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Autistic Spectrum Disorder

At Combe Pafford School we have four specialist classes dedicated to providing the best educational opportunities for children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Our class sizes are small with a high staff to pupil ratio, in order to best address the needs of the pupils.

The classes provide a structured environment and consistent Autism-friendly approach to help pupils feel less anxious and facilitate their learning. We deliver individually tailored, flexible programmes to meet each pupil’s educational, social and personal development needs, and aim to help pupils to access their individual strengths and motivations, develop independence and enhance their life skills. Emphasis is on contextualising learning and achieving full potential.

Specialist staff have an understanding of the pupil’s autism first and foremost, in order to develop strategies and approaches to overcome the barriers to learning. We recognise the range of interventions that can promote positive outcomes; we provide aimed support programmes that focus on important aspects of a pupil’s development and progress.

Where possible we support pupils in the ASD classes to integrate with pupils and activities in the main school.  For example, pupils with a strength in a particular subject may be able to follow an exam course to either Entry Level or GCSE and would attend these lessons with support from the ASD specialist team. All of the children are members of the main school community.

For further information about this provision please do not hesitate to contact me through the school office.  I will be happy to answer any of your questions.


Mrs Kim Koller – Head of ASD Specialist Provision

  1. Combe Pafford Outreach Parental Consent Form