Oaklands Autism Base provides for pupils in KS1 and KS2 who are at, or close to, mainstream age related academic expectations, but have experienced significant social communication barriers in the mainstream classroom environment.
All pupils are placed at Oaklands Autism Base by the Local Authority. Each pupil has an Education and Health Care Plan which formally names Oaklands Autism Base in Section I. It is not possible to access a base placement via a mainstream school place. The base does not offer ‘dual roll’ placements with other settings.
Oaklands Autism Base has the following agreed entry criteria:
Only in very exceptional circumstances would a placement be offered to begin at Year 6 due to the proximity of Year 7 transition.
The vast majority of our pupils move on to our sister base, The Preston Centre, at Preston School Academy in Yeovil. However, depending on the geographical location of their home, some pupils are placed at The Cedar Centre in Taunton.
Some pupils who need a more specialist approach for Year 7 access Fairmead School in Yeovil.
Transition planning begins in the Summer term of Year 5 and is a collaboration between parents, staff at Oaklands and the local authority.
Base staff are happy to discuss the provision on offer with prospective parents. Please contact the school office in the first instance. We are not able to offer child-specific advice or suggest whether placement at the base would be suitable for a particular child.
Under normal circumstances we are very happy to offer tours of the school and specialist provision, and we hope to be able to resume this soon. In the meantime, please enjoy our video tour of the base.