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John Meyer School - a proposed new school

Whitefield Academy Trust is proposing to open a new special school, John Meyer School, in North East London. It would cater for up to 150 pupils aged 4-19 with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and welcome its first pupils in September 2018.

As part of our application to the Department for Education we need to demonstrate that parents want us to establish John Meyer School. Please show your support by filling in this quick form.

Why do we need new special school?

North East London needs more special school places for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder – existing Local Authority special schools are oversubscribed, despite recent expansions. The John Meyer School would improve provision for children and young people with complex needs that include ASD, building on the outstanding practice in Whitefield Schools.

Where would John Meyer School be located?

Whitefield Academy Trust is looking for a location that is near, or accessible to Whitefield Schools, to prioritise children and young people in the area, and support cross-school links. More information about the location will follow shortly.

How would pupils be admitted?

All children attending John Meyer School would have a statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education, Health and Care Plan that names the school. There would be no fees payable by the parents or parents of a child for attendance at John Meyer.

How big would the school be?

John Meyer would open in September 2018 with space for for approximately 36 pupils, growing to  150 places after four years. Initially there would be:

  • one class for children in Reception/early KS1 (ages 4-6)
  • one for children in early KS3 (ages 11-14) 
  • one for children in early KS4 (ages 14-15)
  • one for children in 6th form.  (ages 16-19)

In its second year, the school would add

  • one more class in KS1 and KS2; (Key Stage 2 ages 7-11)
  • two more class in KS3
  • one more class in KS4 and 6th Form.  

John Meyer School would reach its capacity of one class for each primary year group, and two for each secondary year group by September 2021.

What and how would pupils learn?

The school day and term dates at John Meyer would be similar to Whitefield Schools’. Classes at John Meyer would typically have between 6 and 8 pupils, allowing high levels of personalization.

Pupils would follow a curriculum pathway, tailored to their needs, designed to help them become

  • Successful learners
  • Effective communicators
  • Confident individuals
  • Responsible citizens
  • Lifelong learners

How do I show my support?

The application to the Secretary of State needs to show support for the school, especially from parents who have children who will be aged between 4 and 16 in 2018, and so might join the school in its first two years (2018, 2019).  The easiest way to express your support is to fill in our form.  Don't forget to tell any friends about and share this page via social media.