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    About Us

    Symon Cooke-The new Headteacher from September 2017

    'This is a wonderful school and everybody involved with it should be very proud.'

    Lord Nash (July 2013)

    'It was a pleasure to meet some of the staff and to learn more about the invaluable work that they do. It is clear that your strong leadership, in conjunction with the dedication and talent of your staff, allows each pupil to receive the care and education that they deserve.'

    Education secretary Nicky Morgan (January 2016)

    About Us

    Mission Statement

    The Avenue School pledges to deliver a relevant, tailored and meaningful cirriculum through an attiude of PACE: Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity and Empathy ( Dan Huges,1997)

    The Avenue School-Special Needs Academy is a day, special school for boys and girls from the age of 2 – 19 with complex Special Educational Needs. All pupils are supported by either a Statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education Health Care Plan and will have at least a Severe Learning Difficulty.  The Avenue School is situated close to the centre of Reading and is the only school of this type within the borough.

    Our Vision

    Education at The Avenue School is a process of discovery and uncovering for pupils and staff. Together we discover how each pupil can learn best and we uncover what has meaning and relevance for our pupils' lives. As educators we aim to bring out and develop the learning capacities of each pupil. Our pupils will be enabled to enjoy quality of life through healthy living and possitive relationships with self, peers, adults, community and envoirment. We will strive to support the development of the whole child so that each individual may fully realise their potential, experience the satisfaction that this brings and feel prepared for life beyond school.

    Our Core Values and Beliefs

    • All children can learn and develop if given a caring, engaging and supportive enviroment
    • Learning takes place in many capacities of the child and the process is different for everyone
    • Difference is something to celebrate and enriches society
    • All individuals should be treated with dignity and respect
    • Children learn best when they are happy, healthy and having fun
    • Independence and self-determination play a central role in the development of positive self-esteem and are to be encouraged in our pupils
    • Our School and our local community are arenas for participation
    • Participation brings a sense of belonging and gives meaning to our lives when we are able to enjoy what is on offer and contribute in a positive way
    • Learning plays a central part in defining us as human beings capable of creative and positive growth
    • Long term goals should have relevance and meaning to the lives of our pupils and their families

     

    Symon Cooke - Headteacher