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The Hub

Looking to extend both the range and level of qualifications available to our pupils...

The Hub at Swanwick School and Sports College is for SEN pupils who have a diagnosis of Autism which may have associated complex and /or challenging behaviours. Hub pupils are able to work within the average ability range but may often struggle to realise their potential.

The Hub is for a maximum of 12 Key Stage 3 / Key Stage 4 pupils. Decisions regarding placements are 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 and pupils admitted under Hub criteria access the SSSC curriculum alongside their peers. Where appropriate some Hub pupils may access some subjects at a higher level than their peers. When accessing their education alongside their peer group Hub pupils are given the opportunity to develop and improve their social skills. Whilst many pupils within SSSC have a range of other learning needs the main school classrooms offer a non threatening environment for positive social interaction, role modelling and observation.

As pupils in The Hub are in the average ability range we look to extend both the range and level of qualifications available to our pupils as they progress into Key Stage 4 including GCSEs where applicable. We also have some 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 Centres and is designed to support pupils with the most complex and significant needs associated with Autism Spectrum Disorders.