Our Autism Support Classes

Our Autism Support Classes

Our Autism Support Class first opened on the 1st of September, 1999 with two children, a teacher and a Special Needs Assistant (S.N.A.). It has grown rapidly over the years and now we have three classes – an Early Intervention Class (pre-school – Acorns) for children with Autism from 3-6 yrs, a Junior Class (Saplings) and a Senior Class (Mighty Oaks). Each class has a maximum of six children. There are now eighteen children in our Autism Support Classes and a staff of three teachers and six S.N.A.s.

The first class for children with Autism was accommodated in the local hall and later in a purpose built pre-fab. Nowadays, our Autism Support Classes’ accommodation is first rate – comprising of three classrooms – each with a quiet room, toilets, a central activities area and a multi-sensory room. A soft play-ground has been added at the side of the school with climbing equipment and slides for the children to play at lunch times.

Our school promotes inclusion. We practice reverse integration, where small groups of children from mainstream classes join their peers in our special classes for certain activities, and integration, where the children from our special classes join their mainstream peers in a mainstream class..

All the children play together in the yard with extra supervision by Teachers and Special Needs Assistants.