As part of the expanding provision at Swanwick School & Sports College the school has recently opened a new provision for young people with High Functioning Autism/Aspergers Syndrome. The provision is led by Ms Debbie Maher who has over 25 years experience of teaching and working with young people with autism.
The provision will see SSSC expand its scope to working with young people with average or higher ability who have struggled in mainstream education.
The new ASD provision at Swanwick School & Sports College is for pupils with a Statement of SEN who have a diagnosis of High Functioning Autism/Aspergers, with which there may be associated complex and/or challenging behaviours. The pupils will be of average ability or greater.
The provision is designed to meet the needs of 10-12 pupils with a Statement of SEN. At the point of admission pupils will be Key Stage 3 or Key Stage 4. However the decision on placement will be made by the Local Authority, dependent on the mix of pupils already attending, and on individual assessment by SSSC staff.
The Hub sits within the SSSC site but can have separate entrance and facilities if required.
The Hub operates flexibly in co-operation with the main SSSC site, mainstream schools and alternative educational programme providers, depending on the individual needs of each pupil.
Wherever it is appropriate it is the aim that the young people attending The Hub will access some or all of their education alongside the existing pupil population of SSSC in order to build and improve their social skills. Whilst the existing pupils within SSSC may have other needs the main school classrooms do offer a non threatening environment for positive social interaction, role modelling and observation.
Although we are a special school SSSC has experience of teaching GCSE courses in a number of subjects. As the pupils in the new provision will be of average or higher ability we will look to extend both the range and level of qualifications available to our pupils as they progress into Key Stage 4. We are also looking to establish links with mainstream schools in order to offer our young people the chance to access some of their education within a mainstream environment if we feel this supports the young persons’ academic and social development.
The Hub is designed as an extension of the provision that is already available in Derbyshire through mainstream schools and Autism Resource Centres and is designed to meet the meets of pupils with the most complex and significant needs who the Local Authority might otherwise have to consider placing in independent school provision.