Local Offer Contribution 2016-2017
for schools and families

Hedgewood School is currently designated as a primary school for pupils with autism and complex moderate learning difficulties. Given that 80% of our pupils are autistic we have a proven capacity to share our understanding, especially around communication and the management of learning and behaviour with colleagues in schools, other services and with families.

We have developed an extensive support network to provide our families with understanding, guidance and strategies to improve the quality of life for their children and for the family as a whole. Our Family Support Team have a wealth of information to guide parents to available support networks within the community.

We offer support to mainstream schools to develop inclusive practice [Diminishing the Difference] via staff training as well as providing targeted support for individual pupils.

Hedgewood is a recognised Elklan Communication Friendly school.

We adopt a Total Communication approach across the school which is quality assured by our own SALT team (speech and language therapy).

We are expecting to complete our National Autistic Society accreditation this year.

Hedgewood has an established Outreach Service and has provided support to many schools across the borough. We involve our therapy team in Outreach as and when necessary.

We are a very practical community and seek to maximise learning for our young people both at school and at home.

We are very supportive of initial teacher training and SEND nursing placements.

Our Offer

As well as providing a rich and varied curriculum specifically shaped to meet the needs of autistic pupils we also provide whole school and group training in the following areas:

Introduction to Autism
Structured Teaching and Using Visual Supports
Language Jigs and Social Stories
Developing Social Understanding
Early Social Interaction and Play Skills for pupils with autism
Creating an effective learning environment for pupils with autism.
NAS Earlybird Plus Training (parents and professionals)
NAS Healthy Minds Training (parents and professionals)
Elklan – Speech and Language Support for verbal children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Elklan – supporting Speech and Language Development in the classroom
Signalong –accredited Foundation Course (parents and professionals)

Occupational Therapy:

Introduction to Sensory Integration (parents and professionals)
Food SOS (parents and professionals)
Toileting Workshop (parents and professionals)
Sleep Success (parents and professionals)
Fine Motor Workshop (parents and professionals)


Speech and Language Therapy:

Shape Coding.
Communicate in Print- making visual supports
Social Communication Skills
PECS Workshop
Augmentative Assisted Communication (AAC)-ipad apps, quicktalkers
Intensive Interaction for early interaction development


Family Support

Family Group Therapy.
Early Support Networks
Coffee afternoons
Personalised Respite
Advice on entitlements


We also provide targeted support programmes for individual pupils in mainstream schools as well as support for individual teachers to develop their target setting for pupils with additional needs.

This may include:

  • Learning environment
  • Effective work systems
  • Small step assessment and tracking systems
  • Personalised timetables
  • Individual support strategies for communication and behaviour
  • Personalised learning programmes and planning
  • Occupational Therapy advice
  • Speech and Language Therapy advice

As part of our Outreach Service we host visiting professionals at Hedgewood School to observe our practice and our adapted learning environments. This is arranged on a mutual basis between Hedgewood and visiting schools, as well as being part of more formal, borough-wide, SENCO training.

We have established a family and training centre for group training and other events. We also provide twilight and whole-day training sessions, in schools across Hillingdon.

We look forward to continuing to provide support to enhance opportunities for pupils with ASD across the borough.



Pupils are referred to the school following a multi-professional assessment arranged through Hillingdon Local Authority. All our pupils have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or a Statement of Special Education Need. These identify the specific needs of each individual pupil and the provision that he/she will have access to in school. Additional needs, for some pupils, are identified though regular in-school assessments and, if requiring additional input from outside school, are raised at an Annual Review meeting.

Currently all admissions to the school are filtered through the Special Educational Needs Team at the Civic Centre, Uxbridge. Kindly telephone the Team on 01895 558631. They will be happy to clarify the assessment and admission processes. Places at the school are in demand so early contact is advised.

Special Education Needs Team
Social Care 4E/05
London Borough of Hillingdon
Civic Centre
High Street

For further information please download our Admissions Policy.