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The Windmill School


The Windmill School is a Special Academy Free School managed by Barnet Special Education Trust. At capacity, the school will be funded to make provision for 90 children and young people between the ages of 5 and 19 years old with a diagnosed autism spectrum condition as their primary need. 

Successful applications for admission will identify The Windmill School as the most appropriate provision for the needs of the student; where they will find a peer group that supports their wellbeing, and where they will have the best chance of making academic and personal progress.

For a young person to be admitted to The Windmill School, it must be named by a local authority in their Education, Health & Care Plan (EHCP). The overwhelming majority of young people admitted are resident in the London Borough of Barnet, but we will also work in partnership with other local authorities and parents/carers to assess the suitability of potential applicants for a place.

The School and Trust must consent to being named on an EHCP, except where admitting the young person would be incompatible with the provision of efficient education for other students; and where no reasonable steps may be made to secure compatibility. The School and Trust will have regard to relevant guidance issued by the Secretary of State to maintained schools when making its determination.

In some circumstances the school may also admit a young person for the purposes of an assessment of their educational needs, in agreement with the LA, the Academy trust, the young person’s parent and any other professional whose advice is to be sought in accordance with regulations.

Pupils will have language they use for intentional communication and emotional expression and have developed early interaction with others. It is expected that most pupils will access the National Curriculum at an age appropriate level where autism specialist accommodations are made. 

Key Stage 1 placements at The Windmill School 

We offer suitable placement for pupils who use language for communication, have a vocabulary that exceeds more than 100 words/ phrases, share intentions and emotional expression with others. They will also understand some non-verbal cues in familiar settings and understand words, sentences and phrases with a range of communication partners. 

Key Stage 2 and 3 placements 

We offer suitable placements for those who have a communication profile described above and additionally have the academic potential to access and thrive within smaller low arousal social learning environments. Pupils will have some capacity for emotional and sensory regulation in familiar settings. Pupils will access independent learning when transactional supports including learning supports are in place. 

Parents/Carers considering The Windmill School for their child are encouraged to visit the school. Please contact the school office info@thewindmillschool.org or telephone 0203 062 3600 to make an appointment.

If following your visit you are interested in a place for your child and you are a Barnet resident, you should contact the Special Needs Department by email at senadmin@barnet.gov.uk or telephone 020 8359 7007. If you live outside of Barnet, please contact your relevant local authority for further information.