Welcome to the Intensive Support Centre


The Intensive Support Centre (ISC) is a specialised learning environment for students ranging from Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 5 who present with severe challenging conduct and autism, communication difficulties or high-level needs. The ISC currently supports up to 12 learners who are separated into two groups. Each learner has 1:1 support from a highly trained teaching assistant alongside additional support available from two learning mentors and a class teacher. 

All lessons and sessions completed in the ISC have been specifically selected as areas of priority for the group of learners, ensuring a diverse and holistic educational offer that incorporates regular opportunities to develop communication, regulation and independence skills. The learners in the ISC are dis-applied from the National Curriculum, instead receiving a highly stimulating and motivating curriculum to promote independence, tolerance, and acceptance of the world around them. The curriculum for the ISC is built upon the priority of need for each learner, providing a bespoke and unique offer.

The Vision

The curriculum in the Intensive Support Centre promotes a‚Äčnd develops the ability of all students to become as independent as possible in their adult life. Key areas of priority include communication skills, independence skills and ability to self-regulate.

Students are enabled and encouraged to make choices to share their wants and needs using their preferred method of communication, encouraging them to acknowledge and use their voice in whichever form that takes.  Where appropriate, inclusive links are formed within main school for learners to socialise with their peers and access additional lessons, enabling the students to develop their sense of belonging within in the school community. 


Moving into the ISC


In the Intensive Support Centre we understand that transition is a key period which is often accompanied by a level of uncertainty both for students and families alike. Our aim is to ensure that transition takes a highly personalised approach, following learner needs and taking into account individual situations to ensure a smooth and successful move into the department. This may include present school visits to develop relationships with a learner in their current setting, individual family and student visits to the ISC or home visits where appropriate.



If you have any questions, queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Head of the Intensive Support Centre, Emma Walsh, via the Contact Us page or by ringing 01706 214640.


ISC Transition Brochure

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