ARC (Autistic Resource Centre)

We cater for students who have been assessed as being on the Autistic Spectrum, and would benefit from access to mainstream curriculum. We provide all of our students with opportunities to thrive, to learn, and to make the most of all of their skills and talents.  The Centre has 15 places for students in Years 7 to 11.

The curriculum for ARC students is modified to focus on communication, behaviour and social interaction. Emphasis is also given to developing life skills.

The Integrated Multidisciplinary Team

ARC Students have access to a team of support, this includes Speech and Language Therapists and Occupational Therapists. They focus on supporting physical development and independence across the school and all language and communication needs. We can also access other types of support from outside agencies when necessary.

Extra Curricular Support (Prep)

Our students have access to supported provision for prep within the Centre, which allows them to complete all their homework tasks.

Partnership

ARC parents/carers are a vital part of our ARC community. We support our families in a variety of ways through daily contact via the home/ school book, regular progress meetings, and opportunities for parents/carers to meet and chat over a coffee. We operate an open door policy and parents/ carers are invited to join any ARC activity at any time.

The National Curriculum

All students have access to the full National Curriculum at Key Stage 3 and 4 and are included in mainstream lessons (according to their needs). The balance between the time spent in the ARC and the main school will be dependent on individual needs. All ASD students have access to specialised programmes tailored for them—this often includes lessons in small groups taught by a specialist teacher.

Integration

All our students are encouraged to integrate into the mainstream school. Mainstream students are invited up to the ARC to join in various activities.


Our Aims

  • To provide an education for students with an ASD which meets all of their individual needs and prepares them to live as independent a life as possible as an adult, so that they can become productive and happy members of society
  • To offer a broad, balanced and dynamic curriculum individually tailored to promote the academic, personal and social development of each individual student.
  • To provide structures and strategies to enable ASD students to achieve their academic , personal and social potential.
  • To promote self esteem and self worth at all times.
  • To facilitate the integration of ASD students in all areas of school life where, and whenever it is deemed beneficial and appropriate for all the students.
  • To liaise with parents and external agencies to help ensure the continuity of students’ needs are met in the wider community.
  • To promote awareness and understanding of ASD within the school.

Contact Details

If there are any aspects of the ARC you would like to enquire about please contact us:

Head of The Arc - Sharron Rayn

s.ryan@springwestacademy.org

Phone: 0208 8313000 ext 5910