Complex Needs Resource Base

The Avenue Primary School has a 28 place Complex Needs Resource Base

The Resource Base has places for 28 children across two classes:

Robins Class

Kestrels Class

The Avenue Primary School is one of a few schools across Wiltshire that offers provision to children with Educational Health Care Plans (EHCPs) who are identified as having complex learning needs that may not be able to be met through usual mainstream provision. This provision can only be accessed through the decision making process at Wiltshire Council’s Special Educational Needs Panel and the Annual Review Process.  

Admission to The Avenue Primary School mainstream does not fast track a pupil to the Resource Base provision.

The Avenue Primary School is currently supporting learners, across mainstream and the Complex Needs Resource Base, with a variety of needs including:

  • Speech and language difficulties,
  • Visual impairments
  • Hearing impairments
  • Physical impairments
  • Global developmental delay
  • Autism Spectrum Condition
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder
  • Attachment difficulties
  • Dyslexia
  • Dyspraxia
  • Chromosomal Disorders

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What is the Resource Base?

The Resource Base is for pupils with complex needs, whose academic or personal development is currently significantly behind their chronological age. We work with pupils with a range of special education needs and diagnosis. Providing access to a main stream setting with enhanced support. As such our learning and curriculum will look similar to aspects of the mains school but with bespoke adaptations to meet different learning needs and requirements. We have two distinct classes in the Resource Base- Robins and Kestrels.

Robins- focus on early informal play based learning and acquiring the skills need to access school life. The are fortunate to have their own play space, quiet space and accessible facilities.

Kestrel- focus more on formal learning with opportunities to develop their personal skills and talents. They have two class rooms which they are able to move between when completing their work (one more formal and one informal) and use the schools facilities to access social play times.

We work closely with a range of outside professionals when required such as Educational Psychologists, Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists etc.

The aim of the Resource Base is for pupils to learn appropriate academic skills and to develop the life skills necessary to become a member of society. Class sizes are smaller with around 14 pupils in each class and there is a high level of additional adult support in each class depending on the cohorts needs.

The Resource Base pupils are very much part of the wider school taking part in whole school activities such as assemblies, social times, extracurricular activities and the rewards system and some pupils will access mainstream teaching and classes. Much of the rest of the school day the pupils are taught by a main class teacher who specialises in teaching pupils with special educational needs. Where appropriate some pupils will access mainstream lessons depending on their ability to do so. We also run interventions in small groups usually led by the Teaching Assistants which are planned based on the cohorts needs.

The curriculum where possible mirrors that of the mainstream so that all children have the same access of content and subjects as mainstream pupils. In addition the Resource base pupils will be able to access to many of the interventions of their peers.

What will my child receive?

  • Qualified Teacher
  • Daily Reading or Phonics
  • Additional numeracy intervention
  • ELSA/ Thrive intervention
  • Woodland learning and PE sessions
  • TA support
  • Access to the main school site and curriculum time to work on personal development and a skills curriculum.    ​


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