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Autism Service Directory

The Holmewood School


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Type of service: Day schools, Outreach - education, Schools

The Holmewood School, London is a warm and friendly school for autistic young people of all genders aged 7-19 who are working with average or above average cognitive abilities. In addition, many of our students will have other other language, communication and social pragmatic difficulties. Our philosophy is founded on a desire to make a difference and to challenge the way all members of our community think about autism. At Holmewood, we ensure our young people get every opportunity to achieve their full potential in life, irrespective of any difficulties. This commitment is an intrinsic part of our philosophy. It is at the heart of everything we work towards.
Our aim is to enable every young person to flourish by encouraging and building upon their unique strengths and interests. Students are supported to develop and deploy strategies that overcome and cope with their difficulties. We recognise that every student is different, and the individual hopes, dreams and ambitions of each young person are our starting point. In addition to academic achievement, the focus at Holmewood is on developing the social, emotional and personal skills of each student. This is supported by ensuring that we strengthen their independent living skills and teach them to advocate for themselves, which in turn lead to greater confidence and self-esteem.
Children are grouped in chronological age as far as possible but great consideration is given to social communication needs as well as sensory & behavioural compatibility. Classes are small (typically 4-8) and taught by specialist teachers. Full therapy services (including occupational therapy (OT), speech and language therapy (SaLT), drama therapy, music therapy, psychotherapy & reflexology) are available and are an integral part of the school day. Key facts: - Age 7 to 19 years - All genders - Day school - Two sites, both within easy reach and with good transport links - Average of 7 students per class - Wide ranging therapy services - Specialist teaching - Accredited level 3 Forest School - NAS Advanced Autism Accreditation status - 2018 TES Wellbeing Initiative of the Year - 2019 TES Senior Leadership Team of the Year - 2019 TES Special Needs Initiative of the Year - Disability Confident Employer - Healthy Schools London (Bronze) - Anti Bullying Award.


Age: From age 7 to 19

Aimed at: Adolescent , Child , Young person

Gender: All genders

Covers: London

Registrations & Approaches

Specialisms: Exclusively autism specific

Other specialisms: Other language, communication and social difficulties.


Level: NAS Autism Accreditation - Advanced

Year: 2020


You can contact us by phone email or post.

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Jay Gorasia - Admissions

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0208 920 0669

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Lisa Camilleri - Headteacher

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0208 920 0665

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88 Woodside Park Road, Barnet, London, N12 8SH

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