The Oakmore Centre opened in September 2007. It is situated on the learning campus of the Oak Lodge/Applemore College campus and is a joint provision between the two schools. The Centre provides a base for 13 pupils, of average ability, diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome or High Functioning Autism. The Centre caters specifically for identified pupils on the Autism Spectrum, who are at risk of failing to achieve their social, developmental or academic potential due to high anxiety or fragile mental health. Oakmore provides a safe, secure, holistic and nurturing environment, which enables the pupils to achieve and thrive. The Centre provides flexibility in meeting every child’s needs through a more individualised timetable and support.
Pupils are offered an appropriately challenging curriculum, including GCSE and accredited courses and work-related opportunities.
1:1 work, small group teaching, emotional literacy and stress or anger management input. Occupational Therapy, life skills and social skills are delivered within the Centre.
Pupils access facilities in Oak Lodge including Food Technology, Art and Music and are taught by specialist teachers from Oak Lodge.
Pupils are allocated a tutor group in Oak Lodge becoming integrated members of the school, participating in assemblies, social activities and school trips, where appropriate.
Identified pupils who are able to access a mainstream learning environment, on a part time basis, access facilities in Applemore College. They are taught by specialist teachers in areas of particular strength e.g. Maths and Science and receive support in Oakmore to complete work missed due to timetable clashes.
Other pupils are supported to attend core subjects in Oak Lodge School.
The staff team work closely with the whole family ensuring that they are fully involved in the process of supporting the pupils as they continue with their education. Staff liaise with parents on a daily basis through email, a home/school contact book and telephone calls.
Staff working in the Oakmore Centre liaise closely with colleagues from Health and Social Care to ensure that the needs of the whole child are met.
Training for staff in the two schools
Outreach to other secondary schools
Extended school activities
A resource centre