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Queensmill School, an outstanding provision for children and young people with autism, is now located in our purpose-built new premises in Shepherd's Bush.
We are very proud of the fact that our latest Ofsted report rated us as
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We are recruiting for an Occupational Therapist.
Queensmill School is very proud of it's special partnership with Georgia College in the United States.
A very warm welcome to our school. At Queensmill, we aim to meet the needs of very special children and young people, aged 3-25, and enable them to make sustained progress in their learning and in managing their autism. We are able to offer children a purpose-built, highly resourced, low-arousal building, designed specifically with their needs in mind. We recognise at Queensmill that each child is very unique and we are committed and adept at adapting our practice to meet the specific needs of each of them.
We understand that autism is varied and complex and as such, we are always seeking the most effective ways to support and engage children whether their autism is considered moderate or severe. Staff are highly trained in a range of interventions to enable each child to progress. We know that managing autism requires an environment that is structured, sensitive and thoroughly adapted and we invest heavily in our staff in so that they are equipped well enough to enable each child to achieve, whatever their starting point.
When children make progress at Queensmill, we are keen to not only celebrate their success but provide them with further opportunities to succeed. Attached to our main site at Askham Road, are three units for children who have made rapid and sustained progress. We have a primary unit at Fulham Primary school, a secondary boys unit at Fulham College boys and in September of 2015, opened a small secondary girls unit at Fulham Cross Girl's school. These partnerships with mainstream schools enable children to access learning with the help of bespoke programmes carefully adapted to enable them to achieve the very best of their potential.
While we have great faith in the way that we work with children on the autistic spectrum, we are always seeking new ways to improve life chances. We are committed to research and engage frequently with programmes exploring a wide range of topics. We work very closely too, with parents and carers, offering comprehensive support so that they are also equipped with the knowledge and resources they need to help their child achieve.
We know that children at Queensmill are happy and safe. They learn with the support of adults who are flexible, attentive and committed. They are supported by speech and language and occupational therapists who offer additional expertise, using specialised resources, so that children and parents manage the complexities of autism as well as they can, to achieve the very best.
Article in the Guardian 19 July 2015...
In the dining room at Queensmill, a west London school for children with autism, spotting the truly extraordinary moments can be tricky. Matthew, for example, sits at a table wearing ear protectors in a dazzling shade of Day-Glo green, but there’s nothing extraordinary about that. They’re used to reduce the sensory inputs he might otherwise find overwhelming. Like a number of the kids here, he wears them every day. No, the really extraordinary thing is also the most banal: it’s the full plate of food in front of him, the one that he’s busy clearing. “This was a boy who was eating so little he’d become a cause for serious concern,” says Jude Ragan, headteacher of Queensmill. “It was all about how we could get him to eat three or four chickpeas. We worried about anorexia. Now look at him.”
The explanation for Matthew’s newfound enthusiasm for his lunch, and for what Ragan describes quite simply as a revolution in her school, is standing behind the counter at the other end of the plain white dining room. He’s a Brazilian man called Djalma Lucio Polli de Carvalho – Lucio for short – and he’s their chef. “I never used to look forward to lunch at school,” Ragan says. “Then Lucio arrived and now I do. He just makes us smile at lunchtime. The benefit he brings to us is incalculable.”
This is not merely another story of a school meals service revolutionised by the arrival of a trained chef, determined to prepare everything from scratch. It’s also about the vital therapeutic role good food can play in the lives of a community that needs it most. It is about the pleasures of the table that so many of us take for granted being extended to people for whom the commonplace is a struggle. And it’s about preparing vulnerable children for the realities of life beyond school....
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Queensmill wins Pupil Premium Awards!
The judges felt that Queensmill
demonstrates how much can be done
for pupils with often very severe,
complex autism, with a particular,
systematic focus on pupil premium
pupils. The school works closely with
the families of pupil premium pupils
to support them both directly – for
example in the home or accompanying
them to appointments with other
agencies – and by offering them
increased access to after-school clubs
and overnight respite care.
The evidence base summarised in the
Education Endowment Foundation
toolkit – a guide for schools on what
approaches are proven to be cost
effective – suggests that parental
engagement can be effective in
improving the performance of pupil
premium pupils. The school also opens
its doors to carers to bring pupils out
of school hours, as it is a safe place
for pupils who may not otherwise
leave the home, and so provides their
parents with respite.
In school time, it provides extra direct
teaching to pupil premium pupils
with either a teacher or well-trained
teaching assistant, which the evidence
suggests can be an effective use of
Hammersmith and Fulham, London
the funding. This is supplemented by
access to flexible IT resources with
specialist software that develops oral
communication and extra occupational
therapy to reduce pupils’ anxieties and
make sure they are in a calm frame of
mind, ready to learn.
The school monitors the impact of this
support to make sure it is putting its
resources to best use. For example, it
moved away from horse riding as a key
activity for pupils because it wanted
to focus on activities that parents can
continue with their children at home
and which are more cost effective.
The school works with UCL Institute
of Education and other research
partners to learn more about the
benefits of sensory interventions
with autistic pupils and other
evidence-based activities to support
both autistic and pupil premium
pupils. It also helps to support other
schools, encouraging them to
adopt a whole-school approach to
improvement for pupil premium
pupils with special educational needs
and demonstrating that effective
approaches do not need to
Growing Up and Growing Old with Autism
June 17th 2014
Dear Queensmill parents, governors, professionals:
Autistica, the research charity on which I sit as a trustee and board member, have just launched their 9 minute video called “Growing up and growing old with autism”.
It is a stunningly effective video, telling an important story clearly and well. Autistica will use it to try to influence people and governments to give more to autism research.
If you go to their website: www.autistica.org.uk you will be able to watch it, and you will see some of our children and some of our staff who are on it. My thanks to them and their parents for giving their permission to use images of their children; having watched the video for the first time last evening, I thought the inclusion of our children made a very powerful impact on the film.
“There are half a million adults with autism living in the UK today. Despite this there has been almost no research into how autism changed through adulthood,
or understanding of the emotional, physical and mental health needs of adults with autism.
Watch the video here
Autism has a huge economic impact because it lasts a lifetime and so many people are affected, often profoundly. Autism is estimated to cost the UK economy £32 billion per year, making it the single most costly medical condition. In contrast, it is currently estimated that just £4 million per year is spent on UK autism research by the government and charities combined. Only 7% of this is spent on research into adults, just 60p per adult per year.”
Queensmill School is now a Teaching School as part of the West London Teaching School Alliance.
Read more in this article that tells you what Teaching Schools do, and to read even more about the launch on 11th June of the West London Teaching School Alliance,
open the PowerPoint slides to view the whole launch presentation.
View PowerPoint Slides
Open or download a copy of the March/April Queensmill School newsletter
Download a copy of the new reported titled
One In A Hundred
Download a copy of the 2012 Annual Report for
CRAE Centre for Research in Autism and Education
Summer term 2016
Tuesday 19 July – Last day of summer term
Autumn term 2016
• Monday 5 September – Training Day
• Tuesday 6 September - Friday 21 October 2016
• Half-term - Monday 24 October - Friday 28 October 2016
• Monday 31 October - Tuesday 20 December 2016
• Christmas break – Wednesday 21st December 2016 – Monday 2 January 2017
Spring term 2017
• Tuesday 3 January– Training Day
• Wednesday 4 January - Friday 10 February 2017
• Half-term - Monday 13 February - Friday 17 February 2017
• Monday 20 February - Friday 31 March 2017
• Wednesday 15th March (3-6pm) –Twilight training for all staff
• Easter break - Monday 3 April - Monday 17 April 2017
Summer term 2017
• Tuesday 18 April – Training Day
• Wednesday 19 April - Friday 26 May 2017
• Wednesday 10th May (3-6pm) –Twilight training for all staff
• Half-term - Monday 29 May - Friday 2 June 2017
• Monday 5 June - Weds 19th July 2017
• Summer break - Thursday 20 July - Friday 1 Sept
Monday 4th Sept training day
Tuesday 5th Sept children back to school
• Monday 29 August 2016 (Summer Bank Holiday)
• Monday 26 & Tuesday 27 December 2016 (Christmas Day Holiday)
• Monday 2 January 2017 (New Years Day Holiday)
• Friday 14 April 2017 (Good Friday)
• Monday 17 April 2017 (Easter Monday)
• Monday 1 May 2017 (May Day)
• Monday 29 May 2017 (Spring Bank Holiday)
• Monday 28 August 2017 (Summer Bank Holiday)