Hill House gives access to to the full National curriculum at an appropriate level through skill-based learning and a vocational life skills curriculum for older students. Our students are assessed on a termly and annual basis and reports are sent to parents and authorities on progress achieved.
We offer a highly consistent environment and focus on communication skills with strong emphasis on self-management, independence and choice. Our communication strategies are supported by a wide range of symbolic and photographic materials such as visual clues, PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) or symbols of reference.
Each class is run by a teacher, together with two teaching assistants and additional learning support staff to provide a minimum staff student ratio of 1:1. Students at Hill House School follow a broad and balanced curriculum that takes account of the National Curriculum frameworks. Individual subjects are adapted to take account of the needs, and starting points of our learners. Tasks and activities are differentiated to enable all to make progress.
Throughout the age range, practical skills such as cooking, caring for the home and self-care are taught alongside, and through, the academic subjects. Students also have the opportunity to access the community and skills of accessing amenities, developing leisure interests, shopping and outdoor pursuits are taught throughout the age range.
In post-16, particular emphasis is placed on life skills, developing independence, work-related learning/vocational skills and household skills. Schemes of work across the full age range are integrated and highlight opportunities to teach the core areas of social skills development, communication and the development of positive, socially appropriate behaviours.
Hill House School Environment
We never underestimate the importance of a place. Comfortable surroundings combined with the right education and care, produce a feeling of ease and security which is essential for children with autism.
We understand residential schools can never replace a student's home, but we make every effort to create a welcoming, family environment where they feel safe and comfortable. In addition, our staff are caring professionals, who also demonstrate many of the characteristics of good parents. They apply a gentle, yet firm and consistent approach providing the emotional and educational support our students need.
For children and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder, this variety of educational experience can be wonderfully therapeutic. The satisfaction of working with nature combined with our active therapeutic input produce extraordinary tangible results. These are valuable, hands-on experiences that help our students to understand more about their world and more about themselves.