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Little Acorns

Background
The Autism Resource at Wescott was opened in Spring 2007, as a provision for infant pupils with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The autism base was named Little Acorns by the children of Wescott School Council.

Supported inclusion
At Little Acorns we support pupils with ASD for whom it is not possible to meet their needs through an ordinary placement in a mainstream primary school. At Little Acorns these pupils can receive both specialist teaching such as Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy and Social Skills, as well as step-by-step, supported inclusion into the mainstream school.

Admissions Policy
Little Acorns has eight full-time places for infant aged (4-7) pupils.

Admissions to Little Acorns are decided by a panel representing the Special Educational Needs (SEN) section of the Education Department of Wokingham Borough Council.

Before an application for a placement can be considered each pupil will need to meet the following criteria:

A statement of Special Educational Needs

A diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder

The potential for inclusion in a mainstream primary school.

Little Acorns Staff
Mrs Hood - Teacher in Charge of Resource

Mrs Drew - Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO)

Learning Support Assistants (LSAs)- Mrs Orrin, Ms Wegner, Mrs Mitchley, Mrs Anderson-Peled, Mrs Dolan, Mrs McArthur, Mrs Wrobel, Mrs Le-Monte Shepherd, Ms Baker, Miss Jones and Mrs Froy.

The teacher and LSAs work with the pupils in Little Acorns or in the mainstream classroom as appropriate to that particular pupil.

For more information on Little Acorns please look at the document below.

For more information on ASD visit the National Autistic Society https://www.autism.org.uk/
 
If you wish to apply for a place for your child at Little Acorns or need further information please ring the Wokingham Borough Council Special Educational Needs Team on 0118 9746216.

Other uses of Little Acorns
Where appropriate during the school day Little Acorns may also used for teaching small groups of mainstream children. This might be a Letter and Sounds group, extra handwriting practise, extra literacy or numeracy support, or social skills groups such as Gardening Club or Lego Club.  

The LA Local Offer

At Wescott Infant School children are placed at the heart of all we do and we encourage them to believe ‘Anything’s Possible’. A Growth Mindset philosophy underpins everything we do.

We always have high expectations for all our children; encouraging them to ‘have a go’, be brave, take risks in their learning, reach for the stars and believe ‘Anything’s Possible’. We encourage our children to explore, investigate, discover and question the world around them.

We believe every child at Wescott should continually aspire to further develop and extend their learning as well as become happy, confident, independent and resilient learners.  We encourage all children to develop a love of learning  and to take an active and lead role in their own learning and progression; which includes the development of our cross curricular topic based curriculum.                                                                      

At Wescott we recognise the importance of personalising learning to ensure we meet the needs of all children. We recognise that children learn in different ways and at different times and plan for this accordingly. We create learning experiences which bring together all the areas of the curriculum and present these in themes which are fun, exciting and engaging. 

We are very proud to be a National Support School, as well as an Extended Services school which is part of the Wokingham Town East Extended Services Cluster.

Wescott Infant School also includes an 8 place mainstream autism resource known as Little Acorns; where children with a diagnosis of autism and an Education, Health, Care Plan (EHCP) in place are supported.   

At Little Acorns we support pupils with ASD for whom it is not possible to meet their needs through an ordinary placement in a mainstream primary school. At Little Acorns these pupils can receive both specialist teaching such as Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy and Social Skills, as well as step-by-step, supported inclusion into the mainstream school. 

Places in Little Acorns are allocated via Resource Panel Meetings held by the Special Educational Needs (SEN) Department of Wokingham Borough Council.                          

Wescott Infant School is not able to allocate places in our Little Acorns Resource; please contact the SEN Department, Highwood Annex, Fairwater Drive, Woodley on 0118 9746216 for further information.

If you are currently choosing an infant school for your child, you are warmly invited to come and visit us to have a look around.

Please contact the school office on 0118 9786313 to book an appointment.

Thank you for taking an interest in our school. 
Miss Sally Hunter 
Executive Headteacher

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