Question and Answers relating to Jigsaw School
Jigsaw School is located on Dunsfold Park, near Cranleigh in Surrey. For a map, please visit our Contact page.
The Jigsaw Trust opened Jigsaw CABAS® School in September 1999 as an independent day school for pupils with Autism Spectrum Disorders. It is one of a few schools in the UK offering a structured programme of intensive intervention based on the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA).
CABAS® stands for The Comprehensive Application of Behaviour Analysis to Schooling a research-driven system-wide approach providing individualised programmes for children and young people with and without disabilities. It was developed by R. Douglas Greer PhD and colleagues of Teachers College, Columbia University over 35 years ago. As a CABAS school our goals are to accelerate children’s learning, the ability to learn in new ways, and to acquire the ability to learn independently. It is also as important that children learn to expand their community of reinforcers, or passionate interests, as it is to teach them to do things they could not do without special instruction. You can read more on our Teaching & Learning pages.
Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) is a structured teaching programme built on a discipline devoted to the understanding and improvement of human behaviour. It is described in more detail within our Prospectus.
Jigsaw School has been recognised as "OUTSTANDING" at our last three Ofsted inspections, in 2010, 2013 and again in 2016. Our 2016 Report can be found on our Reports & Policies page.
Jigsaw School can take up to 68 pupils at its site on Dunsfold Park
We hold regular open mornings for new potential parents. Details and dates are listed on the Open Mornings page under the Admissions menu.
Jigsaw School has a Director of Education, Emma Hawkins, who oversees the full curriculum and individualised education plans for all pupils. In addition, Kate Grant, one of the Charity’s founding parents and previously Executive Head of the School, is now Chief Executive of the overarching charity, Jigsaw Trust.
Across the School and Jigsaw+ we have 8 BCBAs (Board Certified Behaviour Analysts). All of our teaching staff work through the CABAS® training programme and we have 26 certified behaviour analysts with the CABAS® Board working across the School and Jigsaw+. In addition we have regular visiting CABAS® Consultants including Senior Behaviour Analysts and Research Scientists plus a Therapy Team consisting of two Occupational Therapists and two Speech & Language Therapists. See our Staff page for more info.