Paddock School

Paddock  School

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Head's Welcome

I am very proud to be the Headteacher of Paddock School. We are currently situated on two sites, Paddock Primary in Putney and Paddock Secondary in Roehampton.  There are currently over 160 pupils on roll at school and we are very excited to be part of Wandsworth's plans for expansion over the next few years.

Paddock School is an environment that is dedicated to ensuring that pupils have the opportunity to thrive in a setting where they feel calm, secure and happy. We are proud to be a Level 2 UNICEF Rights Respecting School.  We place the Rights of the Child at the heart of our school, along with our school vision 'To Nurture, Inspire and Transform Lives.'  Our teachers have expert knowledge, and are committed to putting pupils first in everything they do.

Paddock School is a Wandsworth maintained special school for pupils aged 4 - 19 years old (Nursery to Year 14) with autistic spectrum disorders and moderate to severe learning difficulties.  Placements at our schools are made by the Council's Special Needs Assessment Section, in consultation with the headteacher and parent(s) or carer(s).

Pupils are taught in classes of up to 9 pupils with a specialist teacher with usually 4 special school support assistants.  The children follow a topic based curriculum which is modified to take account of their individual learning needs.  Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders are taught in ASD specific classes, and the school is an ASD friendly environment.  We used a structured teaching approach (TEACCH) (Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication handicapped Children) throughout the school. 

The staff team includes a certified TEACCH practitioner, a qualified PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) implementer, a regional Makaton tutor, an Intensive Interaction specialist and trained PODD (Pragmatic Organisation Dynamic Display) teachers.  All staff have regular training including training in ASD strategies.  Speech and Language therapy is central to our teaching, and communication targets are set and monitored termly in conjunction with our Speech and Language Therapists who work regularly in the classrooms. The Post-16 Department at the secondary school, has a focus on functional Maths and English, with on and off site work experience. Paddock pupils work towards ASDAN accreditation. 

The Occupational Therapist works alongside teachers to develop, implement and monitor programmes for children including Sensory Integration programmes and sensory diets.

I hope that you find this website useful to learn more about our wonderful school. You are warmly welcomed to arrange a visit to see our work in practice.

Sarah Santos
head@paddock.wandsworth.sch.uk