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Sharing Best Practice

At Perseid our role as a three times outstanding special school and National Teaching School is to blaze a trail for outstanding educational practice in the area of complex needs. Examples of Teaching School research and development work are showcased on our Merton Special Teaching Alliance website and we additionally showcase here examples of best practice which may be of interest to colleagues and the wider educational community.


SSAT Journal Summer 2016  

 Rosie Lawrence, Reception Teacher, in partnership with Martin Clarkson have produced a very interesting article titled 'Distraction of Mental Arithmetic by Background Speech' to read the full article click on the link below.

 Distraction of Mental Arithmetic by Background Speech



Perseid School

The Annual Report of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education,

Children’s Services and Skills 2015/16

 1st December 2016

Perseid School, an outstanding specialist school in communication and interaction, is delighted to be featured in Sir Michael Wilshaw’s last Annual Report as Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Schools. The report is underpinned by the findings of almost 25,000 inspections of schools, colleges and providers of early years and further education and skills.

Perseid was selected as an example of high-quality education and best practice. The report stated: “Perseid School is a happy and inspirational place. Pupils are keen to get off the buses when they arrive because they enjoy coming to school. External partners and other professionals recognise that leaders and governors are committed to ensuring that the school remains a centre of excellence that others can learn from. This has led to the school becoming the hub of a teaching school alliance and a valued training provider within the local area.”

The report also highlighted the good work of the school’s governors and senior leadership: “Leaders and governors are continually looking for ways to make further improvements. They constantly evaluate how their actions are making a difference and draw on the advice of other professionals to confirm their findings. They will not compromise on the high standards of care and education provided throughout the school.”

Tina Harvey, Headteacher, commented: “We are thrilled to receive this recognition from Ofsted. This is the icing on the cake following the ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted hat-trick that we achieved after our most recent judgement in December 2015. We wish to extend our thanks to staff, governors and parents for their dedication, hard work and commitment. Their wonderful contribution makes Perseid such a vibrant and successful school and contributes to the amazing experience and education of our young people.

To view the full report click on the link below.

Ofsted Annual Report

For further information, contact:

Tina Harvey, Headteacher

Perseid Upper School
Middleton Road 

Telephone: 020 8648 9737



Our school achieves its second National Autistic Society Accreditation


Our school is recognised as being committed to understanding Autism and achieving the standards for meeting the needs of pupils with Autism. 

“Perseid School is committed to the well-being of the children and young people across the school” 

“Throughout the review the school provided a calm, purposeful and supportive atmosphere.”

 “Observations demonstrated very strong use of TEACCH principles, very evident use of structure and individualised visual supports to signpost transition and change.”


Following a two-day inspection process in May 2016, involving parental questionnaires, lesson observations, scrutinising of paperwork and policies and staff and pupil interviews, Perseid School is proud to achieve recognition for its work in teaching and supporting pupils with Autism.  The report highlighted that “Perseid School recognises the importance of working closely with parents…” and this was supported by the responses from the parental questionnaire.  93.75% of responses were rated as ‘happy’ or ‘very happy’ with the school provision for their son/daughter.

 The strengths identified by the inspection team were: 

  • Staff training – the continued professional development of all staff ensures that staff have the necessary skills to support pupils with autism.
  • Communication – “The consistent use of PECS… with its support for communication throughout the day providing children and young people with a voice is considered an area of strength.”
  • Behaviour Focus Group – a strategy developed to ensure students with complex behavioural difficulties are supported to acquire prerequisite skills to learning
  • Visual Supports – “The creative, individualised and well produced visual supports consistently provided for children and young people across the school to structure sessions and enable access to learning is considered to be an area of specific strength.” 

As a school we continue to strive towards developing our provision for pupils with Autism and this accreditation ensures recognition for what we do and supports us in moving forward.


Accreditation Team




 Kim Bulman, Assistant Head, Upper School  Emma Westwood, Assistant Head Lower School  Penny Hamiliton, Assistant Head Lower School  Jenny Smith, KS3 Teacher Camilla Cronin-Reay, KS1 Teacher