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Council announces dedicated support for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Council announces dedicated support for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

11 May 2021
[ Zoom ]
Maiden Erlegh School

Wokingham Borough Council has announced a new resource base for secondary school students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).


The resource will be located at Maiden Erlegh School in Earley and will welcome children from across Wokingham Borough who require dedicated support.


As part of the Wokingham Borough Council’s continued commitment to provide help, support and guidance to families of children with special education needs and disabilities (SEND), this new resource will provide targeted support to those with ASD whose primary needs relate to their social, emotional and mental health.


The resource will open in September this year at Maiden Erlegh school, who were awarded the provision after a competitive process. 


Paul Gibson, head teacher at Maiden Erlegh School said, “Students who come to Maiden Erlegh as part of this new provision will benefit from a dedicated resource space, therapy room, sensory room and specialist SEND classroom.  As well as benefiting from a specialist SEND teacher, they will also spend time, with support, in the mainstream classes, and have full access to extracurricular trips and activities”. 


Sal Thirlway, assistant director for learning, achievement and partnerships, said “We are delighted to see the enthusiasm and excitement from the school in providing this essential resource for young people with ASD. The resource base demonstrates our ambition for all our resource bases to become centres of excellence, and for all our young people to thrive at school to achieve their full potential.”


For further information about help and support available to families of children with special education needs and disabilities, visit wokingham.gov.uk and search SEND.


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