Education and learning

Early Years

At ages 3-4 ALL children qualify for 15 hours a week free education.         Some may also qualify for free places aged 2.
See: in brief        definitive         more detail


With mainstream schools, smaller ones may provide a more calm and adaptable environment for pupils with additional needs.

The National Autistic Society has published guides under the heading In Education about choices, extra help, bullying, exclusion, jargon, further & higher education and transition.        Click icon to browse.        In particular one of these guides sets out how to get extra help in mainstream school / college.        (It might be handy to know about their resources for teachers too.)

Additional needs

For children with a Statement of Special Educational Needs a more specialised environment may be offered by schools for additional needs.        Here is a guide to choosing a special school.         Parents in the Grantham area might find a place for their child at:

  • F-footerTwitter small iconAmbergate Sports College & Sandon SchoolGANF caters for pupils aged 3 – 19 with moderate to severe learning difficulties and complex needs.        Many are on the autistic spectrum.      Grantham
  • Greenfields Academy is a Specialist School for SEMH pupils (Social, Emotional, Mental Health) aged 4 to 16 years.      Grantham      (previously  Phoenix Academy)
  • Gosberton House Academy is a specialist primary school mainly for children with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder.       Near Spalding

Wider area

Click Wider area icon for SEN schools further afield.         For those referred by their local authority there are residential schools.         Click Residential  icon for more information.

Making it work

Getting what your child needs may put parents up against difficulties and obstacles.        Professionals may try to fob you off to begin with suggesting that things might sort themselves out – perhaps partly because they do not see your child at home.       See:  GAIN tips.

Ambitious about Autism has a lot of online discussion about educational issues.      See website:
Twitter has a link to the website at the top of its display.       Look for the magnifying glass icon on their site to search.

School Transport

Cereba, the UK based charity, has produced a booklet about School Transport.        It lays out the basis for the local authority to decide whether a child cannot reasonably walk to school.        See also Cereba website.

And then he fell off the cliff

Experience     And Elliot… he is in school for the first time in too long even though he still doesn’t have a useable EHCP.      He is finally getting the support he needs despite the special education needs system rather than because of it …

Schooling problems

High-functioning children can be very resourceful, but it may take some time for them to get on top of things.

School refuser:  Read about the experience of a  Teenage girl  and a  Teenage boy .        They show very different approaches on the part of the parents.       Both are taken from the same on-line  Discussion .

Learning to read:   In this case things suddenly clicked at the age of 7.

Exclusions:   Grantham has a pupil referral unit called Hill View Education Centre.        The Ofsted report for the year 2000 is a handy source of information.         It states, “The Grantham Pupil Referral Unit caters for boys and girls aged 11 to 16 who are currently having difficulties in their own schools or are excluded from them.         It serves a large area of South Lincolnshire with some pupils traveling distances of over 20 miles to the unit”.

Secondary school:   One of our committee members says,  I found my first year at Kings’ School a bit intimidating.    There were quite a few in my class who were clearly much more clever than me.       I was much more comfortable in the second year, having been put in a class based on my grades at the end of the first year.


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