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Russet House School provides education for children aged 3 – 11 years old who have an Education Health and Care Plan (or who are in the process of getting an Education, Health and Care Plan) that outlines the child’s needs.

All children:

  • have a diagnosis of autism as their primary need, which significantly impacts on their communication and daily living (e.g. a child who has limited awareness of safety and/or may require a high level of support to manage self-care).
  • have additional severe learning difficulties. Pupils are working at communicative and cognitive levels below age-related expectations with some pupils working significantly below pre-key stage standards
  • may have other co-morbid needs such as epilepsy, Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • may present with some emotional and mental health needs alongside their autism

In conjunction with their autism pupils experience differences in social communication, social interaction, processing of information, flexibility and sensory processing and integration.

The curriculum at Russet House School focuses on life skills learning alongside subject teaching. This includes developing children’s communication skills, engagement and independence in preparation for the next stage in their learning whilst accessing all aspects of the Early Years Foundation Stage and National Curriculum. Teaching is adapted and personalised to enable each child to access learning at a level that matches their individual needs and to thrive.

The differences experienced by pupils at Russet House School may result in high levels of stress, anxiety and difficulties with emotional regulation which may result in behaviours which challenge (including harm towards themselves and others). The school supports children to learn to regulate their emotions, communicate as effectively as possible and manage their own behaviours.

Russet House may be unable to meet the needs of pupils who require more specialist support to help them to manage their mental health and/or behaviours towards others or who require a high level of specialist medical support e.g. a child who requires constant 1:1 adult support.

All admissions to Russet House School are through Enfield Local Authority’s Special Educational Needs (SEN) Service. If a family would like their child to be considered for a place at Russet House School they should contact SEN Services on 020 8379 5667 for further information.