Anderson School in Chigwell is a secondary school and sixth form on the Enterprise Campus. It educates and prepares young autistic people from Essex and surrounding areas for meaningful and active working lives.
At the heart of the curriculum are practical skills for work and life, for example, emotional resilience, using public transport or preparing for interviews.
We also strive for academic excellence and aim for students to achieve academic progress in line with other young people their age. To support this we teach traditional core subjects such as English, Maths and Science alongside other academic and vocational subjects such as Geography, Art and Food Technology.
Our curriculum includes the key stages of the national curriculum as well as traditional vocational and academic qualifications such as BTEC, GCSE and A Levels. These are adapted for each child according to their abilities and preferred way of working.
Once a baseline assessment has taken place, a personalised route is designed specifically for the student, taking into account the aspirations of the young person and their family and possible future employment opportunities.
There are three main pathways they can follow:
- further education
- life skills.
The ratio of academic, life skills and work-related learning varies depending on the needs, aspirations and pathway the student follows.