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    The Windmill Centre is an Autism Resource Provision (ARP) attached to Millbank Academy. It is a 10 place setting for children aged 4 – 11 years of age, with a diagnosis of autism and an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP).

    Admissions to The Windmill Centre are separate to mainstream admissions. Decisions will be made by the Local Authority SEN panel in conjunction with the school. Priority will be given to children living in the City of Westminster and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

    Admission Criteria

    • Children will have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder.
    • Children will have an Education Health and Care Plan.
    • Children will show potential for accessing a minimum of 25% of the school day in a mainstream classroom without 1:1 support. The expectation will be for this percentage to increase as the child progresses through the school, in preparation for secondary.
    • Children will demonstrate a motivation to communicate and show potential for developing expressive or receptive language.
    • Children will be independent with key self-help skills such as using the toilet and feeding.
    • Children’s cognitive ability will be compatible with the existing cohort of children in the unit.

    Staffing

    The Windmill Centre has 5 full time staff including a centre manager / specialist teacher and 4 teaching assistants. A speech and language therapist works within the unit for 1 and half days per week. Other professionals may assess and offer advice for pupils as and when required for example occupational therapists or educational psychologists.

    Facilities

    The Windmill Centre is located in the centre of the mainstream primary school. The unit consists of two small adjoining classrooms, used for 1:1 or group work, a therapy office and individual toilet. The pupils enjoy access to an interactive whiteboard, two computers and a number of ipads to support their learning. The Windmill pupils share many facilities with the mainstream school such as; the playground, school hall, kitchen, computer suite and science lab. This set up ensures the pupil’s are fully included within the mainstream school day. Please click here to view more photos of The Windmill Centre.

    Approach

    Each child within The Windmill Centre is on roll in a mainstream class. The amount of time children spend within their mainstream class will depend on their independence skills and academic abilities. Wherever possible the children will join their class for special activities, trips and projects.

    The Windmill Centre offers a curriculum which reflects the mainstream school curriculum and also accommodates the individual child’s needs. The children have access to personalised learning in small group or 1:1 settings. These intervention sessions focus on supporting children in areas they may find more challenging. Opportunities to learn and practice social, communication and emotional regulation are embedded throughout the school day. Pupils have individual outcomes focussed on developing skills in these areas, alongside their academic targets. To support these outcomes we use a variety of teaching approaches and methods including; the SCERTS framework, aspects of TEACCH, Attention Autism, Colourful Semantics, Language for Thinking, Social Stories and Social Skills programmes.

     

    For further information please contact the Windmill Centre Manager:

    Ella Hutchinson - ehutchinson@millbankacademy.org.uk

     

    Useful links for further information about autism:

    What is autism?

    Click here to find out more about autism at the Autism Education Trust

    Click here to view the Westminster SEND Local Offer

    Click here to view the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea SEND Local Offer

    Millbank Academy

    Millbank Academy, Erasmus Street London SW1P 4HR
    office@millbankacademy.org.uk
    Tel: 020 7641 5945