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Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Responsible And Make Good Choices

Barming Pre-School and Primary School

Be Kind, Be Safe, Be Responsible And Make Good Choices

Welcome to Term 6 - Monday 3rd June to Friday 19 July! Monday 22nd July and Tuesday 23rd July are INSET days and we are closed to children.
Welcome to Barming Pre-School and Primary School
We are a 2 form entry primary school on the outskirts of Maidstone. It is a co-educational school for children aged 2 to 11 years old. There are currently 416 children on roll.
A Message from the Headteacher
Barming Primary School has so much to offer. Everyone is welcome and children are encouraged to flourish and achieve their goals. Come and find out what we are all about!
Orchard Academy Trust
Barming Primary School is an Academy and is part of the Orchard Trust family of schools. The Trust currently consists of Allington Primary School and Barming Primary School.

Support for children with Autism

Autism comes under the umbrella of neurodiversity and can be referred to as ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder) or ASC (Autistic Spectrum Condition).   There is a current shift away from the use of ASD towards ASC, as condition sounds nicer than disorder.


What is Autism?


The term autism refers to neurological differences in brain development that has a marked effect on how a person develops.



“…the simplest explanation of autism is that it is a different cognitive and sensory state - in other words, a hard-wired difference in the way your child thinks and responds to the sensory environment.”

“Autism & Asperger Syndrome in Children” by Dr Luke Beardon: 2019.



Like a learning disability, autism is a lifelong condition.   Autism is sometimes referred to as a spectrum, due to the fact that autism can present itself in a range of ways.


Autism is not a learning disability, but around half of autistic people may also have a learning disability.


There are three common features of autism, which might affect the way a person:


  1. interacts with others in a social situation
  2. is able to communicate with others
  3. experiences the world around them.

Signs of autism


The signs of autism will be different for everyone, and affect different people in different ways in different environments (they are dimensional), but you might notice some of the following if your child has autism:


  • difficulty interpreting verbal and non-verbal language
  • difficulty 'reading' other people and expressing their own emotions
  • sensory sensitivity and highly focussed interests
  • repetitive behaviour and routines
  • behaviour that challenges, such as episodes of frustration or in some cases violent behaviour.


This is not a full list, so please speak to a member of staff or contact your GP if you have concerns.


Further information can be found at the Mencap Website.   Please click on the link.

“I am a proud father of a daughter with autism - she has a heart of gold and is incredibly caring.   She loves music, singing and dancing!   Many people see this side, however, there is a far more challenging side – immense explosive behaviour where she becomes cross and/or angry, she trashes her room, breaks things, screams at people and says hurtful things!   It is hard to stay calm and not take it personal, however, I always remember that she does not mean this.   Afterwards, when the dust has settled she is heartfelt sorry and always wants a cuddle – you can’t beat that feeling!   When my wife and I were going through the process with our daughter, the paediatrician said to us ‘autism is a reason for the behaviours, but it does not excuse certain behaviours – your daughter will need to learn strategies to self-regulate and you will have to try/use different strategies to support her.’   This is a lifelong commitment!”  

Mr Laker, Headteacher.

In order to better understand autism (and ADHD, as my daughter also has this – research shows that there is between 50 and 80% overlap of symptoms) and more importantly my daughter, I have read and watched a lot.   Below are some books/websites you might want to read or programmes you may wish to watch.



There are also lots of other books you may come across and there are plenty of books about autism written for children to either help explain it to them or who introduce characters who have autism.

  • Barming Pre-School and Primary School,
  • Belmont Close, Barming,
  • Maidstone, Kent,
  • ME16 9DY
  • 01622 726472