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The School within Options Kinsale has been specially designed to meet the needs of children and young people with a wide range of complex needs, including; Autistic Spectrum Conditions and associated learning difficulties, as well as impaired social and cognitive functioning due to early life trauma and attachment difficulties.

The school provides a bespoke curriculum which is tailored to meet the needs of each individual student. Students are able to work to nationally recognised educational awards in a broad range of subjects. Students are able to access local forest schools, outdoor activities, and work experience placements.

Options Kinsale offers an adapted and differentiated curriculum covering all areas of the Independent School Standards. We also enhance the main subject areas with sessions in Horticulture, Independent Living Skills and Food Technology. Community participation forms a large part of students’ individual education plans and timetables, enabling students to utilise skills in practical settings.

During learning sessions we use a variety of complementary techniques and approaches, including elements of SPELL and TEACCH, which are tailored to suit the needs of individual students. Generally, these approaches emphasise the need for structure, whilst considering environmental and sensory factors, with the aim of minimising anxiety and distraction. Written, audio and visual timetables are used depending on the students’ individual needs.

In the academic year 2020/2021, all students achieved an accredited award. Further details are available on request.

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