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

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Canine Assisted Learning

Autumn the therapy dog and her owner Lisa continue to bring lots of fun and therapy to  students at school. Some enjoy taking Autumn for a walk and giving her a hug whilst others prefer to pet her whilst learning. …

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Welcome to our new school building 

It was a pleasure to welcome students for their first day in our new purpose designed school building. They were introduced to their teachers, settled into to their classrooms and even received a visit from Autumn, the therapy dog. There …

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Keys to our new school

Today, John Reilly, Principal of Addington Valley Academy received the keys to our brand new purpose built school. Staff are now busy getting the school ready to welcome students next week. Here’s a preview…

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Watch our new school being built

Building constructors Kier will handover Addington Valley Academy’s completed new school building on Wednesday 15th September 2021. Principal, John Reilly and his team are excited to get the school ready to welcome students later in the month. Click here to …

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