We opened a purpose built autism specific school this year to students aged 11 – 19. The unique feature of the school is that it will focus on preparing young people for life and employment or training.
We’ve run autism-specific schools for over 50 years and continue to innovate all the time; we now have a thriving employment offer too, helping 1,000 employers last year to understand autism better. This is why, together with long-term supporter, The Anderson Foundation, we’re excited to combine these two areas of expertise in a pioneering new school for autistic young people.
Only 16% of autistic adults are in full-time employment, though 77% of autistic adults want to work - many have skills and talents that are currently underused. That is why we decided to focus on vital skills for employment in our new school. We’re working with local partners to develop social enterprises on the campus, which will offer hands-on practical experience of work for young adults.
"My ultimate aim for this campus is that every child that leaves school will go into meaningful paid employment or other activity." Mark Lever, Chief Executive, The National Autistic Society.
The wellbeing of autistic children and young people is at the heart of every design decision we make. From small class sizes to purpose-built calm rooms, sensory and therapy rooms, we’ll make adjustments to each student’s environment to help them reach their full potential. This will be complemented by an individual, personalised curriculum tailored to their skills and ambitions for the future.
Building emotional resilience through our social understanding curriculum, completing A-levels or engaging in social enterprise projects or work placements are all examples of the kinds of achievements our students will be making.
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