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  • Are classes based on age or academic stage/level?

    Classes at Newbury Manor School are based on a child’s academic stage.

  • Do young people move around the school for each lesson or remain in one classroom?

    Generally, younger students, and those in the sensory groups remain in their own rooms for lessons, the exception being for lessons such as cooking or Forest School. Many of the secondary aged pupils do move rooms for their lessons and we encourage students to develop skills with transitions and timekeeping.

  • What does a typical day/example timetable look like?

    Generally, all students in the school have a similar structure to their day:

    9:00am-9.20am              Students arrive and go directly to their tutor group

    9.25am-10.15am             First lesson

    10.15am-10.30am           Morning break

    10.35am- 11.25am          Second lesson

    11.35am-12.25pm           Third lesson

    12.30pm-1:00pm             Lunch

    1:00pm-3:00pm               Afternoon session which can involve activities such as swimming, shopping with tutor group, PE, or Forest School

  • What is the staff to student ratio in a classroom?

    We staff our classes according to the needs of the students. As a guide, we usually have one teacher to five pupils and additional teaching assistants further supporting classes and activities.

  • What subjects are available?

    English, maths, science, art, drama, music, humanities, IT, cooking, forest school, PE, swimming, PSHE, and a range of ASDAN courses such as life skills. Students also have the opportunity to undertake work-experience with a range of local employers.

  • What therapies are available?

    For more information on the therapy services available at Newbury Manor School, please click here.

  • Is there a uniform?

    There is not a uniform for students at Newbury Manor School. There may be times when we ask students to bring in certain items of clothing for specific activities for example, when they have swimming lessons, we ask that they bring in their own swimming kit and towel.

  • What are the admission criteria – i.e. diagnosis, age?

    If you have questions regarding admission criteria, please contact our Referral Coordinator, Judith Blackwell:

    E: judithblackwell@aspriscs.co.uk
    T: 01278 641 632
    M: 07518 298 184

  • Who does Sketchley School support?

    Our main cohort are students with high functioning autism. Alongside the diagnosis of autism, students often have other diagnosis such as ADHD, dyslexia, PDA tendencies, social anxiety disorder, select mutism, etc.

  • How does Sketchley School support students with additional needs?

    All of our staff are trained in Team Teach and undertake regular additional training such as PDA training and safeguarding.

    Staff manage students’ additional needs with strategies such as movement, safe spaces and change of face etc.

    We also use Zones of Regulation for our students, to help them recognise how they are feeling and then use strategies to get them regulated.

  • What are the class sizes at Sketchley School?

    We offer smaller class sizes at Sketchley school, with no more than six students per class, one teacher and two support staff.

    All students have their own workspace and a group worktable is available in each class.

  • What curriculum is offered?

    We follow the national curriculum at Sketchley School, offering core subjects in maths, English and science.

    In addition, all sites participate in life skills, independent living and educational trips. These can include shopping, using public transport, cooking, doing laundry and going to the gym.

  • How does Sketchley School split the different age groups?

    Sketchley School is split over three sites:

    Our younger students, Year 4 to Year 9, are based at Sketchley Hall.

    Years 10 and 11 are located at Forest House, where they follow one of three pathways depending on their academic level; nurturing (entry level qualifications), mid-range (functional) and GCSE route (maths, English and science). This may also include vocational qualifications and extra GCSE’s, such as history.

    Post-16 students are based at Progression House, where they attend local colleges, supported by staff doing a course of their choice.

  • How do I apply to Sketchley School?

    All of our students must have an education, health and care plan (EHCP) in place (draft or final) as well as a diagnosis of autism.

    Parents are asked to contact their Local Authority to send Sketchley School their son’s/daughter’s EHCP. Once received, our management team will review each case individually to decide whether Sketchley School is suitable for that young person. We will then request permission from the Local Authority to contact parents and arrange an assessment.

    If agreed, we will invite parents in for a visit, to tour our facilities and meet with our staff team.