Princes Risborough Primary School has a 12 place ARP for pupils with Autistic Spectrum Condition with social and communication needs. Pupils with Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) indicating ASC as their primary need are placed within this specialist provision by the LA who have determined, in conjunction with parents and proffesionals that an ARP environment best meets the specific needs of the children.
Specialist support within the ARP is aimed at developing social skills in smaller teaching groups where inclusion is not always appropriate. Lessons are taught both within the ARP setting and in the mainstream classes when appropriate. When children from the ARP integrate into mainstream they are supported by a member of staff from the ARP, this support is not 1:1.
The ARP has its own teaching rooms, with 2 qualified teachers to support children who are unable to access mainstream classes. (ARP 1 and ARP 2 classes in addition to the chill out room) ARP pupils are able access to SaLT (although we are currently trying to recruit one) , Occupational Therapy if named on their EHCP and given a smaller class environment with resources specifically to support their individual needs.
The ARP pupils have full and equal access to all extra-curricular activities, such as Breakfast and After School Clubs, school trips and school residentials (where and when appropriate) . In addition, the ARP pupils are given the opportunity to attend the local swimming pool once a week as part of their occupational therapy, and life skills approach to learning.