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Drumbeat School & ASD Service

Drumbeat serves boys and girls aged 4-19 within Lewisham who have been diagnosed with the highest level of autistic needs and whose attainment is significantly below age-related expectations.*

Drumbeat has approx 165 pupils across 2 sites: 73 in the primary phase, 66 in the secondary phase and 27 post-16 places. (September 2016)

All children and young people at Drumbeat School have a Statement or an Education, Health and Care Plan. Lewisham’s SEN Placement Panel are responsible for making decisions about admission into the school. The panel reviews children’s statements of Special Educational Needs, and receives reports from parents and professionals as well as, where appropriate, considering the views of the child.  Decisions are made about placement after considering all this information. The Panel is made up of Lewisham officers, Headteachers, SENCOs and health professionals.  Lewisham has a policy that children with statements of SEN must not be permanently excluded and the new school will adhere to this.

This system is about to undergo change and will be replaced with a ‘Single Plan’ covering a child’s education and health and social care support known as an EHCP. Eventually all Statements will be converted to an EHCP.  The timetable for this change has not yet been finalised.

Further information can be found on Lewisham’s Website here.

Open Days

If Drumbeat has been identified as a suitable school to meet your child’s needs and you would like to view the school, please contact Hendrina Smith, Administration Manager & PA to the Executive Headteacher on 0208 698 9738 to arrange a visit and confirm your booking.

Our open days are held once a month on a Wednesday afternoon (alternate months for Primary and Secondary), starting promptly at 1:45pm at Drumbeat Downham, Roundtable Road, Bromley, BR1 5LE. The visit will take approximately one hour. Places are limited each month and are offered on a first come first served basis.