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
- 01635 510500
- Trinity ASD Resource
Where to go
- Autism Resource
- RG14 2DU
Time / Date Details
- When is it on
- School hours during term time
- Age Ranges
- Referral required
- 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.
- Has Provision
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
- SEN Provision Type
- Autistic Spectrum Disorder
- Local Offer Age Bands
12 to 14
15 to 16
16 to 18
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.
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.
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
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.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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