The Haven School

Visions and Values

Our vision and values are at the core of everything we do. They underpin our teaching and learning, and provide an environment which prepares our pupils as confident, happy citizens.



At The Haven we promote a culture which considers each pupil individually, applying an understanding of autism to the development of their strengths and needs; this understanding informs the individual programmes of work created around each learner.



We endorse the attitudes and values (encapsulated in the European charter for persons with Autism) that our pupils should be treated with dignity, respect and positive regard. And whilst we acknowledge the need to accommodate the differences associated with the autism of our pupils, we also strive to assist them in developing strategies to participate in society in a way that is right for them.

Priorities for learning are always influenced by a consideration of the relevant and functional skills needed by each individual to enjoy the best possible quality of life, within the context of their autism and age.


At The Haven we aim to:


  • work in partnership with parents, carers, professionals and each other, ensuring our practice is informed by an understanding of autistic spectrum condition. We will strive to be reflective in order to evaluate and continually improve the service we provide


  • offer a flexible, inclusive, person centred curriculum which will develop the communicative and functional skills of the pupils so that they may understand and influence the environment around them. We will adopt creative and therapeutic approaches in order to enhance motivation and engagement. By providing appropriate learning pathways and relevant access to the community, we will develop transferrable skills for our students to carry with them into adult life, simultaneously promoting and enhancing the spiritual, moral, cultural, cognitive, social, physical, emotional and sensory development of all pupils


  • provide a positive and stimulating environment in which each pupil is considered individually, feels safe, valued and able to take risks in a supported way. We will develop positive relationships with all stakeholders in order to achieve the best outcomes for the learners in a relaxed and friendly way


  • Use evaluation and target setting in order to maximise each individual's education potential, acknowledging both their individual preferences and strengths and the unique impact of their autism


  • employ a proactive approach to behaviour, which will enable young people to recognise and take ownership of strategies to monitor and control their own behaviour