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    About Us

    '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

    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.

    The school is commonly accepted as the oldest purpose built special school in the country. It is now housed in an outstanding new building with many exceptional learning spaces.

    The many specialist teams work together to provide an innovative and creative curriculum delivered through some highly specialised techniques. The staff are trained to a high standard and are very focused on the individual needs of pupils. We have received many awards for our work including the very prestigious Specialist Status for Performing Arts – Dance, Music and Drama - an award of which we are all proud. The school is also the first in Reading to gain The Inclusion Quality Mark and its work in this area has been recognised as outstanding. The school is now a recognised Sponsor School. Hard work and enjoyment go hand in hand as you will see if you explore the pages of our website.

    Dame Sue Bourne - Headteacher

    National Leader of Education (NLE)