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Lyde Green Primary

Welcome to the Access Centre


Welcome to the Access Centre

Welcome to Lyde Green Access Centre. The Access Centre is a specialist provision for children with Autistic Spectrum Conditions (ASC) It is situated in Lyde Green Primary School. It is the only provision of its kind in South Gloucestershire for pupils in Reception and Key Stage one.

We focus on providing an individualised, highly specialised curriculum for our children.

Many of our children have complex learning needs and many may be pre-verbal.

We are a self-contained specialist provision with no expectations for any mainstream inclusion although we have the luxury of being able to facilitate this, at times, should we feel this appropriate and beneficial. This is decided on an individual basis and in talks with parents.


About us


All our children have an EHCP (Education, Health and Care Plan) and are referred via the Local Education Authority. We have places for 16 children.

Children are usually with us for 3 years, leaving at the end of KS1. (Year 2) Over the course of the 3 years we build a precise picture of how each child learns and their academic potential enabling us to find the best provision to meet those individual needs going forward.

The children have a small class base of 4 and they work with this group for the majority of the day.

They are taught in small groups, 1:1 and are developed as independent learners. We recognise and value all our children as individuals, each with their own strengths, abilities and needs.

We are committed to offering the best possible provision for all our children. We provide a stable, secure and nurturing environment in which they can flourish and achieve their potential.

We provide not only small classes but also highly trained, specialist staff in environments set up according to TEACCH principles; they are specifically planned to reduce sensory distraction and give a calm, highly structured atmosphere.

Many children with ASC have unusual responses to sensory stimuli and can become overwhelmed so we offer a low arousal environment. Displays, furniture and noise are kept to a minimum.



In the Access Centre children are taught from a theme based approach using an adapted Early Years Profile initially. We use a child centred approach using individual areas of interest to create a motivating personalised learning pathway.

Throughout the day we provide opportunities for varied learning styles including child led learning, adult led group sessions, 1:1 learning station tasks and tasks to develop independence along with our specialised intervention programmes. We aim to develop academic skills alongside social and emotional skills.

A key focus is on teaching effective forms of communication and we offer a total communication approach. We recognise Autism is a lifelong condition and therefore aim to support children to develop ways of managing the challenges they will face while keeping anxieties low.


Admissions and Transitions

 All children allocated a place in Lyde Green Access Centre are referred to us via the SEN team at the local Authority. It is important that your child feels secure and happy when starting with us so we have in place an induction process which includes home visits, visits to current settings, informal visits to us and part time schooling to start with.

Once you have accepted the place we will contact you and arrange to meet with you and your child. We will also provide you with a welcome pack with parent information as well as information to help prepare your child, including photos of the environment and staff.

We aim to keep the transition process as comfortable and relaxed as possible to keep anxieties low.



Part of providing a supportive learning environment is selecting and using appropriate interventions to help children access the curriculum and enable them to develop ways to function in the wider community and everyday life.

We place very strong emphasis on the development of both communication and social skills and offer the following interventions.

In addition to these interventions we work closely with multi-professionals including Speech and Language therapists, Occupational therapists, the school nurse, dieticians and paediatricians.


Some useful links    

South Gloucestershire Parents & Carers 

A site run in collaboration with local parents of SEND children outlining services and activities available in the local area.

Supportive Parents (National Site)

Information and support from the National Supportive Parents Network

Hop, Skip & Jump Care Support

Care and support for local families of children with SEND

National Autistic Society

National Autisitc Society Parents' pages

Kids - Family support & advice

A national network of SEND support & advice for families

Children's Playlink

Playschemes and support for SEND children

Incredible Kids

Reducing Social Isolation through improving access to family play and support

Bristol & S Glos Carers' Support Centre

Local Advice & Support for Carers

Dimensions UK - Autism friendly Cinema

Information about Autism friendly cinema screenings

Avon Riding Centre

Autism-friendly horse riding sessions

The out of sync child

Information on sensory processing difficulties

Safe space

Stay and play sessions for families with children with additional needs

space kraft sensory

links to Sensory equipment and toys