Autism Resource Provision – Trinity School

Last updated: 21/02/2023

Trinity is home to one of West Berkshire’s resource bases; the Autism Resource. This resource caters for students who have an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP) for Autism and, without specialist intervention would struggle in a mainstream school.

The Autism Resource hosts two classrooms, various meeting and small group rooms, a kitchen/common room, an office, a sensory room and a quiet zone. Within the Autism Resource there is a dedicated team of staff; currently one Teacher in Charge, one HLTA and Teaching Assistants. The Autism Resource has space for 15 students with a primary need of Autism. The students are supported by the staff to access the curriculum within mainstream lessons. They are also given a variety of supporting interventions within the Autism Resource such as life skills sessions, social skills sessions, esteem building and therapy.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Rachel Raybould
Contact Position
Teacher in Charge
Telephone
01635 510500
E-mail
rraybould@trinity.newburyacademytrust.org
Website
Trinity ASD Resource

Where to go

Name
Autism Resource
Address
Trinity School
Love Lane
Shaw
Newbury
West Berkshire
Postcode
RG14 2DU

Time / Date Details

When is it on
School hours during term time

Other Details

Availability

Age Ranges
Referral required
Yes
Other notes

What training and support is offered to mainstream staff?

All staff receive training on supporting students with autism in a mainstream environment. Staff have access to support and guidance, from the Teacher in Charge. Staff attend courses run by external agencies and the Local Authority as applicable.

Inclusion Information

Dietary Needs

Has Provision
Yes

Local Offer

Description

The Teacher in Charge is a fully qualified teacher and has experience in a variety of settings including a School providing support and education for Children with Moderate Learning Difficulties and working with students with autism. The TAs have experience of supporting students with complex needs in mainstream settings.  All staff have received comprehensive training in autism and education.

Contact Name
Sara Kemp
Contact Telephone
01635 510500
Contact Email
skemp@trinity.newburyacademytrust.org
SEN Provision Type
Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Local Offer Age Bands
12 to 14
15 to 16
16 to 18

General Provider

Is your service accessible? (consider in general terms how you make your service accessible, in addition to any specific premises issues)

The Autism Resource is on the first floor of the school site and is accessible via stairs. There is no access via a lift to the Autism Resource.

What are the eligibility criteria for your service? (please include any age restrictions, types of need catered for etc)

The Autism Resource caters for children with a diagnosis of Autism, which has a significant impact on the student’s learning and development. The need should be such that students require specialised adult support in order to access the curriculum, and for the student to make academic and developmental progress. The Autism Resource can cater for students who meet the following criteria:

• Meet the LA’s statutory assessment criteria for an Education, Health and Care Plan with a Primary Need of autism

• Have a diagnosis of autism which has a significant impact on learning and development

• Have autism and associated difficulties which affect access to the curriculum and require specialist teaching or support, including a high level of anxiety, significant difficulties with social communication, or a high level of sensory integration difficulties

• Have a level of ability within the range expected in a mainstream school

• Have sufficient language ability to access the mainstream curriculum

• Can access the mainstream curriculum but may need it presented in a highly specialised and flexible way and with opportunities for consolidation

• Require intensive, specialist teaching and support to achieve the outcomes identified within their EHC Plan, this includes: o A highly personalised programme to support needs associated with autism within a flexible approach to adapt to the needs of individual students

o Access to a high level of support from teachers qualified and experienced in teaching pupils with autism

o Access to appropriate advice and support from speech and language therapy

o Access to appropriate advice and support from occupational therapy

o A high level of support across the curriculum to include appropriate individual intervention and/or small group work

o A carefully planned approach to supporting transition into mainstream environments

o Supported inclusion in the mainstream environment

o The possibility of access to an alternative curriculum, for example, at Key Stage 4, a reduced timetable for GCSEs and/or opportunities to engage with providers of alternative education

o An environment and ethos of awareness of the needs of students with autism within the wider school, and where all staff have relevant training.

The provision will not be suitable for students whose primary need is related to:

• Emotional and behavioural difficulties

• Speech and language delay.

How are referrals/applications made to your service? (include details of who can refer/apply and referral and application process)

Applications are made directly through the Local Authority. Parents of students who live in West Berkshire are welcome to contact the school to arrange a visit. Those who live outside West Berkshire must contact the LA in the first instance. Local Authority SEND Team, Telephone number : 01635 519713

Who provides / funds your service?
Local Authority
Are children, young people, parents / carers charged for your service?
No
Inspection outcomes/quality awards

The school was last inspected by OFSTED in July 2018. The school was found to be Good with particular praise regarding how SEND is led and managed within the school. The report noted that “those with special educational needs make good progress and gain valuable qualifications.”

Feedback and complaints procedure

Any complaints should be directed initially to the Teacher in Charge of the Resource, and then to Sara Kemp, Deputy Headteacher & SENDCo; an approachable professional who fosters positive relationships with parents through good communication making the parent teacher partnership a valuable and effective one. The school’s complaints procedure is available at the school and can be found here on the schools website: https://www.trinitynewbury.org/index.phtml?d=553000. If issues remain unresolved the Service Manager for SEN and Disabled Children’s Team: SEN and DCT Service Manager, Council Offices, Market Street, Newbury RG14 5LD 01635 503646 jane.seymour@westberks.gov.uk

How will I know my child will be safe using this service?

All staff receive regular safeguarding training and are DBS checked. All staff and students will be subject to school policies and procedures including health and safety, safeguarding.

Quality checks

  • Not applicable

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