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Appleton Academy

The Compass Resourced Provision

The Compass Resourced Provision at Appleton Academy has been created, and is managed, by Bradford MDC to meet the complex learning needs of pupils aged 11 to 16 with communication and Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC).

Although part of the Appleton Academy team, the provision is staffed by council employees, who are outstanding specialist teachers and support staff with high levels of expertise and knowledge in teaching pupils with ASC. All the pupils are Appleton Academy pupils – they are on the school roll, wear the Appleton uniform, are part of a mainstream form group and attend both mainstream and Resourced Provision lessons (where individual needs allow).

The vision is to allow pupils with an autism diagnosis to access their education within a mainstream class, allowing them to be fully included in school life. The pupils spend as much time as possible within their mainstream class (ideally over 80% of their timetable) but have a specialist classroom in which they can access specialist support if they need to during the school day. Pupils can also take part in any relevant interventions required for their development in the Resourced Provision, and are given access to specialist equipment and facilities when needed.

The provision will ensure all pupils are working towards their Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP) objectives and that the needs of this plan will be met. Staff within the school have high expectations for the pupils, both within their mainstream class and the resourced provision. Pupils will achieve the best possible outcomes against both their EHCP targets, and their academic education, through the school’s broad and varied curriculum.

Pupils will study towards GCSE and vocational qualifications to be taken at the end of Year 11 including those supporting life skills. Alongside these qualifications, pupils will receive high quality, independent careers advice to support their next steps with carefully planned transition post 16.

The Resourced Provision aims to provide:

  • Specialist education and support within a mainstream school to meet the needs of the EHCP.
  • Opportunities for pupils to progress both socially and academically through individual learning plans.
  • Access to a safe learning environment within the wider school and the Resourced Provision.
  • Space to learn and develop valuable life skills.

The Compass Resourced Provision Teacher in Charge is: Vanessa Farrell


Pupils are allocated a place at the resourced provision as part of the Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP) annual review process where a parent can state a preference for the Compass Resourced Provision. Following this review, the Bradford Local Authority SEN panel will request a consultation and, following this process, a decision will be made about whether to allocate a place.