The Designated Provision is a setting for children who have a Statement and diagnosis of autism. The Designated Provision caters for up to 16 students across KS3 and KS4.
The aim of the provision is to provide an education appropriate to the needs of each child, both in the Designated Provision and in mainstream classes. The students have opportunities to be involved in a range of activities including one-to-one work, small group work and whole class activities. Students are encouraged to integrate as fully as possible into mainstream school life.
Students accessing mainstream lessons are initially supported by one of our experienced staff from the Designated Provision. When the student is confident, the support is then withdrawn with a view to them becoming independent learners. For those students who find accessing mainstream lessons a challenge, we provide personalised lessons which are differentiated to their level of learning. This includes core subjects such as English, Maths, Science and RE.
The Designated Provision is staffed by an experienced, full time teacher and a group of highly skilled Teaching Assistants. All the staff are experienced in working with children with special educational needs and have received specific training in the field of autism.
The staff work alongside a range of external practitioners including the Speech and Language Therapy Service, to ensure that every student receives a personalised learning programme that supports them to achieve their academic potential.
The Designated Provision is made up of two teaching rooms and a quiet room which offer a calmer learning environment. There is a small outside space which will be developed into a designated sensory zone for students who require a ‘less busy’ playground experience. The students in the DP also have access to all the facilities St Gregory’s Catholic High School has to offer including extra-curricular activities, social events including SEAL evenings.