Horizon - Award Winning ASD Provision

Oaks Park High School includes Horizon, which offers specialist provision for children with Autism in two ‘bases’:

‘Aqua’ students spend approximately 90 per cent of their time in the mainstream school which encourages independence and almost complete integration, but the base still provides support and respite as required. 

‘Ignis’ provides students with a bespoke package of support: students follow the mainstream curriculum but work on their own personal needs, such as development of social learning and communication, with a team of specialists and experts within the base.  These include occupational therapy and speech and language therapists. In year 9, Ignis students access mainstream school option subjects alongside their mainstream peers.  In the sixth form, all students access their lessons solely in the mainstream but are supported with study skills and revision strategies in the base, and an on-going life skills curriculum. With these individual support structures, students can make significant academic progress.

Horizon is widely recognised for its success with developing students’ social communication skills. Not only are life skills explicitly taught then the students have the opportunity to practise them in a real life situation. Important life skills - such as using public transport and dealing with finance - are taught, rehearsed and put into practice through visits and excursions including travelling on buses, going to local parks and using cafes.  Other opportunities for students include an annual PGL trip and experience of a working farm. 

Our successes speak for themselves. Several of our Post 16 students have gone on to university, while others have secured apprenticeships, moved into further training, or entered the world of work. 

For further information about our ASC provision, please contact us via office@oaksparkhigh.org.uk