Meath School (I CAN)
Special needs catered for
I CAN's Meath School is a residential (weekly) and day school providing teaching, therapy and care to children aged 4-11 years, whose primary difficulty is speech, language and communication, including Asperger's Syndrome learners. Children with associated difficulties including some degree of learning difficulty, attention control, fine and gross motor co-ordination problems, mild visual and/or hearing impairments, medical needs and social interaction problems may also benefit from the provision.
The school offers many specialist practices, e.g. signing, Cued Articulation, Alternative Augmentative Communication and visual supports, which enable full access to differentiated Early Years, KS1/KS2 National Curriculum teaching. There are high staffing ratios with professionally qualified, highly experienced staff. Each class (average 10 children) has an allocated teacher, speech and language therapist and learning support assistant(s). Occupational therapy staff support individual children and school-wide class based motor-skills groups and sensory integration sessions. There is also a part time nurse and specialist art, PE and music teaching. An activity and life skills programme is offered in the residential setting by the child care staff.
Support services provided
Strong partnerships with parents/carers are vital to the success of pupils. Families are encouraged to make observation visits to the school, and to contribute to their child’s IEP targets. The school has a family liaison worker who can work with the whole family in the home context.
Meath School is housed in fine Victorian buildings and the site includes a modern teaching block, gym, music, art and cookery rooms, ICT suite, small swimming pool, school field, activity play areas and woodland. The school has a programme of after school clubs and a summer holiday club.
Aims and philosophy
Meath School is a twice outstanding school; Ofsted Inspectors commented (Jan 2011) "Meath School provides an outstanding education for all its pupils, catering exceptionally well for the mixture of complex needs of the pupils. They make outstanding progress in both their academic and their personal development through the very effective partnership between education, therapy and care staff... The overwhelming majority of parents and carers are right that this is an excellent school." Meath School is part of I CAN, the children’s communication charity (www.ican.org.uk), and is an integral part of the
I CAN Centre in Surrey. The Centre and School offer flexi placements and holistic multi-disciplinary independent two day specialist assessments. (Registered Charity No: 210031).