At Blackhorse Primary School we are proud of our Resource Base for pupils with Autism or Social Communication Difficulties. Currently we are the only provision for children of primary school age in this area of need within South Gloucestershire.
All pupils allocated a Resource Base place have a Statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education Health and Care Plan (ECHP) and are referred to us via the Local Authority. Our Resource Base has a capacity of 22 children.
Our commissioned role in the Resource Base is to facilitate inclusion for our pupils and enable them to be part of a thriving school community; whilst receiving specialist support, and our expectation is that by the time of the pupil’s first annual review there must be some inclusion within the mainstream class taking place, for at least part of the week.
Each Resource Base pupil is on roll in a mainstream class and we work towards including pupils according to their needs and abilities. Wherever possible our pupils participate in the full life of the school during the school day and are invited to participate in trips, activities and experiences with their mainstream peers.
Our aim in the Resource Base is to create a calm, structured and happy environment in which the pupils feel safe and secure and can learn and develop both their academic skills alongside their social and emotional skills, supported by an experienced staff team.
Although Resource Base pupil’s academic progress and attainment is important, a key focus is on teaching communication and social skills in context, as well as developing our pupil’s emotional understanding.
Each child is an individual and we aim to equip them with specific strategies in order to deal with stressful situations. We work towards enabling them to understand and function in the world we live in to the best of their abilities and as independently as possible.
We recognise that autism is a life- long condition and we aim to support pupils to cope with and manage some of the challenges they face. It is our aim that this support further enables pupils to include in the mainstream classes.