ASD Base (ARP)
Our Additional Resource Base (ARP) is one of five Primary ARP’s within the Borough of Merton. We are one of four that is specifically for children who have a diagnosis of Autism as their primary need. Adriana Verrecchia is Assistant Principal and responsible for the ARP.
If you would like to discuss a place for your child in the ARP, Please contact the Merton SEN Team.
Our ARP Information Leaflet can be downloaded here
Who is the ARP for?
The ARP is for twenty-two, primary aged pupils, from Reception to Year 6, diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder or Complex Communicate Needs. All of the pupils have an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP). Places in the ARP are allocated through the London Borough of Merton's Special Educational Needs Panel.
How does my child gain a place in the ARP?
Applications for the ARP are separate to mainstream admissions. Children who currently attend our maintstream will have to go through the same process as all other students requesting a place at the ARP. If you wish to apply for a place in Harris Primary Merton’s ARP you will need to contact your child’s assigned case worker. They will submit your child’s EHCP and supporting documents to Merton’s ARP Panel, which is held half termly. Your child’s case will be discussed by a team of professionals, including ARP managers and school principals, where a decision will be made on whether your child’s needs would be met within an ARP. Your case worker will also communication the panel’s decision back to you.
Admissions is based on the documents submitted to panel (and a possible obervation from the panel).
To visit the ARP prior to making your decision please contact our Vice Principal, Adriana Verrecchia, on firstname.lastname@example.org
Where is the ARP?
The ARP is located in our KS2 building. We have our own learning area, which is organised to ensure children with Autism feel safe and calm in the learning environment. We have separate play areas for some of the children in the ARP that find the mainstream playground over stimulating.
We have three classes – one for KS1, one for lower KS2 and one for upper KS2. Each class has a qualified teacher and two SEN support assistants.
What is the ARP curriculum?
All of our staff have extensive knowledge and training on autism and inclusion. The aim of our ARP is that all students feel included and accepted, which will build their confidence enabling them to access mainstream for a selection of lessons. We encourage our students to be as big a part of the mainstream school as possible while providing an emotionally secure place for our students at times where they may find aspects of mainstream school demanding.
All of the lessons in our ARP are:
- Adapted from the mainstream curriculum
- Communication based;
- Visually based;
- Practical, functional and meaningful, which promotes ‘real’ learning situations across all Key Stages.
- Aimed at preparing pupils for inclusion in the mainstream classroom environment.
All pupil is given access to all the core subjects (Maths, English and Science) and the Foundation subjects (all other subjects) of the National Curriculum. The ARP caters for a wide range of ages – from the Foundation Stage through to Key Stage 2. These abilities are taken into consideration when differentiating lessons for small group teaching.
There is an emphasis on encouraging pupils to take increasing levels of responsibility for their own learning and therefore promoting independence.
All pupils are included in some weekly mainstream lessons to help build their social skills and further enhance their learning experiences. There are children in our ARP who attend lessons in the mainstream lesson daily.
All children are assessed regularly to ensure they are progressing within their learning environment through standardised tests and phonics checks.
What other agencies are involved?
Speech and Language Therapy (SLT)
All children in our resource base work with Merton’s Speech and Language Therapist works with our pupils. Our therpist is called Miss Vanessa. The therapist works creates a personalised speech and language therapy programme that is shared with all staff working with the children. Each class also received weekly social and communication group sessions where the children focus on age specific and social communication needs associated with Autism
Educational Psychologist (EP)
The ARP works closely with Merton’s Educational Psychology team, where a specific psychologist is allocated to the ARP for regular liaison and review of pupils' progress. Specific consideration is given to reviewing the progress of pupils in Year 5, before their transfer to secondary school.
Occupational Therapy (OT)
The ARP works with Therapists from the NHS Education OT team. They will assess and manage interventions for the pupils, who have OT identified as a provision in their EHCP. All children are assessed and provided with an individual programme of OT that will support their gross and fine motor skills. Many of our children are also provided with a sensory programme to further support their sensory needs that are linked to their diagnosis of Autism. OT is only provided to children who have this identified on their EHCP Section F.
The Early Years Foundation Stage Profile is used to access the attainment of the youngest ARP pupils. Our KS1 and KS2 children are assessed using the National Curriculum. They are assessed using standardised testing at their abliity level. SEN (Special Educational Needs) Support Plans are reviewed and written each term for all of the ARP pupils.
Communication with parents
Many of the children travel to school each day on transport provided by the Local Education Authority. Email or Home/school communication books provide an opportunity for parents and staff to communicate on a daily basis. In addition to the Education, Health and Care Plan Annual Review meeting, parent review meetings are held each term to discuss each child's progress. Parents are welcome to call or email their class teacher if they have any questions.
Transitions into the ARP are personalised to each child. The ARP lead and their new class teacher will visit your child in their current school to meet and observe them. They will speak to the adults working with your child and create a transition plan that will best support the change that your child will be experiencing.
Name of our ARP Lead:
Miss Adriana Verrecchia