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    About Us

    Dame Sue Bourne

    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

    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.

    The school has been judged as outstanding by Ofsted and staff are rightly proud of this recognition. However, the team are never complacent and they ensure that any adjustments to the provision in order to meet the changing needs of the pupils are made promptly.

    Our vision and core values and beliefs are being re-visited as the leadership of the school transitions, but the underlying principle remains constant. Symon the next Headteacher and his team have worked at the school for some years now and they will continue to strive to support the holistic development of our pupils, so that they fully realise their potential, experience the satisfaction that brings and feel prepared for life beyond school.

    The detail of this vision, core values and all aspects of the provision are defined more fully in the pages of our website.

    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)