Oaklands Autism Base provides for pupils in KS1 and KS2 who are at, or close to, mainstream age related academic expectations, but have experienced significant social communication barriers in the mainstream classroom environment.
All pupils are placed at Oaklands Autism Base by the Local Authority. Each pupil has an Education and Health Care Plan which formally names Oaklands Autism Base in Section I. It is not possible to access a base placement via a mainstream school place. The base does not offer 'dual roll' placements with other settings.
Oaklands Autism Base has the following agreed entry criteria:
Pupils are not generally placed at Oaklands Autism Base as their first placement upon starting school and the base does not make provision for the EYFS curriculum. Pupils diagnosed with autism prior to starting school would be expected to attend their catchment school or, where significant need is already evidenced and EHCP in place, a Special School.
Only in very exceptional circumstances would a placement be offered to begin at Year 6 due to the proximity of Year 7 transition.
Staff at the base are happy to offer tours to prospective parents and offer general information about the provision available at the school. However, we cannot offer child-specific advice or suggest whether placement would be appropriate for any individual.
To arrange a tour, please contact the school office in the first instance by phone or email.