Tom Procter-Legg Head Teacher 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

Important Updates

Please see the link below to an important update on our safeguarding policy.
Information on Free School Meals during COVID-19 can be found here.
24th March 2020 Update
Please see attached statement from the Gallery Trust regarding Safeguarding Arrangements.  If you need to contact the school during this partial closure please email which is being monitored everyday or if you have an urgent query you can contact us on 07950951683 which is monitored between 8:30 and 4pm.
20th March 2020 Update
The Iffley Academy is partially closed on Monday 23rd March.  Please see further information on how to identify yourself as a key worker in the attached letter.  The questionnaire included in the letter is also available here.  A further statement from the Trust has been issued here.
19th March 2020 Update

Whilst we support the principles of the government message regarding schools providing essential care for children of key workers and the most vulnerable children in society, we are waiting for further clarity on what this means for special schools. Due to how our staff are affected by the measures, it will not be possible for us to open for all pupils. Until further guidance is given we cannot provide further comment on how we will approach this unprecedented situation. We expect to be able to provide an update on Friday afternoon.

18th March 2020 Update

Iffley Academy will be closed Wednesday 18th, Thursday 19th and Friday 20th March to all students. We have taken this decision based on ensuring that we have the necessary staffing levels in school to ensure the safety and well-being of our students and staff.

We will closely monitor the situation this week and will provide an update on Friday to communicate further partial or full school closure dates and our strategy going forwards for this closure period. We will be communicating via the website but please could I urge you to download our app, if you have not already done so as a useful communication tool.

We do have a dedicated page for home learning and work packs which you can access by clicking here.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support during this time of uncertainty.

Welcome to The Iffley Academy

Thank you for visiting our website.  I hope that it gives you a flavour for some of the fantastic work that is going on here at the Iffley Academy.  Having worked here for the past eight years I can tell you that it is an exciting, diverse community where amazing things happen, students achieve things they did not think possible and committed staff make a significant difference to the lives of young people.

We are a community special academy for children and young people up to the age of 18 with complex special educational needs and disabilities.  All of our students are individuals and we pride ourselves on taking a personalised approach.

Students have Education, Health and Care Plans with a range of needs but primarily we work with students with Moderate Cognition and Learning Difficulties, Autistic Spectrum Disorder and/or Social, Emotional and Mental Health difficulties,

The Academy was judged to be Outstanding at its most recent Ofsted inspection in February 2019, designated as a teaching school in 2018 and is part of an aspirational Multi Academy Trust – The Gallery Trust, a community of special schools, dedicated to providing outstanding education and support for young people with special needs and disabilities, enabled through:

Commitment to special education

Opportunities for all to learn

Genuine respect and value

This year, perhaps the most exciting project in the academy’s history begins, our new academy buildings are being built, providing us with a brand new school.  Work is expected to start in January 2019. We will of course keep you up-to-date with further information along this exciting journey.

We understand that students are able to give their best when their needs are met, when they feel safe and when they understand their relationships with others.  When a student starts at our academy every effort is made to ensure that they maximise their progress, enjoy coming to school, make new friends and feel safe. They become part of our community but most importantly their family also becomes part of our community.  

I look forward to seeing you at an event here at the academy in the future and celebrating the successes of our students, however in the meantime please feel free to contact the academy if you have any questions or need further support.

Tom Procter-Legg

Head Teacher

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