Aspergers syndrome. Many pupils have other impairments – restricted hearing or vision, cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome and autism. About 10% of pupils have emotional and behavioural difficulties. The complex nature of the impairments has significantly increased in the last few years and this is changing the very nature and culture of the school. Pupils are referred for special education by pre school agencies and schools, via an LEA Educational Psychologist and early intervention is preferable. The school itself is situated in a quiet residential area of Halesowen – one of the furthest outreaches of the Dudley borough. It has extensive grounds with trees and shrubs, and playing fields, which it shares with a primary school at the other end of the campus. Pupils are brought into the school daily by various modes of transport funded by the LEA, from areas in a radius of about 16 miles of the school. Many of our pupils will not attain level 3 of the national curriculum by the end of key stage 3. Staff at the school believes in equal opportunities for all pupils attending Halesbury.