Classrooms throughout the school are designed to support the particular range of teaching strategies, methodologies and organisational structures required by pupils with autism. Each classroom has a dedicated work, pastoral and kitchen area as well as an adjoining ‘small room’ which provides an additional space for individual work or calming and relaxation. Most classrooms on the ground floor have an external door to an individual small, safe outdoor classroom area which then gives onto a shared key stage play area.
Teaching and learning are supported by excellent ICT facilities in our classrooms: interactive whiteboards, PCs and pupil laptops help us to meet individual needs and learning styles.
Subject Specialist Area
Specialist teaching rooms support the provision of a broad and balanced curriculum appropriate for the different age groups of pupils across the school. Science, woodwork and 2 food technology bases enable pupils to develop both basic skills and understanding in these areas and higher level skills to support them accessing more academic routes at our partner mainstream high school or adult training pathways at local colleges.
Our ICT suite is a very popular room with pupils across the school; the 12 PCs enable individual access for all pupils in a class group and a group teaching space with interactive whiteboard reinforces understanding and whole group interaction around the theme.
Individual teaching rooms for art, music and drama support the development of our specialism in the creative arts.
A generously sized gym gives us a specialist space for PE and sport activities and its double height provides an excellent facility for rebound therapy. The school benefits from 2 trampolines and almost half the staff trained in rebound.
Sensory and Softplay
Separate specialist facilities for younger and older pupils enhance the sensory curriculum and the therapeutic programmes for individual children and young people. Teaching and learning extend into these areas which provide excellent opportunities for communication and interaction at all levels of ability.
The Sixth Form
The Sixth Form (16 - 19 Years)
This is a discrete area of the school which provides excellent facilities for preparing students for moving on from school. A central ‘shared heart’ communal area leads to 3 classrooms with individual small rooms and a shared relaxation area; 3 vocational rooms, drama, food preparation and woodwork; and a training flat. The environment has been designed to promote students’ independence and organisational skills as well as fostering the Arts and creativity, enterprise and nationally accredited basic skills programmes
In our new playgrounds we have superb climbing equipment that the children can enjoy. There are also large sandpit areas in the lower school playgrounds. The older children benefit from a big sports yard, where they can play games such as basketball. There are grassed areas for everyone in warmer months.
The school now has a conference room, numerous meeting rooms and a multi- purpose hall which can accommodate over one hundred and fifty people. These facilities give us opportunities to extend our training and development work in the field of autism for the school staff, parents, multi- agency colleagues and partner schools.