The Loddon School

The Loddon School

Loddon School is more than a residential school, it is home.

Home for children aged 8 – 19 with profound autism, who are non-verbal and have severe learning difficulties, resulting in highly challenging behaviours.

We approach things a little differently at Loddon, as many of our children will have experienced mainstream and special schools before. We offer a ‘home-based style of education, with children learning through play and experiencing new life skills.

Every opportunity is seen as a learning moment, as we operate 52 weeks of the year, there are a lot of opportunities!

We strive to ensure each child has an enhanced quality of life. Our multidisciplinary team uses positive working methods and a solution-focused approach to engage children in learning and prepare them for their adult life.

Our school is rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted and the curriculum is delivered through the PLLUSS curriculum. Each child has an individual timetable relevant to their needs and learning styles, and linked to their EHCP, allowing them to engage and progress daily.

For children who have sensory sensitivities and can be picky eaters, food choice is critical.

We encourage our children to explore new foods within their own control. We then gradually expand the variety of food they will eat in a gentle, non-threatening way. Children have lots of opportunities to grow, harvest, touch, smell, cook, choose and taste their food.

To embed this in the school, we have a Healthy Living Group made up of staff from our health, care, horticulture, catering, therapy, and teaching teams.

Our aim is to develop a healthy attitude towards exercise and to expose our children to a wider variety of fresh, healthy, and balanced meals and snack options.

We are part of the Food for Life Schools Award to show how our school provides healthy school meals, involves the children in doing brilliant work to grow produce, offers great choices and food education that has a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of our children.

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