- Each pupil will have a confirmed diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder or evidence of behaviours which are strongly associated with an autism spectrum condition. Many students at the school have a diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome or High functioning ASD.
- Pupils may have challenging behaviours resulting from their inflexible thinking patterns or from the communication, emotional and social difficulties that arise from the Autism Spectrum Disorder and not from other emotional, behavioural or mental health disorders.
- Pupils may have a variety of atypical learning styles and difficulties which range in severity. Most students have abilities in the average and above range.
- Pupils may present with co-morbid medical conditions or factors but the school reserves the right to decide whether these can be managed effectively and safely within its existing resources.
In many cases, students who are referred for placement consideration at High Grange School have experienced major difficulties in other schools. Many have spent long periods of time out of school either through exclusion, refusing to attend or because they have been admitted to specialist CAMHS centres. This means that personalised and sensitively planned transition arrangements have to be put in place to enable each new starter to successfully join the school.
High Grange school staff also have expertise and experience of providing successful strategies and interventions to meet the needs of children and young people who have Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA), Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Language and Social Communication Difficulties, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Food Intolerances and special dietary requirements.