Our conceptual department is dedicated to meeting the needs of pupils who are learning the basics of reading, writing and mathematics and who experience complex learning difficulties (including Autism). Our department works to offer an exciting and motivating curriculum so that pupils make maximum progress in their key skills- including communication, social, independence and thinking skills- the wider national curriculum and, especially in the last two years of school, preparation for adulthood. Older pupils in this department currently work off site with training providers for one day per week to develop personally and improve their vocational skills. Placements include farm work, woodwork, outdoor and adventurous challenges and food technology. We have been awarded the National Autistic Society Award and an “Enhanced Practice Commendation”. This was awarded for our expertise in all three departments in the area of Communication Support. This is only awarded to a few services where it is felt that the provision is going above and beyond usual expectations in supporting Autistic people and exceeding the Autism Accreditation criteria in this particular area. The Head of Department for our Conceptual Department is Assistant Headteacher, Mrs Sarah Williams.