We opened our doors to our first pupils last week
Teacher, Sally O’Connor, explained that the transition for the children at the school has already begun. Pupils will study core subjects during the mornings before developing their Life Skills based lessons during the rest of the day. Building on communication, learning and social skills are key.
"Starting at the beginning of the school's journey is a very exciting time, for the staff and pupils. Providing a specialist curriculum based on life skills and giving every child the ability to develop their independence is our vision at Life Skills Manor."
According to the Kent Commissioning Plan 2021-2025, the need for Specialist placements in Kent is increasing each year by 14.8%. Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) remains the most common primary need type with 41.2% of children and young people with an EHCP (0-25 years) having ASD identified as their primary need.
Life Skills Manor School will be growing and a constantly evolving school. At present the Department of Education has agreed 22 places for pupils ages 10-16 years with an EHCP and primary diagnosis of Autism. Moving forward, the school will look to cater for up to 46 pupils by September 2023.