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About Us

Heathermount is a non-maintained special school in Ascot, Berkshire, owned by The Disabilities Trust. We specialise in providing a broad and balanced education for children and young people aged 4-19 years with Autistic Spectrum Conditions, including Asperger syndrome.
Heathermount had been operated by the Inner London Education Authority and then the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham for many years as a residential special school. In August 2002, the Department for Education and Skills (DfES) approved it for operation as a non-maintained special school. Heathermount Special was acquired by The Disabilities Trust from the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham in early 2003 and is complementary to the Trust’s other, mainly residential provision for adults. 
The school caters for up to 54 day students who join us from various local authorities.

Provision at Heathermount

Classrooms are purpose built, well-equipped and designed to be suitable for students with ASD. Class sizes are small and the teacher is supported by teaching assistants. Where further support is needed it is supplied through the student’s statement. The school is set within a beautiful 14 acre site, the tranquillity of which adds to the students’ sense of well-being. The site is used extensively to support learning and teach skills, as well as providing for a range of recreational and outdoor education activities.
The local environment and communities are used to generalise and extend the students’ learning and skill development. The villages of Sunninghill, Sunningdale and Ascot are within walking distance and are used by older students for work experience. The neighbouring Charters School provides opportunities for social inclusion. We make use of the sporting facilities of the Royal Holloway College in Egham. Trips further afield are regularly organised to support the curriculum. All off-site trips are fully risk assessed.

Staff at Heathermount

Staff are highly qualified and deliver the best possible service to our students. All staff undertake an induction programme which includes initial training in BERIS and other autism specific approaches as appropriate. All staff are involved in continued professional development.
Working alongside teachers and teaching assistants, a specialist team of therapists provide speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and educational and clinical psychology for the students as well as training and ongoing support for staff. Staff bring a range of professional qualifications to Heathermount and we support and encourage all staff to further their professional qualifications and interests for the benefit of students.
We offer individual, bespoke learning packages to our students, dependent upon ability, needs, and interests. All our students access the National Curriculum and all are entered for nationally recognised accreditations which include GCSEs. Running in tandem with the National Curriculum, we offer a range of vocational qualifications, which include Skills for Working Life, and work experience opportunities.
For some of our post 19 students, we offer Level 2 Work Based Learning Apprenticeships in Hospitality and Catering, Horticulture and Business Administration.
At Heathermount all students are helped to become independent, confident young adults who are able to leave school and enter the world of further education or employment. No student has left Heathermount and become a government statistic for Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET). All have either progressed to colleges of further education or into the world of work.