Blackhorse Resource Base
We are a specialist setting for autistic children at the heart of Blackhorse Primary school. We build 'Champion Learners' through extensive opportunity, expert tuition, purposeful practice and personal effort. We believe that every child should have the opportunity to thrive in an environment which provides:
A - Aspirational Outcomes for every child
U - Understanding of uniqueness and self-identify
T - Targeted Teaching, Learning and Intervention
I - Inclusion opportunities with our peers and communities
S - Skills for life
M -Modelling, recognition and teaching to support emotional regulation
At Blackhorse Primary School we are proud of our Resource Base for pupils with Autism or Social Communication Difficulties. We are the only provision for children of primary school age supporting in this area of need within South Gloucestershire.
All pupils allocated a Resource Base place have 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 resource base support. Our expectation is that by the time of the pupil’s first annual review there will be some 'inclusion' within the mainstream school taking place, for at least part of the week.
Each of our Resource Base pupils is on roll in a mainstream class as well as having a classbased place within the RB, either within Cherry Class (EYFS and KS1) or Sycamore Class (KS2). We work towards including pupils according to their needs and abilities with their mainstream peers and learning. Wherever possible our pupils participate in the full life of school during their 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.
Resource Base pupil’s academic progress and attainment is important and alongside this a key focus for us is on teaching communication and social skills in context, as well as developing our pupil’s emotional understanding, regulation and resilience.
Each child is an individual and we aim to equip them with specific strategies in order to support them in managing day to day challenging situations with growing independence. We work towards enabling them to understand their 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 our children to develop strategies to manage some of the challenges they may face now and in the future.