Designated Special Provision (DSP)

Welcome to Ash & Walnut Classes

We warmly welcome you to look around Ash and Walnut Classes; our Designated Special Provision for children with Autism. 

Who is the DSP for?  

This class is for children, who have a statement of Special Education Needs, with a diagnosis of an Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  The purpose of the DSP is to provide specialist support to children who would benefit from integrating into a class in a mainstream school.

What is the DSP?

The provision includes:

  • A dedicated classroom at Alderwood School, equipped with appropriate resources and providing specialist supprt for up to 8 children in a small group or on a 1:1 basis.
  • An appropriate staff to pupil ratio.
  • Other professionals including: Speech and Language Therapy, Educational Psychologist and The Outreach Service for children on the Autistic Spectrum.
  • Opportunities for the children to be integrated into their mainstream class within Alderwood School.
  • A commitment training all school staff in the needs and education of children with ASD.

Some Future Plans:

  • Further development of the class' induction programme and pack for staff and parent.
  • The further development of the 'Life Skills' programme.
  • Further development of the unit parent relationship with the involvement of the ASD outreach services and Educational Psychologists.

Ash Class' Refurbishment

Ash Class, our DSP, went through a total refurbishment a couple of years ago.  We felt that it was a priority to make teaching and learning the main focus of the room and that our children would benefit from purpose built furniture, including individual work stations and a group table.  Along with the furniture, the classroom was also freshly painted and new carpet was installed.  This refurbishment has made the children feel more settled and able to focus on the task in hand. Parents/carers were invited in for a coffee morning in the Spring term to look at the new surroundings.  

Parental Feedback

Here at Alderwood, we understand that it is crucial for parents to be involved in the learning of their children and this is even more important to the children in Ash Class.  Our DSP Teacher and Inclusion Leader hold regular coffee mornings, alongside external professionals, to ensure that parents feel part of our community and are fully informed about thier child's prgress and are best placed to support them at home. 

Take a look at some recent feedback;

'It's a great school'.
'Makes me want to be back at school again'.
'Always found the school really good at communicating'.
'Our children adore the school'.
'My child has improved greatly since moving to the school and has become really calm'.

Life in Ash Class

Take a look at what we get up to below!