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Lavender Lodge School

Our school offer

Our aim is to provide pupils with a range of opportunities so that they can reach their full potential.

Key stages & curriculum

Pupils in Key Stages 1 & 2 attend Lavender Lodge School.

We believe in building and encouraging pupils' self-esteem as soon as they start with us. We do this by ensuring the curriculum and tasks that are set are challenging yet achievable, thus enabling them to further succeed and develop.

We provide opportunities for enrichment activities through educational visits and field trips. We put an emphasis on pupils developing independent living and vocational skills, emphasising communication and social skills.

We use a child-centered, cross-curricular approach that is delivered entirely through multi-sensory teaching strategies. The curriculum is highly personalised and broken down into manageable steps, based on the Early Years Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum framework.

Learning is meaningful and experiences are sought by teaching staff to enable pupils to enjoy their time in school, for some this is their very first time they enjoy school.


We offer our pupils a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum, through which everyone is given the opportunity to reach their full potential.

We believe in building and encouraging pupils' self-esteem as soon as they start with us. We do this by ensuring the curriculum and tasks that are set are challenging yet achievable, thus enabling them to further succeed and develop.

Find out what makes our school unique

We provide unique learning opportunities for our pupils to help them engage with learning so that they can develop skills and grow in confidence to become proud members of our school community.

The multimodal approach is used to support communication at our school. Using a mixture of signs, symbols and speech, pupils can access and develop their communication skills. The daily use of Pragmatic Organisation Dynamic Display (PODD), supports the signs and symbols element, helping pupils to communicate a wide range of topics eventually leading to pupils using a larger vocabulary of words.

This is markedly due to the support of staff, who are trained in teaching and supporting pupils with autism, and who continue to learn and extend their knowledge to meet the needs of our children. This has helped us to cultivate a culture of support and has proved to provide pupils with a safe environment and a real sense of belonging, resulting in them making strides in progress. 

We actively encourage our pupils to take part in meaningful opportunities for them to share views, hopes and their experiences through Pupil Voice. Each class votes in a class rep, who meet each term, where they also represent the voice of their peers. By actively participating in conversations, they develop their social skills so that they confidently contribute to the school community by entering conversations with the school’s Senior Leadership Team, where they discuss, negotiate, and even manage budgets.

As a school, we are all too aware of our environmental footprint which has resulted in the formation of Eco Warriors, a group of pupils who meet each term to take action and save the planet. The team are often found maintaining the school grounds by picking up rubbish. They have also planted herbs and have an ongoing campaign of encouraging everyone to switch off lights and turn taps off.

Our diverse community, made up of pupils and staff, is the perfect backdrop to introduce and learn about different cultures from one another and feel comfortable and safe while exploring the topic. We also experience different cultures through food and field trips, allowing pupils to be more aware and respectful of others and recognise that we are all different.

To make pupils more socially aware and, in turn, more accepting of the people they live and learn alongside, the school community comes together to celebrate awareness days, religious and cultural events, fundraise for charities and welcome visitors.

Our small community of girls come together to attend Girls Club. The weekly club offers pupils the opportunity to develop friendships while taking part in pupil-led activities, such as coding, hosting parties, and anything they would like to experience. The time together is also an opportunity to discuss growing up and puberty; permission from parents and carers is sought for the topic. Additionally, the sessions are data-led, highlighting the developmental needs of pupils which teachers consider when facilitating activities to close the gap in learning through play.


Whether our children or young people want to be an astronaut or an artist or anything in between, we are completely committed to helping them realise futures that are out of this world.

Developed in complete collaboration with schools, employers and young people, Futures is all about delivering unlimited aspiration and endless opportunity for every child.

Trust us when we say, your child’s future truly matters to us too.

Explore our dedicated Futures wesite here

Our Therapeutic Support

We provide young people with unrivalled levels of therapeutic support, both in terms of the expertise and experience of our in-school staff and the wide range of therapies offered. 

Our therapeutic approach includes: 

  • As required, young people have the support of our Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists and Occupational Therapists.
  • Our commitment to delivering outstanding therapeutic support to all young people is based on attachment principles. We believe that unless a young person is able to feel emotionally secure they are less likely to fulfil their personal, social and educational potential.
  • Our unique approach to supporting young people allows us to achieve uniquely outstanding outcomes, which in turn enable our young people to go on to realise a future filled with aspiration and achievement.


Our commitment to therapeutic support

We have an extensive Clinical Team, who are able to offer our young people within our school a truly personalised and comprehensive package of therapeutic support.

  • We will ensure that every young person develops resilience and releases their potential by providing the appropriate clinical support for their social, emotional and mental health needs.
  • We will support a young person to develop their competencies and abilities to help them become a capable young adult.
  • We will completely integrate the delivery of therapeutic support.
  • We will operate a direct delivery model of therapy offering universal services targeted to the needs of individual children and young people.

Staffing and pastoral Care

Our staff have a wealth of experience and qualifications in teaching and caring for pupils with Special Educational Needs. They have also received training from Witherslack Group’s Clinical Team, which includes clinical psychologists, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists and therapists.

Teachers and teaching assistants are extremely well equipped in providing appropriate support to meet the needs of our pupils and establish a positive and engaging learning environment. The education staff consists of a stable and experienced team and the professional development of teachers and teaching assistants is supported through regular internal and external training. This ensures extremely effective teaching practices are in place and lesson activities are well-planned to support learning.

The Pastoral Care Team develop excellent links with parents, carers and families, as well as professionals involved with a pupil. They also provide additional support, when required, to help pupils engage in classes.

We are dedicated to the development of each young person, focusing on areas such as independence, self-esteem, resilience, making safe choices and communication.

All this support allows each child, whatever their needs, the opportunity to engage and enjoy their education.

The Pastoral Care Team ensure that all pupils’ well-being is constantly reviewed and developed, and that strong links are made between school and home.

Make an enquiry

Whether you are interested in your child attending our school or just want to know more information about our offer, contact our team.

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