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The Nightingale ASC Centre

“The work of the specialist unit for students with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) is outstanding.” 

Ofsted, November 2012.

“The school’s resource unit for pupils with autistic spectrum disorder continues to offer high quality provision for a small number of pupils, some of whom are in the sixth form.  These pupils receive individually tailored programmes of work, some of which lead to formal qualifications and some of which are designed to prepare them for their next steps.”

Ofsted, March 2016

The Nightingale ASC Centre is a mainstream provision for students with an Education, Health and Care Plan which states autism as their primary need.

We believe it is vital for students to achieve their full potential and importance is placed upon achievement at all levels.

The ASC Centre is a calm, nurturing and positive environment for students to access which supports their daily organisation and the teaching of life and social skills. Students are fully integrated into the school community and supported by trained and experienced staff.

The ASC Centre provides a range of interventions and a multidisciplinary approach to meeting student needs. Whilst we are a TEACCH provision, no single approach is taken when supporting our students as we believe individual needs can only be met through a range of approaches including the SPELL framework and Social Stories.

The ASC Centre has developed a holistic approach; working in partnership with parents and carers, outside agencies and other schools. The provision balances achievement for all with student well-being whilst keeping the student's best interests at the heart of what we do.

For further information, please contact:

Mr M Gibbs
Head of ASC Provision

Mark Rutherford School
Wentworth Drive, Bedford, Bedfordshire Mk41 8PX
Telephone 01234 290200 : Fax 01234 290236 : Email: