Each school within the NAS Academies Trust has a local governing body that is responsible for the development of the school and for ensuring high quality provision. The role is divided into three key areas:

  • providing a strategic view and implementing the vision and ethos of the school in accordance with the policy framework and strategic direction of the NAS Academies Trust
  • supporting, challenging and monitoring the performance of the senior leadership team
  • ensuring the school is accountable to the children, parents and community it serves.

The core responsibilities of the local governing body include curriculum, staffing, premises, admissions and implementation of policies. Specific functions of the local governing body include:

  • setting targets, priorities and KPIs
  • monitor, evaluate and review the impact and quality of provision to inform the school development process
  • contributing to the development of the school (including detailed scrutiny of the school self-evaluation, development plan and post Ofsted action plan)
  • shaping procedures to implement key policies (including admissions, curriculum, behaviour, inclusion, performance management, health & safety, safeguarding, accessibility plan, and reporting to parents)
  • ensuring the school is welcoming and safe to all students and stakeholders
  • support the recruitment process of senior staff (in consultation with NAS Academies Trust)
  • pupil admission and appeals process within designated as autism spectrum school. This designation can only legally be changed by agreement of the Trust and Department for Education
  • approving the school’s annual budget (in agreement with NAS Academies Trust).

Curriculum

We recognise that each young person on the autism spectrum has unique needs and unique approaches to learning. We therefore personalise the curriculum to meet the individual needs of each student.

We seek to engage our students in school and learning through the delivery of a flexible and challenging curriculum where all lessons have a sense of discovery. We provide opportunities for young people to develop their confidence and self-esteem, to think creatively and take risks, work independently and collaboratively, and to respect others.

Our aim is to increase the opportunities available to young people. We identify and nurture each young person’s talents so they experience success, develop confidence and thrive. We provide pupils with opportunities to learn skills, understand their own difficulties and strengths and develop ‘personal tool kits’ to help them through stages of life. We work collaboratively ensuring we support the outcomes that are important to parents and health and social care professionals.

The purpose of our curriculum is to provide students with a foundation of knowledge and skills that will prepare them for their future adult life, and increase their opportunities and inclusion in society. We deliver personalised learning that capitalises on individual strengths and removes barriers to learning, enabling our students to achieve their potential and beyond!

We provide all students with a broad, balanced, relevant and purposeful curriculum. The curriculum promotes the intellectual, personal, social and physical development of all students. The curriculum takes account of students' differing abilities, experiences and profile in order to provide all students with both challenge and opportunity. Students will be able to access both the National Curriculum and our own autism-specialist curriculum. Our curriculum is based on our tried and tested curriculum within our excellent NAS schools which we've built up over the last 50+ years.

The curriculum is sufficiently flexible to facilitate some students accessing learning at partner mainstream schools where appropriate. We support students to gain nationally recognised ASDAN qualifications and awards. The focus of the curriculum is supporting young people to make a successful transition into adulthood as confident young people with the necessary skills to live independently, gain paid employment and participate in their local community. We believe education must adapt, and the curriculum is constantly evaluated and reviewed to meet individual needs and the changing values of society (such as the increase in the use of technology). All students have the right to an appropriate curriculum and the school supports the right of all students to equal access regardless age, culture, religion, ability or disability.