POlden Centre/ASD Base
Bridgwater College Academy (BCA) has a Local Authority funded Autism Resource Base for KS3/4 students, based on the primary site of the Academy.
The Polden Centre is an inclusive, specialist provision for students with a diagnosis of autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) or significant language and communication need.
Each student allocated a placement at the Polden Centre has an EHCP (Education, Health and Care Plan) or Statement of SEN. Placements are agreed by the Local Authority, in consultation with BCA. The Polden Centre currently offers fourteen placements.
Students within the Polden Centre are taught either by a specialist SEN teacher or HLTA, supported by a team of teaching assistants. Students are also supported, when appropriate, within the mainstream environment by the centre staff.