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The Dereck Roberts Centre

Building Bridges in the Community

The newly built Dereck Roberts Centre provides an education for children who are identified as having additional learning needs associated with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It was opened officially in October 2010 in partnership with the LEA, as part of their commitment to inclusion.

The Dereck Roberts Centre provides pupils with a safe, caring and supportive environment. The pupils follow an adapted curriculum that helps them understand the world we all live in and encourages them to develop relationships with others.

Our experienced staff work closely together, using and developing a range of strategies to support each pupil’s specific needs. Pupils have opportunities for positive integration within the Special Teaching Facility and Mainstream School. We access specialist subject teachers and classrooms for particular lessons to ensure their quality of learning.

In KS3 the pupils are  currently taught numeracy and literacy, science, humanities, PE and music. The pupils also follow a course called “New Horizons” which is an activity based curriculum supporting life skills. Speech & Language is an integral part of our whole day.

All pupils are encouraged to take part in a number of social and sporting events during the year: swimming, 5-a-side football, gymnastics, athletics, the Grand Theatre and the Gnoll Challenge to name a few.

It is important that the pupils develop their whole self, building in confidence and aware of their capabilities.