Helen Allison School, NAS, UK
The National Autistic society is the lead non-governmental organization in the UK representing the rights and interests of people with autism and their families. It provides a range of services, including the running of a number of special schools for children and young people with autism and has an active interest in supporting research projects.
The Helen Allison school is a NAS school managed by a Principal, a Deputy Principal Education, a Deputy Principal Pupil welfare and a Lead Teacher. The staff Development Officer takes responsibility for all aspects of continued staff development.
The school has approximately 66 students, all diagnosed with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder. The age range is from 5-19. The primary department has three classes, accommodating pupils between the ages of 5 and 11, the secondary department has five classes, between the ages of 11-16, whilst the Further Education Department has 2 classes for those students in the age range 16 to 19. Each class has a team consisting of a qualified teacher and several support workers, working with not more than eight students. The school has a team of psychologists and a team of speech and language therapists.
The school follows a 24 hour curriculum for the residential students.