. ABA programmes are written by the class Supervisor. We also have Therapists on site (Speech and Language and Occupational) who run sessions individually and in groups. Pupils also participate in group sessions run by a Qualified Teacher.
How can I visit the school?
We hold open day tours each month. To book a place on a tour please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 3031 9700.
Do you do individual visits?
We do not hold visits outside of the open days as it can be quite disruptive for the pupils to have visitors throughout the day.
Will there be a peer group for my child?
As well as a diagnosis of autism, the majority of our pupils have additional learning difficulties. Many of our pupils have find communication difficult and so use a range of Augmentative and Alternative Communication methods such as Makaton signing or Picture Exchange Communication Systems.
What is the admissions process like?
First, parents/carers come to an open day to view the school. If they would like to go to the next step, we proceed with an informal assessment which takes about an hour (see below for more information). The prospective pupil comes in and we have a play session with them, to see if we can meet their needs. We then need to receive ‘consultation’ for the pupil from the Local Authority (including all paperwork such as EHCP/annual review) as well as the placement to be agreed by the Local Authority.
What is an informal assessment?
We run these short (45 mins to 1 hour) assessments throughout the year for prospective pupils. During these, the prospective pupil goes with 2 of our ABA Supervisors for a play session and parents go with a member of the Admissions Team to answer questions about their child, so we can get a fuller picture of their skills and needs. We run these assessments weekly but sometimes there is a small wait as we assess people on the waiting list.
How do I request a change of placement for my son/daughter?
When finding a new school for your son/daughter, the Local Authority should ask you for 3 names of schools you think would be suitable. You can also ask for a change of placement during an annual review or you can request an emergency annual review if you feel your current placement is not working.
Do you take privately funded applications?
We can only take privately funded pupils in exceptional circumstances (i.e. if they are in the country for a short time). State funded pupils take priority in our admissions criteria.
I have just moved to the UK, how do I get a place for my child?
All of our pupils must have an Education, Health and Care plan (EHCP) so you need to apply for one of these from your Local Authority. They will then ‘consult’ with us for a place.
What is a typical day like?
All pupils have 1:1 support from a Tutor during the day. Every pupil has a very individualised curriculum and timetable. The pupil’s day tends to be split into 15 minute sessions. Pupils also attend group sessions in English, Maths, Science and PSHE. These group sessions are based on ability so there is a small mix of age groups. Our pupils also go out in the community and on trips regularly.
What is the class structure like?
Pupils are in a class of no more than 8. All pupils have 1:1 support from a Tutor during the day. There is a Supervisor who is head of the class and who is responsible for writing IEPs, ICP, behaviour plans and overseeing each pupil’s programme. There is also an Instructor in each class who is responsible for the day to day running of the class; they run groups in class like art and food technology.
How much input from Therapists does each child have?
All pupils receive our base level of therapies which is 30 minutes direct therapy every two weeks. They also have therapy in groups and have reports written for annual reviews. If more therapy is outlined in their EHCP, this will be negotiated with their Local Authority.