Learners at Kestrel House are unique, in that they join our school with a wide scope of needs which require a very different and bespoke approach.  We create a nurturing environment where learning through exploration, thinking differently and engaging in a wealth of meaningful experiences, brings learning to life; and as a school, we begin to ‘Think and Learn Differently’.


At Kestrel House we recognize that education for our pupils needs to provide a great deal more than the National Curriculum. At Kestrel House we aim to ensure that our pupils:

  • Are supported to access learning opportunities in a meaningful way that takes account of their learning style and the impact of their Autistic Spectrum Disorder.
  • Feel confident, happy and secure in themselves, their relationships and their learning.
  • Have the right to protection from all types of harm or abuse.
  • Develop and maximize their ability to communicate and interact socially with others.
  • Develop their ability to think flexibly, effectively and independently.
  • Successfully use strategies to help them manage challenges presented by their Autistic Spectrum Disorder.
  • Reach their potential academically and work towards accreditation for their learning at the highest level possible for each individual.
  • Have goals and aspirations for their life beyond school and are as independent as possible in their ability to achieve them.
  • Are equipped and confident to take their place in society; able to be proactive and productive members of society, accessing opportunities to continue learning or working.


To do this we ensure that:

  • Pupils placed at Kestrel House are all equally valued, respected and nurtured.
  • Staff have access to on-going training, including regular child protection training.
  • Pupil’s needs, including challenging behaviours, are rigorously assessed, understood and supported.
  • Staff at Kestrel House welcome collaboration with each other, parents and outside agencies and actively seek ways to promote the best outcomes for pupils and their families.
  • Kestrel House offers a school environment that meets the needs of pupils with Autistic Spectrum Disorders in terms of structure, resources, visual and communication support.
  • Kestrel House offers a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum that meets the needs of pupils with Autistic Spectrum Disorders; tailored to be child centred, specialized and personalized.
  • Kestrel House basis its practice upon current research and recognized best practice and that staff have on-going professional development opportunities.
  • We actively promote understanding of autism in the wider community.