The Thomas Arnold ARP, known to all as Phoenix, is a resourced provision for children aged 4-11 with Autism Spectrum Conditions. The children who attend have an array of needs and are on different levels of the spectrum. Phoenix strives to aid every child’s progress in academic and social skills and this is achieved by putting plans in place that are tailored to individual needs. Our specialist teachers and support staff work with external professionals, for example Speech and Language Therapists and Occupational Therapists, who contribute to each child’s developmental plan.
The two Phoenix classrooms are located alongside the mainstream classrooms within the school. All at Thomas Arnold ensure the children who learn in these classrooms are part of the school community and we ensure they feel included and play an active part in school life. This is one of the benefits of being a school-based provision. We aim for every child to spend some time in the main school although this is based on children’s abilities and needs within the context of a mainstream classroom.
At present, there are twelve places within Phoenix at Thomas Arnold (increasing to twenty-four in January), and in total sixteen children benefit from the specialist support it provides.
We are very lucky to be linked with Phoenix resourced provision at Monteagle Primary School (our sister school), enabling us to grow our expertise in this area, increase our investment in specialist teachers and strengthen our links with external professionals.
For further information about our ARP, contact Rehana Talaimojeh (Head of Phoenix) or Alison Eason (the teacher in charge of Phoenix at Thomas Arnold) via the school office.