Arc Oakbridge School in Hockley, Birmingham will be a new independent special school providing education for boys and girls who are on the autism spectrum and have complex needs. We will be able to offer places to children with autism, including Asperger’s Syndrome and higher functioning autism. Autism with co-existing social emotional and mental health difficulties, moderate learning difficulties, ADHD and other challenges may also be considered for placement. The age range at the school will be between 7 and 17 years and we plan to gradually offer up to 43 places.
The school will provide Birmingham and surrounding areas with a specially designed, state of the art learning environment created to meet the needs of children and young people with autism. It will be a calm, low arousal, safe, positive and nurturing place where children can learn and grow.
Class sizes will be very small and classrooms will be ‘enabling environments’ with sensory lighting, muted colours, individual work stations and visual timetables. The curriculum will be designed to meet the specific academic, social, emotional and sensory needs of each individual child. Through close partnerships with families, professionals and the wider community, Arc Oakbridge School will ensure that all children who attend the school thrive.