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Peterhouse School in Southport has been judged OUTSTANDING in all areas by Ofsted inspection since 2009. A non-maintained specialist school and college, it offers day and residential provision for children and young people aged 5 to 19 who have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Conditions.

Part of the Peterhouse provision includes residential homes and a college. There are two large residential homes with spacious gardens. Services include weekly, termly and 52-week boarding children and young people aged between 5 and 19 years. Flexible boarding arrangements are available for over 75 stays per year. Typically these young people have a primary diagnosis of autism; some young people may have additional vulnerabilities or medical needs such as epilepsy or behaviour requiring high levels of supervision.

“He has come a long way and improving every day.” – Parent

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Peterhouse School

The Haven School is a Welsh Government approved day school offering specialist provision for pupils aged 11-19 with autism. Based in Flintshire, The Haven works in partnership with families, education authorities, social services and health agencies to equip children and young people with an education and skills for life. The school is flexible and supportive, whilst encouraging learners to be the best they can possibly be! The Haven offers a person-centred learning experience, which builds on strengths and nurtures the development of other areas.

“I feel he is making excellent progress. The support he has received is fantastic and because of it he feels safe and comfortable. That is why he is enjoying his time at The Haven.” Parent of Haven pupil

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The Haven School

In recent years there has been an increasing demand from schools and local authorities to commission support for children and young people who are having difficulties attending and participating in education. In response, Autism Initiatives have developed their existing education provision to include Flexible Education.

The Timpson Report, published May 2019, highlights that it is vulnerable groups of children who are more likely to be excluded, with 78% of permanent exclusions issued to children with SEN or classified as in need or eligible for free school meals.

Our mission statement reflects Edward Timpson’s view that ‘Exclusion from school should never mean exclusion from education’, and reads as follows; ‘Autism Initiatives’ Flexible Education service aims to provide personalised support to autistic young people to enable their continued participation in education’

This Flexible Education Service can be offered by Peterhouse School, or by OSSME and provides a tailored approach including opportunities for learning in vocational settings such as through our social enterprises.

Flexible Education

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If you, or someone you know, is in need of help and support, or would benefit from taking advantage of the support we can offer in our schools, please get in touch and someone at Autism Initiatives will be able to advise on your next steps.

Only good things to say over school! Excellent . . . builds child's confidence so they can reach their full potential.

Parent of a Pupil at The Haven