Longcause Learning For Life
with Respect, Determination and Friendship
Our school motto embraces our passion for giving pupils learning experiences that really are for life- life now and life beyond school.
At Longcause School, we aim to be leading ambassadors and educators for children with Autism in the South West.
Our goal is to provide high quality education for children on the autism spectrum., to be a centre of excellence. We respect and celebrate people on the autism spectrum. We are committed to enhancing their life, well-being, abilities and successes. We have a passion to understand, support, teach and enhance. We value compassion and professional excellence working in partnership with families.
Longcause Community Special School is for children aged 4-16. The school is Autism friendly,where pupils support one another and staff and families work closely together for the best outcomes for their children.
We specifically cater for the needs of children with communication and interaction difficulties together with cognition and learning. This means that our children usually have a moderate learning difficulty as well as an Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC). The school has 128 children on roll. Many of our pupils have associated difficulties such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Dyslexia, or other specific Learning Difficulties. This school is the only one of its kind in the West of Devon.
At Longcause we welcome visitors. If you would like to know more about what we do please come and visit us. You can be assured of a warm welcome and a tour. We have many visitors who on visiting for the first time say ‘it is not at all how I imagined a special school to be !’
Our Core 3 Values: Authenticity, Connection, Creativity
These underpin how we behave as a school team and how we make our decisions. We ask ourselves is this decision/action/behaviour in line with our Longcause core values?
Our ethos :
- Great at communicating with the pupils and families
- Flexible in our approach to meet pupils individual needs whatever that may be
- And have good social understanding.
Our Autism friendly approach means:
- We try to see things from an Autism perspective in order to help pupils learn the skills and understanding that they need.
Our class sizes are usually between 8-14 pupils with a high staffing ratio in order to best address the needs of the pupils. ·
Strong tutor system with supportive teaching assistants who know pupils well and provide consistency.
Teaching has a high visual content.
Structure and routines that support pupils.
Curriculum pathways to meet different pupil needs.
Tidy, orderly, clutter free environment and chill out spaces.
Lessons with highly supported transitions.
Highly staffed break and lunch times with structured activities available for those that prefer and many different spaces available to relax.