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 high-functioning autism. 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 partnership lead 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 has been rated Ofsted Outstanding since 2007; Ofsted Inspectors commented (2019) "Teachers and therapists working seamlessly together is a hallmark of this school. They are well-trained and thoughtful. They work tirelessly to give pupils the skills they need to achieve well. Most pupils develop the skills and confidence they need to make a successful transition when they leave the 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).