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What is Autism?

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects the way a person communicates and relates to people around them. Making sense of the world and everyday social interaction can be difficult for children with autism.

Problems are experienced with these main areas of development:

  • Social interaction
  • Social communication
  • Flexible thinking and behaviour
  • Children may also have sensory difficulties.

There are different forms of autism which are collectively referred to as Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

Our curriculum is offered with an emphasis on communication, social communication and understanding, and regulation. Skills for independence, problem solving and community participation are developed through our specialised curriculum pathways.

I think your school and staff are amazing – you have wowed me!

Parent November 2020

Latest News

Celebrating the Queen’s Birthday

Students have been having great fun helping the Queen celebrate her birthday! They made patriotic sashes and performed their own take on the Trooping of the Colour and paraded around the playground. The festivities will continue over the next few …

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Making Music

We’ve had some wonderful music sessions from Graham and Jemma from Croydon Music Service. Students have enjoyed getting practically involved in making music. Jemma’s wonderful flute playing really caught everyone’s attention with its rich tone and flowing melodies. All of …

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Bug Hotel

Building contractors Kier are busy building our new purpose designed school in New Addington, but they made time to build some extra special mini properties for the local wildlife. There are two bug hotels and a lots of bird boxes …

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Red Nose Day at AVA

Some of our wonderful students came in dressed up as the super heroes they really are on Friday. Here you can see a student showing off their costume and a specially built crane sporting an official Red Nose!  Students brought …

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