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Longcause Community Special School

Longcause Community Special School is for children aged  4-16.  The school is Autism friendly, where pupils support one another and staff and families work closely together for the best outcomes for their children. 

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Address:Longcause Community Special School
Telephone number: 01752 336881
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We specifically cater for the needs of children with communication and interaction difficulties together with cognition and learning. This means that our children usually have a moderate learning difficulty as well as an Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC). The school has 128 children on roll. Many of our pupils have associated difficulties such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Dyslexia, or other specific Learning Difficulties. This school is the only one of its kind in the West of Devon.

Our Autism friendly approach means:

  • We try to see things from an Autism perspective in order to help pupils learn the skills and understanding that they need.
  • Our class sizes are usually between 8-14 pupils with a high staffing ratio in order to best address the needs of the pupils. ยท
  • Strong tutor system with supportive teaching assistants who know pupils well and provide consistency.
  • Teaching has a high visual content.
  • Structure and routines that support pupils.
  • Curriculum pathways to meet different pupil needs.
  • Tidy, orderly, clutter free environment and chill out spaces.
  • Lessons with highly supported transitions.
  • Highly staffed break and lunch times with structured activities available for those that prefer and many different spaces available to relax.

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Longcause works in partnership with Brook Green Centre for Learning, Mill Ford School, Mount Tamar and Woodlands.

We are a unique partnership of five schools working collaboratively to provide outstanding training and support for schools and families. We cover all aspects of SEND across the Key Stages and believe in transforming education for all through collaboration.

Our offer

- Training offer to schools
- Support for managing young people's additional needs
- Behaviour support strategies
- Parent and family support
- Support for young people at risk of exclusion
- Bespoke and alternative curriculum packages

Plymouth uses an orange 'Local Offer icon' to show services that define themselves as suitable for children and young people with SEND. These are part of Plymouth's SEND Local Offer. We recommend that you contact the service provider to make sure the service is suitable for your child or young person.

Age range
  • Primary - 5 to 11 years
  • Secondary - 11 to 18 years

  • Based: Plymouth
    Childcare Type:
    • School
    Age ranges:
    • Special needs school - 3 to 19 years
    Wheelchair access information: Yes
    Special needs information: Yes

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