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Gretton School is a specialist provision for students on the autism spectrum, able to achieve in line or close to their mainstream peers, once provided with a specialist approach and environment.


We look at the whole individual, we know that every person is different, we know more than that, every autistic person is different. There are common areas that unite autistic people, as there are uniting all of us. These are the areas Gretton School focuses to maximise, whilst engaging our highly professional multidisciplinary team to work with our young people in areas they wish to develop.


Gretton School is a happy, accepting, welcoming place, where children and young people come to repair any damage caused through their educational journey so far, get on course for their desired future, and achieve all they can.









Gretton School provides outstanding autism-specialist education. Integrating social, academic and therapeutic approaches to transform lives from challenge, misunderstanding and anxiety to a bright, safe and successful future. Celebrating difference, and creating confidence in the use of the tools gained through the journey.


Gretton School will strive to change the world into which our students transition, raising awareness, changing thinking and highlighting the strengths of our autistic population.













Gretton School, as a regional independent special school welcomes pupils from a wide range of geographic locations. Making the requirement to create community exceptionally important. Equally important is the need to enable the students to feel and see a connection to their home community in preparation for when they return. We aim to enable our students to understand their autism, identify and maximise their strengths, whilst supportively challenging them to make positive change. 


Our students will develop an understanding of their autism through open discussion and professional assessment and support; developing tools to not only manage the wider world, but to be able to succeed effectively in it. Teaching will strive to be outstanding in its planning, resourcing and delivery, bearing in mind the wide range in starting points and previous experiences; not least the learners' own experience of autism.


Leadership of the school will be strong, clear, supportive and challenging. Ensuring all staff are challenged to improve, supported to learn and develop, held to account for their performance and enabled to facilitate the student’s success.

Clinical and therapeutic services will be fully integrated in to the running of the school, enabling all staff to be able to maximise social and academic development in our students.

The environment of the school will continue to develop, creating appropriate learning environments, including learning facilities to maximise opportunities; both academic and social.

The school will continue to develop closer working relationships with Local authority partners, to ensure that their needs, as well as those of the students’ are met. Working together to create innovative means to develop provision further, whilst supporting the management of the public purse.

The school will maximise close working relationships with families, parents and carers, providing support and good communication, maximising our students’ development and outcomes.

The school will take every opportunity to train, teach and communicate the strengths of those on the spectrum, as well as make effective adaptations to enable the wider community to appreciate and benefit from their skills. This will include the public, businesses, schools, colleges and any other organisation that will impact on wider understanding.

The school will endeavour to support every student to develop under the 4Cs of: Confidence, Creativity, Competence and Character.  Gretton School and Cavendish Education believe strongly that if we and our students can achieve these, transition to the wider world at the end of school will be much more successful.

See Gretton School through the eyes of a student here.

"The school gives not only the pupils, but parents hope."

 - Parent


The 4Cs

Our school logo sits at the heart of everything we do. 

At first sight this is perhaps just a lovely symbol but it carries more significance than that. The flower represents the blossoming of learning and life and each petal is a ‘C’, representing the main attributes we strive to instil in each of our pupils during their time with us. 


The 4Cs are:


  • Confidence, 

  • Competence,

  • Creativity, 

  • Character. 

We strongly believe that each of these attributes is vital to enable our pupils to thrive in post-school life, with every one an important element of being able to achieve a sense of well-being and happiness.

Open Notebook
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"Thank you so much for everything you have done for our son.  You gave him belief in himself as a learner and the tools to put it into action."


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