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Drumbeat School & ASD Service

We took our name from the West African drum. The name comes from a saying meaning ‘Come together in peace’.  As a team, we are so impressed with how caring and supportive our students have been in learning and in play.

Djembe Class students are in years 9 and 10. There are 8 students, 5 boys and 3 girls.

Djembe Class have 2 teachers: Fiona on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesday mornings, and Maggie on Wednesday afternoons, Thursdays and Fridays.

Our TAs are Tammy and Sherie, and our Midday Meal Supervisor is Kim. 7 of our students attend After School Club and thoroughly enjoy it.


It’s only been 2 weeks, and already all the students have settled so well after their transition from KS3 at Downham to KS4 at Brockley. Personalised Plans continue to be a big focus for all students. Equally, we are working as a team to develop students’ independence and Lifeskills. For example, every morning students prepare their own breakfast, using the toaster safely and doing the washing up.


On Tuesday mornings small groups go to the flat in the new block where they are currently preparing a meal. There are 3 option lessons when students can pursue their personal interests and areas of strength. On Friday mornings Djembe swimming offers our students the opportunity not only to listen to instructions during a lesson, but just as importantly to enjoy exploring their senses in the water.

Catching up after the weekend:

Every Monday, we communicate about our weekend using a range of visual resources. All parents and carers are very welcome to write in the planner anything that their young person has been doing. We love to build those home school links. We are really looking forward to the year ahead and seeing the students progress and develop.