East Park school provides education to children and young people between the ages of 5 and 19, with additional support needs. All pupils have a significant learning difficulty coupled with additional disabilities including physical disability, sensory impairment, ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), Attachment disorder, ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) and challenging behaviour. A high proportion of the pupils are on the autistic spectrum and require specialist techniques and strategies in order to minimise the impact of their barriers to learning. East Park provides comprehensive and appropriate learning environments and opportunities for this group of children/young people, for example through:
- Personal learning plans
- Individual and group teaching and learning
- Elaborated curriculum based on the Curriculum for Excellence
- Post-eighteen education
- Links with colleges and other schools
- Specialised resources and equipment
- Use of community facilities and amenities
- Many are non-verbal communicators, a significant number require intimate and personal care, the majority have no sense of danger, and all require a high staff ratio to enable them to successfully and appropriately access the full curriculum and the community.
Many of the young people have been referred to East Park after other placements have broken down.