Wargrave House School and College

An autism and co-existing diagnosis learning environment for ages 5-25

On a journey together,
learning about life.

Wargrave House School
and College

An autism and co-existing diagnosis learning environment for ages 5-25

On a journey together, learning about life.

Student Tour

This video tour of the school and college, filmed by some of our amazing college students.

Fundraising

Your support is essential in helping us improve the lives of our students.

Latest News/Jobs

  • Enthusiastic Physiotherapist offering Rebound Therapy to join our hardworking committed multi-disciplinary Sundial Therapy team....

  • As part of the National Autistic Society (NAS) Accreditation assessment this week, the NAS are carrying out a survey for all our families, to enable t...

  • We are looking to appoint an exceptional, flexible and reliable Maintenance Operative who boasts a variety of maintenance skills and holds relevant he...

  • An opportunity has arisen for a Residential Learning Support Assistant, to further develop students' independent living skills....

Student Tour

This video tour of the school and college, was filmed by some of our amazing college students.

Latest News/Jobs

  • Enthusiastic Physiotherapist offering Rebound Therapy to join our hardworking committed multi-disciplinary Sundial Therapy team....

  • As part of the National Autistic Society (NAS) Accreditation assessment this week, the NAS are carrying out a survey for all our families, to enable t...

  • We are looking to appoint an exceptional, flexible and reliable Maintenance Operative who boasts a variety of maintenance skills and holds relevant he...

Fundraising

Your help is essential in helping us improve the lives of our students.

Celebrating 50 years Learning About Life!

In September 1971, we opened our doors for the very first time and fifty years later we are still here!  As well as continuing to be a specialist school offering bespoke education and a highly specialised therapy offer to support all our students, in 2012 we opened a College provision for 19-25 year olds.

We are proud of our heritage and indebted to the work of our founder and first Principal of Wargrave House School, Bessie Berman.  After working as a teacher for over 22 years, in 1957, Bessie entered the field of Special Education.  Bessie went on to study at Manchester University and after being awarded a Platt prize and the Withers Memorial research scholarship she decided to undertake a year of full-time research on children with autism.

In 1967 Bessie was awarded a Masters Degree in Education at Manchester University for her thesis on ‘Cognitive and Perceptual Function in Children with Autistic Symptoms’, and she was accepted as a graduate member of the British Psychological Society.  Bessie’s interest in special education, in particular autism, led her to setting up Wargrave House School specifically for children with Autism.

So, throughout this academic year, we will be celebrating our 50th year in lots of different ways!  Join us on our journey and watch this space for what we are doing to celebrate throughout our 50th year! 

Help raise much needed funds to improve our facilities for all our students.

Celebrating 50 years Learning About Life!

In September 1971, we opened our doors for the very first time and fifty years later we are still here!  As well as continuing to be a specialist school offering bespoke education and a highly specialised therapy offer to support all our students, in 2012 we opened a College provision for 19-25 year olds.

We are proud of our heritage and indebted to the work of our founder and first Principal of Wargrave House School, Bessie Berman.  After working as a teacher for over 22 years, in 1957, Bessie entered the field of Special Education.  Bessie went on to study at Manchester University and after being awarded a Platt prize and the Withers Memorial research scholarship she decided to undertake a year of full-time research on children with autism.

In 1967 Bessie was awarded a Masters Degree in Education at Manchester University for her thesis on ‘Cognitive and Perceptual Function in Children with Autistic Symptoms’, and she was accepted as a graduate member of the British Psychological Society.  Bessie’s interest in special education, in particular autism, led her to setting up Wargrave House School specifically for children with Autism.

So, throughout this academic year, we will be celebrating our 50th year in lots of different ways!  Join us on our journey and watch this space for what we are doing to celebrate throughout our 50th year! 

Help raise much needed funds to improve our facilities for all our students.

About our School and College

Founded by Bessie Berman in 1971, Wargrave House is a non-maintained residential special school and independent specialist college for children and young people aged 5-25  years, diagnosed with autism.

School and College Information

We offer a multidisciplinary and holistic approach towards education and care which centres on social, communication and flexible thinking approaches. We also offer support for families through a dedicated family liaison team. Please contact our Family Liaison Officer, Claire Byrne via email clairebyrne@wargravehouse.com or telephone 01925 224899.

Services we offer include local authority funded day placements and extended school services (including summer school).

Values and Ethos

Wargrave House recognises that all our students have very special needs. Compassion, tolerance, respect and positive intervention will lead to effective learning experiences.

Reports

Staff capture young people’s aspirations in person-centred planning. The staff support them to experiment with communication methods. They encourage them to try a wide range of activities and learn new ways to manage their feelings

Therapy teams

Staff capture young people’s aspirations in person-centred planning. The staff support them to experiment with communication methods. They encourage them to try a wide range of activities and learn new ways to manage their feelings

Policies

About our School
and College

Founded by Bessie Berman in 1971, Wargrave House is a non-maintained residential special school and independent specialist college for children and young people aged 5-25  years, diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder.

School and College Information

We offer a multidisciplinary and holistic approach towards education and care which centres on social, communication and flexible thinking approaches. We also offer support for families through a dedicated family liaison team.

Services we offer include local authority funded day and residential placements and extended school services (after school, Saturday, school holiday and short-term break provision).

Values and Ethos

Wargrave House recognises that all our students have very special needs. Compassion, tolerance, respect and positive intervention will lead to effective learning experiences.

Reports

Staff capture young people’s aspirations in person-centred planning. The staff support them to experiment with communication methods. They encourage them to try a wide range of activities and learn new ways to manage their feelings

Therapy teams

Staff capture young people’s aspirations in person-centred planning. The staff support them to experiment with communication methods. They encourage them to try a wide range of activities and learn new ways to manage their feelings

Policies

We would love
to hear from you

Wargrave House recognises that all our students have very special needs. If you need to contact us about what we do,  the amazing services we offer or any other points of interest, please speak to our team.

For parents please contact our dedicated Family Liaison Officer, Claire Byrne on 01925 224899 or via email clairebyrne@wargravehouse.com to arrange a school/college visit or for prospective student advice on admission procedures.

We would love
to hear from you

Wargrave House recognises that all our students have very special needs. If you need to contact us about what we do,  the amazing services we offer or any other points of interest, please speak to our team.

Accreditations