An SEN school is a school that specialises in special educational needs. LVS Hassocks specialises in autism and all the Staff working here are specifically trained to work with students with this diagnosis. LVS Hassocks is a non-maintained or independent school, whilst some SEN schools are maintained by the local authority, this means that LVS Hassocks has more flexibility regarding their timetable, timings of the school day and the curriculum offered.
An SEN school will be better placed to assist with sensory issues amongst their students and as the schools are smaller than mainstream schools, are better placed to understand the individual needs of the student and have the flexibility to adapt to different needs.
The majority of students in an SEN schools will have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). LVS Hassocks directly employ a range of therapists who work with the education teams to meet the outcomes detailed on a young person’s EHCP. Some students will have a co-morbid diagnosis, which is where an individual has more than one diagnosis, in the case of autism some examples are ASD/ADHD, ASD/anxiety, ASD/OCD. Sometimes, individuals may have more than two co-morbid diagnosed conditions.