“I’m so proud that John (not child's real name) is in a mainstream school – that is he happy to be there, is learning and becoming an ever more confident child who believes he can succeed. Hampton Hill Junior School doesn’t treat John as though he is autistic, it treats him as a child with particular needs. And I think, in many ways, that’s what made such a difference.”
Hampton Hill Junior School is a mainstream school based in the London borough of Richmond-upon-Thames. It has 330 pupils aged 7 to 11, with a number of children on the autism spectrum and a history of the successful inclusion of these children into mainstream education.
John has Asperger syndrome and a Statement of Special Educational Needs. His first school was a very negative experience for him and this contributed to his behavioural difficulties within a school setting, and a phobia of school.
This case study looks at the successful inclusion of John into Hampton Hill Junior School. It discusses how a school, family and child can work together to achieve success; the support, planning and strategy that is required to realise these results; and offers downloadable learning resources and suggested reading.