A Message from the Executive Headteacher
It gives me great pleasure to introduce Drumbeat School and ASD Service.
Drumbeat is a special school for children and young people with autism. We opened in September 2012 and moved into new accommodation in Downham. Our 6th form students are based at Revelon Road in Brockley.
Drumbeat is more than a school. It is a service that takes a lead across Lewisham for providing advice and support to schools and families on Autism. Our Outreach Team provide training and other specialist guidance across all settings, offering short term targeted support in mainstream settings, including working with children and staff to disseminate good ASD practice. The team also provides early intervention support to Early Years settings so that children’s needs are assessed and met in a timely way. The school’s outreach function aims to transform the services available to all children and young people with ASD in Lewisham, inspiring them to be ambitious and supporting them to achieve their full potential.
One of our families chose the name Drumbeat. They were inspired by the American author Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862): ‘If a man loses pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured, or far away.’
Our vision is simple – to put our children and young people first every time.
We believe that all our children should leave Drumbeat independent, confident, caring, ambitious, courageous, safe, respectful, resilient and successful. At drumbeat we aim to meet the needs of very special children and young people aged 3-19 and support them to make continued progress in their learning and acquisiton of life skills.
We are able to offer two purpose built and well resourced low arousal buildings designed specifically with their needs in mind. We know that every child at Drumbeat is unique and we are committed to providing an individual learning plan that meets their specific needs.
We are always looking at ways to improve our practice and increase life chances. We are committed to research and engage frequently with national and international projects. We work closely with parents and carers, offering extensive support from our Outreach and Extended Services Teams. Staff are highly skilled, attentive and flexible and are supported by our own school based Speech and Language Therapist and part time Clinical Psychologist and Behaviour Counsellor so that pupils can be successful and they can learn to manage the challenges their autism may bring.