The Romsey School
Autism Resource Provision
Welcome to the Autism Resource Provision at Romsey School, affectionately known as The Base. Staff in The Base provide support in mainstream lessons as well as support students to work on their personal targets set in their EHCP. Timetables are tailored to individual needs. We also support pupils with daily school life , activities and trips. If you need any further information please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
" Pupils who attend the schools specialist resource base make very good progress from their starting points, particularly in mathmatics. This is because the work of teachers and teaching assistants is effective in meeting the needs of these pupils.
Year 10 pupil
“Having the Base at Romsey School is great because I get supported in lessons, finish homework at school, have somewhere to be at lunch and break and am able to play football after school.”
The Autism Resource Provision was established at Romsey School in September 2002 to provide high quality teaching and support for autistic pupils. We recognize that our pupils have a wide range of different individual needs and we support them according to those needs.
The Resource has a suite of rooms known as The Base. The Base is used to support learning and life skills, as well as being somewhere pupils can return to if they are feeling anxious or stressed. The Base is also open at lunch and break times.
The Base is situated on the ground floor of South Block. It consists of a large working room. The main room is divided into three clear zones: a working area, individual computer work areas and social/relaxation areas.
The kitchen area is used for cooking and life skills lessons. We also have two small separate rooms which are used as a quiet rooms and for 1:1 work. There are toilets and a shower room/changing room next to the main room.
We are located at the heart of the school and share South Block with the Learning Support Department.
Meet the team
The Resource team is made up of approx the full time equivalent of 9 LSAs.
Mrs D Page
Address: ASD Resource, The Romsey School,
Greatbridge Romsey, Hants SO51 8ZB
Telephone: 01794 512334
Mr G Wilson
Year 10 keyworker
Miss M Squires
Year 8 Keyworker
Mrs R Knights
Year 7 Keyworker
Mr T Holbrook
Year 8 Keyworker
Frequently asked questions
What are the requirements for pupils to apply for a place in the base?
Pupils must have an EHCP and a diagnosis of autism/social and communication difficulty.
How do we apply for a place in the Base?
All placements are decided through Hampshire County Council and must be requested through them.
Is the Base a teaching resource?
Pupils are not taught in the resource. Pupils are taught in mainstream lessons. They may be withdrawn for 1:1 tuition or therapy.
Will my child have 1:1 support?
We can not provide 1:1 support in all lessons. We facilitate as much support as we possibly can for each individual pupil.
Is 'The Base' open at break and lunchtimes?
We are open at break and lunch for pupils to use. They are also able to eat their lunch within the base. We have staff on duty who are available for pupils who wish to stay in the base.
How many places are available in the base?
Our Assigned Placement Number number is 12. The places available depend on the current year 11s leaving. eg, if 2 year 11s leave then we have 2 spaces available in September.
Important information for all prospective parents when considering requesting placement
Pupils allocated a place in the Autism Resource Base by Hampshire County Council. All pupils must have an EHCP where Autism is their priority need. We have 12 places available and we are currently over-subscribed.
The resource provision at Romsey School is a mainstream provision. There is an expectation that all pupils will attend mainstream lessons along with their peers .
As such they will be taught by mainstream teachers with subject specific expertise . Class sizes can be up to 30 pupils.
All teachers at Romsey School receive training on understanding Autism.
Each pupil joins a Tutor Group and attends registration.
All pupils within The Base complete homework . This can be completed at school at Homework Club, under the guidance of support staff.
When attending some mainstream lessons pupils will receive support from LSA's employed by the Resource.
Pupils are supported by a variety of LSA’s .
Long term our hope is that pupils will require less support as they reach KS4 . This creates a smoother transition , and greater independence to college ,and the 16+ environment .
Staff liaise with primary schools and sixth form colleges to ensure successful transitions.
Many aspects of pupils development in the Resource are monitored very closely. The monitoring covers their social and communication skills, their academic progress, their emotional well being and their Preparing for Adulthood outcomes.
Relationships with peers during break and lunchtimes is encouraged and observed.
Pupils may access the resource at break and lunchtimes to eat their food and chat to their peers.
The resource has its own toilet /shower facilities.
Pupils have access to a specialist Occupational Therapist and a specialist Speech and Language therapist.
Communication between the resource and parents /guardians is encouraged . This is by e-mail and /or phone.
Staff within the Resource are trained and skilled in understanding Autism and the difficulties this may cause for adolescent life. The adults are positive role models for the pupils.
Book a visit
We do encourage parents of children year 5 onwards and chat with a member of staff to gather more information about the base before you make you decision for a placement request.
If you would like to arrange a visit then please email email@example.com or ring 01794 512334 and request to speak to Amanda Barnard. Please understand that we can not book appointments for the week that you ring up, we will need as much notice as possible.
Important notice : Please note that currently we are unable to accommodate visits to the base due too COVID. However we can offer a phone call with our ASD Leader or second in department. Please see details above to book this in.
Please see our virtual tour below.