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Drumbeat School & ASD Service


My name is Richard and I am very excited to be your child’s new teacher this Summer term. I have been teaching for over 5 years now and have lots of special needs experience working with a broad range of students in different educational settings.

As well as being your child’s teacher I am also leading PE throughout the 6th form and will be teaching your child PE every Monday afternoon.

The students have responded very well to having a new teacher in their class and have made me feel very welcome as have the support staff, Tracey and Susie.

This Summer term we have many exciting things on the timetable and students will be studying the following topics:

Daily Living skills: Planning, shopping and cooking, using the basics for quick and easy meals.

Travel training: Using public transport, buses, trains and trouble shooting.

Work based learning: Students will have the opportunity to work in a café or other work place.  

English: Students will be taking part in poetry and drama sessions as well as learning life skills such as CV and letter writing.

Maths: Students will be handling and counting money, estimating and handling data and representing results in graphs and pie charts.

ART: Art around the world, expressive movement.

PE: Developing physical and co-ordination skills through Gymnastics, athletics and striking games.

ICT: Student will be learning to type up a CV using word. They will also explore and create PowerPoint slides for a presentation.

ASDAN (Accredited pathways): Student will be working to achieve AQA/OCR certificates at appropriate levels for individual abilities.

Music: Weekly music sessions, some with input from the music specialist instructor and some groups/individuals with the school music therapist.

In addition each student has the option of being involved in Drumbeats extended services, offering a wide range of life skills and creative activities after school hours.

Can I take this opportunity to say how much I am looking forward to getting to know your child over the coming months and look forward to meeting you soon. 

Richard Gillings.