This school was established in 1963. Over the years it has developed and flourished to provide ‘Outstanding Education’ (Ofsted, 2007, 2010, 2014 and 2018) for 145 children with Severe Learning Difficulties aged 2-19 years. All the children who attend the school have a statement of Special Educational Needs and are subject to the 2001 Education Act under the responsibility of Hertfordshire Education Authority. The vast majority of the children live in the local area of East Hertfordshire.
All the children have reduced mental cognitive ability, which is life-long. Many have a recognised medical diagnosis or congenital condition such as Down’s syndrome or other lesser known specific diagnoses, whilst others have a non-specific diagnosis of Global Developmental Delay. There is a growing population of pupils with a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). There are also many children who have a sensory impairment, either singularly or dually affected. Children may have a visual difficulty and/or a hearing difficulty. An added complication for some children can be when their brain damage impacts on the cortical pathways of the brain, resulting in cortical visual impairment. Many children have reduced mobility and are dependent on a wheelchair for any opportunity to move around the school. Only one child is able to use an electric wheelchair by themselves and therefore the remaining wheelchair bound children have to rely on staff for their mobility. Wheelchairs are supplied as bespoke resources designed around the child’s individual physical difficulties and needs. Children and Young people in wheelchairs require much greater space than mobile children. In general, a class of 6 children in wheelchairs at Amwell View School needs at least 4 times the floor area than a class of 6 mobile children.