Welcome to Hamilton School

About Hamilton School

I became Head teacher at Hamilton School in September 2013 and it is a privilege to work with our students, families and staff. Hamilton School is a primary special school. All of our students have an EHCP. All of them have a diagnosis of Autism. We have an exciting future ahead of us as a special school for students with autism and our numbers have increased significantly. We have aspirations to be an all age autism specific school.  This may seem an 'improbable dream' but it is one that we have been actively pursuing for a number of years.

On our website there is also a lot of information about our curriculum, values and approaches. The staff at the school are incredibly dedicated and hard working. We are all trying to create a legacy from our work - an educational one, a cultural one and a physical one.

We keep our focus on learning and we have very high expectations as to what our staff and students are capable of achieving. When everyone strives for their own 'personal bests' great things can happen. That is what we are aiming for on a daily basis. I am restless about improvement and have a clear view about the future of the school. I want everyone to see Hamilton School as a great school where people work together to transform lives.

I am proud of our response to the Pandemic.  We have remained open throughout and provided education to children of key workers and any other family who requested support.   This provision has been crucial for the safety, learning and wellbeing of our students and families.  Our ‘Friends of Hamilton Charity also subsidised summer holiday provision for a large number of students.

We do our best to ensure that the environment is Autism friendly. Staff are skilled, and have regular training, to ensure that their Autism practice is of a high level. Structure and routine are key across the school. We use elements of TEACCH and our Picture for Object Trading System (POTS) as well as input from our Speech and Language Therapist and Occupational Therapist to create our own unique teaching style.  As a school we don’t provide for ABA provision or allow ABA therapists to work in the school. The teaching style we have developed supports communication for all children as well as helping them to learn skills in a variety of different contexts across the school day. Our well developed PSHE curriculum ensures we teach children important life skills alongside the more core subjects.

There are major challenges ahead of us in 2021 and beyond; Covid-19, a declining budget, increased numbers of students and staff in a, largely, very old building.  Our Local Authority has faced huge budget cuts and that impacts on our work also. We meet these challenges with energy, enthusiasm and a spirit of hope. We are part of a Co-operative Trust with 7 other Birmingham Special Schools and various other partners.

Please click on the link below, or on the front page of the website, to find out more about 'What We Stand For'. In the meantime, if you wish to visit us please make contact - we would be happy to hear from you and will try to provide a chance for you to find out more about the school.

Jon Harris
Head Teacher

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