- 7 – 16
- Boys / Girls
- Primary need high functioning ASC, with associated complex needs
- Functional Skills, BTECs and GCSE qualifications
- Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy and access to Educational Psychology
- Virtual Reality Technology (VR)
Arc Oakbridge School in the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham, is a new independent special school providing education for young people who are on the autism spectrum and have complex needs.
Class sizes are very small and classrooms are ‘enabling environments’ with sensory lighting, muted colours, individual work stations and visual timetables. The curriculum is designed to meet the specific academic, social, emotional and sensory needs of each young person. Through close partnerships with families, professionals and the wider community, Arc Oakbridge School ensures that all young people thrive.
Education and support staff work alongside and collaborate with therapeutic staff, mirroring the diverse and creative staff team of the Kedleston Group’s other Arc schools. All young people benefit from a range of whole school approaches including sensory friendly spaces, a visual communication system and individual and personalised programmes designed by therapeutic specialist staff.
The therapeutic team will grow to match the needs of the young people, but we aim for it to offer the following: Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy and access to Educational Psychology.
The range of qualifications offered include Functional Skills, BTECs and GCSEs. We offer a core curriculum of English, Maths and Science at various levels, and also include qualifications such as Land-Based Studies and Home Cooking Skills aimed at greater independence.
Facilities include: separate, small and specially lit and decorated classrooms, a science lab, an art studio, and a main central area for dining, assemblies, drama, movement and social time and a safe outdoor play area.
Our school uses Virtual Reality (VR) Technology in order to prepare potential new starters for their experience at the school. The technology shows the end user 360 degree images of the school, school grounds and offsite locations that are visited frequently. This approach is crucial to help support any initial anxieties or concerns a young person may have about starting at the school. The technology can then be used within the school to support lesson understanding and provide a visual stimulus to the children and young people. The technology is not only brilliantly effective, it is also a lot of fun!
At Arc School Oakbridge we use Sleuth to analyse and record behaviour and development of our pupils. This software sits alongside our own assessment framework that can measure the progress of our pupils in relation to the essential skills.