As part of the provision at Ashton, we have a specialist unit for children with social communication difficulties/autism. The unit is in a small building on school site and students are based there for up to 100% of their learning. They do have the option of attending lessons within the mainstream setting as well. The unit is run by our specialist teacher and a team of teaching assistants.

Entry criteria

Entry to the unit is through the local authority, usually led by the Caseworker for the child’s current educational setting. The local authority has commissioned this provision and they are the gatekeepers. Students must have an Education, Health and Care plan with a main area of need being social communication difficulties/autism.


Students in the unit follow the school’s mainstream curriculum as much as possible to ensure a broad and balanced curriculum and also to allow them to transition to accessing mainstream lessons where they feel ready to. Alongside this they also work on developing life skills and use the autism education trust framework (AET) to develop their social and emotional needs.

The team of staff are supported by other specialist teachers from the local authority and Reachout ASC.


If you wish to know more about the specialist unit, please contact:

Mrs Cheryl Parker



01772 513002

Links for Families

The links below give information on services in the area for children with SEND and helpful advice for parents: