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Laleham Gap School is a community, which promotes respect for others and celebrates diversity.

We strive to ensure that every child is supported and inspired, to achieve through a specialist, safe and engaging learning environment. We recognise children for their uniqueness and seek to nurture their individual abilities. Personal aspirations are nurtured, helping transition to a successful adulthood in the wider community. We want children to manage their autism, develop coping strategies, develop their social and communication skills and increase their independence.

Our aim is to ensure that children leave our school having reached their academic potential. We want all our children to become well-rounded, confident, resilient young people, ready for their next step in learning and life. We will achieve this by Individual needs being identified and met leading to exceptional personal achievements both socially and emotionally.

All staff are committed to the concept of unconditional positive regard for all our children.

Relationships and excellent teaching strategies are the key. I want to develop the opportunities for improved relationships in our community. This is about role modelling high levels of resilience and containment. We must demonstrate that we can manage our stress and anxiety doing our dream job, the one we have chosen. We cannot expect children to develop these skills if we do not demonstrate them consistently. I want all staff to be the best they can. I want us to have a positive culture of learning and improvement; this is how inclusive high functioning communities are built.

I want everybody to be able to make the best decisions they can because we all need to be making improvements to our community because it is important to us.

Nationally there is a crisis regarding the mental health and wellbeing of young people. We learned recently about the needs and the demands placed on some young people in Thanet, and the Willow task force. We need to contribute and support our youngsters, in meeting their mental health needs and in particular, their self-management of anxiety.

To do this effectively we need to be well balanced, rational adults who not only role model but also routinely demonstrate good decision-making and sophisticated emotional intelligence.

We need to understand our children better, which is why I have been focusing heavily on EHCP’s. When supporting our children we need to understand why they are here and consistently support them with agreed strategies. Obviously, we want them to achieve the best academic results possible, but we will not sacrifice their personal development or limit their ability to succeed after school in the pursuit of those academic results.hat


Les Milton