Stoa School

Stoa School is a registered Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation. The trustees are in the process of creating a specialist school for children with autism who have a high level of communication and behavioural needs.

Stoa School – (SCIO) Registered Charity Number SC045381

The school will be the first in Scotland to deliver education through the use of Applied Behavioural Analysis/Verbal Behaviour, which has been shown to be one of the most effective methods of teaching children with autism. In its initial phase the school will operate as a day school, with plans to develop so that it can offer residential provision for those who need it. There are currently no ABA/VB schools in Scotland and no residential schools in Edinburgh for children with autism.

Stoa Saturday School Admissions Policy

Places at Stoa Saturday School are advertised on the Facebook page and on the school website when they become available. At this point applications are invited from parents. Parents who wish to apply are sent a questionnaire which gives the trustees an indication of the level of needs of the pupil. Answers on the questionnaire are given a score which reflects the level of need of the pupil. Places will be allocated according to a combination of the highest scores and an analysis of whether Stoa Saturday School is able to meet the pupil’s needs.

In order to meet application criteria, pupils must have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder and currently be attending a Special Needs school or be receiving fully supported Special Needs education at home. Stoa Saturday school accepts applications from pupils aged 9-15. Once enrolled, pupils may attend the Saturday School until the day of their 17th birthday.

Once the school has accepted an application, arrangements will be made for the consultant to assess the pupil in order to plan their individual programme. This assessment will take place at the pupil’s home.

All places at Stoa Saturday School are subsidised through charitable donations and fundraising, however in order for the service to be sustainable, there remains a fee-paying element, which is as follows:

Standard fees- £60 per day

Income Support Reduction – £30 per day (proof of Income Support will be required)

The offer of a place is subject to:

-A place being available

-Assessment of whether Stoa Saturday School is able to meet the pupil’s needs

-Funding being secured

Once offer of a place is made, it is valid for 6 weeks, after this time a place may be offered to another student.

The Stoa School relies on your donations to provide support for children with autism and their families.