Kay Willett, Head Teacher of The Iffley Academy
Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) is the most common primary need amongst pupils with Statements / EHCPs across the UK. The Iffley Academy is working towards gaining accreditation through the National Autistic Society and will become a centre of excellence for ASC provision
The Iffley Academy was one of the first schools in the UK to apply the ethos of 'Restorative Approaches' and is widely recognised as a centre of excellence in this area
Working with animals can have a profound impact on students, developing their self-esteem, self confidence and enhancing their social and communication skills
All students at The Iffley Academy will achieve their potential, becoming confident individuals living fulfilling lives, and make a successful transition into adulthood
Integration opportunities and work experience placements are available for all students, enabling them to go into colleges and local schools, to develop their academic and social skills, and realise their full potential
The Iffley Academy has a unique curriculum which prioritises functional literacy and numeracy alongside developing skills towards independent living, employability, healthy living and participation in society
Irrespective of their special needs and diversity, all students are treated as unique and will be respected for the contribution that they can make to the academy and in the future to their chosen communities

Welcome to The Iffley Academy

The Iffley Academy is a community Special Academy for children and young people up to the age of 18 with complex special educational needs. Our students have a range of needs but primarily we work with students with Cognition and Learning Difficulties, Autistic Spectrum Disorder and/or Social, Emotional and Mental Health difficulties. All students have Education, Health and Care Plans, or Statements of Special Educational Needs.

We are thrilled that our recent application to open a free special school in North Oxfordshire for pupils with complex Special Educational Needs has been approved by the Department for Education.  The school will offer specialist day provision for children and young people aged 7 to 18, and will mirror the values and practices of The Iffley Academy, Oxford, which was judged to be Outstanding by Ofsted in January 2015.  We are in the pre-opening phase, and while we do not have an opening date or confirmation of the site, our plans are now taking shape.

Kay Willett, Head Teacher of The Iffley Academy, is project lead for the application:  “At present, many pupils who attend The Iffley Academy have to travel from Banbury and Bicester to attend our school in central Oxford.  By opening a school in North Oxfordshire, we can educate these pupils in their local communities.  The growth of housing development and the population in Banbury and Bicester is increasing, which is putting further pressure on special school places.  A new school offering places for pupils with Cognition and Learning Difficulties, Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties, and Autistic Spectrum Condition will complement and extend the excellent SEN already provided by the state funded special schools in the area.   We are really keen to hear the views of parents and carers about this proposal, so if you have a child with special educational needs or have an interest in SEN, please do register your interest so we can keep you informed on the progress of our application.”

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