The Acorns

Background

The Autism Resource at Westende supports pupils with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Supported inclusion

At the Acorns we support pupils with ASD for whom it is not possible to meet their needs through an ordinary placement in a mainstream primary school. In the Acorns these pupils can receive both specialist teaching such as Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy and Social Skills, as well as step-by-step, supported inclusion into the mainstream school.

Admissions Policy

The Acorns has fourteen full-time places for children aged 7-11 years. Admissions to the Acorns are decided by a panel representing the Special Educational Needs (SEN) section of the Education Department of Wokingham Borough Council.

Before an application for a placement can be considered each pupil will need to meet the following criteria:-

  • An Education, Health and Care Plan
  • A diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • The potential for inclusion in a mainstream primary school.

Acorns Staff:

SENCO - Mrs Zaky

Mrs Witkowska - Resource Teacher

Mrs Wilkinson - Resource Teacher

Miss Bell - HLTA

Teaching Assistants (TAs): Ms Rowles, Mrs Cummings, Mrs Sethi, Mrs Bell, Mrs Roppa, Mrs Gale.

The teachers and TAs work with the pupils in the Acorns or in the mainstream classroom as appropriate to that particular pupil.

For more information on ASD visit the National Autistic Society website.

If you wish to apply for a place for your child at the Acorns or need further information please ring the Wokingham Borough Council Special Educational Needs Team on 0118 974 6216.