There is an ongoing debate over how people with a diagnosis of autism wish to refer to themselves and/or their diagnosis. The phrase ‘person with autism’ (person first) is used frequently in literature, but more recently, there has been a return to the use of the term ‘autistic person’ (or identity first), language driven by the autistic 'community'. This is to recognise the fact that autism is an integral part of a person and nothing to be ashamed of. When talking to people, we will use the words preferred by the person to describe themselves. When we write, we will use both ‘person with autism’, ‘autistic person’ or 'person on the autism spectrum'. We recognise that people can feel strongly about both terminology and language and whilst we do not wish to cause any offence to anyone, we will always prioritise the views of autistic people themselves.
Peterhouse aims to provide a specialist environment which is flexible and responsive in fulfilling the academic, social, emotional and physical potential of all our young people, equipping them with the skills, knowledge and understanding to be a successful adult with autism.
Charges to Parents
School fees are paid by Education Authorities / Social Services / Health Departments and these cover all teaching materials, school meals etc. We do not charge parents for any part of our provision. At times, we may ask for a contribution towards e.g. the cost of outings, residential trips etc - these contributions are voluntary and do not affect whether a pupil is able to take part.
Website Dedication to Martine Platt
We would like to dedicate this website to the memory of Martine Platt (ICT Teacher) who sadly passed away on 24th October 2008. Martine had a major input in setting up the original school website and is fondly remembered by many at Peterhouse.