Learning for All
Summerwood Campus although part of Linwood School, has its own identity, working ethos and dedicated team of staff. It is an autism specific environment designed to meet the needs of young people with Asperger’s Syndrome.
Creating a specialist environment that supports young people in their learning by enabling them to feel calmer, less anxious and valued is crucial to them to fulfil their aspirations and develop meaningful independence.
Our capacity is 24 students, with no more than 8 students in each year group (12, 13, 14). Class sizes are determined by the amount of students wanting to choose a particular subject. The most in a class is 6 students, the majority of classes have 4-6 students.
Summerwood has a variety of learning and social spaces including teaching spaces with modern IT workstations, safe spaces, a living skills environment, social room, sensory room, kitchen and dining room.
In line with other specialist providers for young people with Asperger’s Syndrome, both locally and nationally, we prepare our students for adult life. We help them to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding in all aspects of the curriculum, including life skills, supporting them to form positive social and personal relationships.
Underpinning our approach is the goal to help them move towards maximum achievable independence. Outcomes relate to the individual’s interests, skills and achievements and are needs led. We build on their previous learning, positive experiences and skills to achieve a planned, realistic and effective transition to adulthood.
Placements can be from 1-3 years. The first year is usually based on the Summerwood site. Part of the focus for this year is preparation for college or other educational opportunities in the following years. During this initial year they have the opportunity to develop particular interests, skills and academic and vocational aspirations, which may steer them to access appropriate courses at other mainstream providers with our support. They will still receive aspects of their personalised programme at Summerwood.