Oakmore forms an integral part of Oak Lodge and specifically meets the needs of higher functioning pupils with Autism related diagnoses. Pupils are taught within small groups, by staff with specialist knowledge about the barriers to learning experienced by individuals with autism and how to enable them to be successful. We offer a rich, diverse and inspiring curriculum, which not only develops academic and vocational learning but also helps to build the skills they will need to become independent in adult life. Pupils in Oakmore are encouraged to only view autism as a difference and our aim is to enable them to develop a repertoire of strategies which will help them to become happy healthy and independent adults in the future.
Lessons are delivered using specialist ASC strategies to support executive function and are multi-sensory, incorporating a range of learning styles to meet pupil needs. The importance of communication is emphasised across the curriculum and students are encouraged to vocalise their ideas and to speak confidently in a range of settings.
Oakmore provides pupils a safe, structured and supported environment with a high level of adult support and targeted intervention.
The importance or creating the correct sensory environment cannot be underestimated. In order to minimise sensory overload, pupils are taught in small groups in classrooms which are bright, clear and well organised. Children are encouraged to bring in their own sensory tools and have access to quiet working areas if they become dysregulated. Students are encouraged to use breakout rooms and outside spaces, as needed, in order to self-regulate. The Oakmore approach combines reasonable adjustments and takes into account sensory needs in order to maximise participation and engagement, develop resilience and support mental health.
At Key Stage 3 Oakmore pupils follow a broad curriculum akin to the rest of the school, whilst continuing to support their individual therapeutic and sensory needs.
At Key Stage 4 they build on the skills and knowledge gained at Key Stage 3 and embark on the journey towards an appropriate range of accreditations including GCSE, Functional Skills, BTEC or Entry Level as well as some additional qualifications such as Food Hygiene. Please see our Qualifications page here.