In 2013 Swanwick School and Sports College expanded its provision and opened The Hub. The Hub is a provision for young people who have a diagnosis of High Functioning Autism. The young people have average or above average academic ability and have struggled in mainstream. Some have associated complex and / or challenging behaviours.
The provision is designed to meet the needs of 10 – 12 students with EHC plans. At the point of admission they are in Key Stage 3 or 4. However, the decision on placement is 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 has a separate entrance and facilities.
The Hub operates 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 young people attending The Hub 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 a range of other learning needs the main school classrooms 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 pupils in The Hub are of average or higher ability we look to extend both the range and level of qualifications available to our pupils as they progress into Key Stage 4. We also look 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 person’s 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 Centers and is designed to meet the needs of pupils with the most complex and significant needs whom the Local Authority might otherwise have to consider placing in independent school provision.