The Abbey Autism Centre
The Abbey Autism Centre contains a specialist provision for 32 students on the Autistic Spectrum. Within this provision, each student has a Statement of Special Educational Needs (SSEN) or an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP) where the primary need is identified as ASD. Students are supported by specialist staff within the provision which composes of three classrooms, a quiet room which students can use, and a speech and language room. It also has a small kitchen area within one of the classrooms to support the development of life skills. Students are able to use their own open space, separate from the main school playground.
Students access the provision in the morning before going to tutor groups in order to give them time to check their timetables and an opportunity to discuss any issues with staff. Students can choose to access our own social area at break and lunch or if appropriate use main school facilities. All students access the main school for most lessons. Within the centre, we offer a programme of personal social development for those students who require it along with access to our speech and language therapist who works within the centre two days a week delivering programmes of functional communication skills in small groups. The aim is to enable each student to be fully included in main school lessons and to study the full range of KS3 and KS4 examination courses and enrichment activities. Each student has a timetable which takes account of their individual needs, providing the appropriate level of support, but has a significant level of challenge built within it. All students join everyone else in taking part in their school activities.
The centre building and facilities have been carefully designed for students with ASD and other students with learning difficulties to enhance accessibility. As a school, we offer regular training to staff about ASD as well as ASD awareness raising among students. We work closely in conjunction with our parents to ensure that we fully meet the needs of every child. The Abbey School is a highly inclusive school and was awarded the IQM Award (Inclusion Quality Mark) which reflects the inclusive work that goes on across the whole school setting. If you wish to visit the school and the centre please contact the school to make an appointment.