The Willows

Welcome to a very special place known as ‘The Willows’ at Oakfield House School. Thank you for taking the time to learn a little more about The Willows at Oakfield and what we do that makes such a difference to young people’s lives. We hope by reading our prospectus it will help you see what a very special place we are and what makes our children, visitors and staff really enjoy their time spent here.

As a Nurture school we work hard to provide a calm, supportive and warm caring environment in which our children can flourish, and begin to achieve and be the very best that they can in all areas of their development. Underpinning what we do is value and respect for the autistic young person and for the valuable contribution they make to our school.

The Willows has been specially developed to support the learning needs o f children with autism. The Willows is located in a former stable block and is surrounded by landscaped gardens to provide a peaceful and tranquil setting for our children. The Willows offers a highly structured and ‘autistic friendly’ environment based on the National Autistic Society’s SPELL framework to help to promote communication and independence.

All children in The Willows follow a personalised and individual curriculum based on the highly acclaimed ‘Hamilton Trust Curriculum’ to provide all National Curriculum subjects and entitlements in a thematic and creative way to be meaningful and engaging.

Our curriculum is highly creative and motivating for a wide range of children’s abilities and re-engages reluctant learners and strengthens the whole learning experience. Our staff at The Willows are skilled and experienced in working with children with ASC and have expertise in working with visual prompts and timetables, PECS, TEACCH, and Objects of Reference.