“More progress in one year here than in the previous three.”
“Masses of space and fresh country air: unbelievably fantastic.”
“Staff put the children first: they keep them safe, happy and moving forwards. You can’t ask for better than that.”
The school offers each young person a bespoke curriculum tailored to their individual needs.
Residential pupils enjoy a range of activities in the houses and frequent trips to local facilities.
A safe and inclusive home environment that is individually tailored to the needs of each adult.
Welcome to Acorn Park
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Welcome to Acorn Park Autism School
Acorn Park Autism School is a unique 30-acre private estate where children and young adults across the breadth of the autistic spectrum can live, learn and play in a holistic, happy & safe environment.
Our dedicated, knowledgeable team of onsite therapists are part of each student’s every day life - at home, at school and during leisure activities - which guarantees that each individual makes progress.
A place at Acorn Park Autism School ensures that a young person’s life becomes worthwhile, however mild or profound their autism. Our wraparound care and teaching approach enhances our children’s lives, making them as independent as they are able to be, and having a positive impact on the whole family.
Our classrooms - in different buildings across our site - are well resourced with small class sizes and a personalised curriculum. Our experienced autism-specific approach means that every young person’s learning needs, communication requirements and social skills are met. Their lives are enhanced significantly.
Our living arrangements are welcoming, modern and homely; offering well equipped facilities and numerous after-school activities. As well as our boarding houses, we have a community of small houses for teenagers and young adults who are able to live semi-independently.
The layout of Acorn Park means our pupils can walk safely to and from school, can enjoy our adventure playgrounds, outdoor space & the multi-sensory play barn. We enjoy frequent trips to local villages & the zoo, and regularly enjoy activities around Thetford Forest and at the seaside towns around East Anglia.
Today would be Oscar's last day at Middle school before transitioning to High School. Thank god for Acorn Park School and the fact that we don't have to face that emotional trauma and upheaval in September. The staff there all do such a wonderful job with him, we are so lucky. They have made such a change to my sons life and I am so grateful. Parent
"It is wonderful now to see him in the classroom, absolutely fascinated with all sorts of things we have been able to open up to him in school. It has been marvellous to see him accessing a peer group and making friendships here." Parent
The staff are lovely. They are absolutely marvellous and so dedicated to the kids. I'm kept in the loop constantly. I never feel she's not my child or that somebody's taken her away from me. She is still my child:very much so." Parent
"You walk away with a heavy heart but also with a lighter feeling of knowing he's OK: knowing that he's going to be safe and he's going to be well cared for. Tony's learned an awful lot from the staff at Acorn park. They've done really, really well with him and i'm so pleased. Parent
"I like that all of the staff understand children and are kind, funny and nice." Pupil
Val Petch is our Residential Manager and leads our dedicated team who look after the children who stay with us at Acorn Park. Val brings a wealth of experience from her extensive…
We have recently held a competition here at Acorn park for a piece of art work from our students that could be painted on the wall of our playbarn. We had a number of great…
During an afternoon session Mallards Class all took part in carving their own pumpkins, each member of the class drew a face on the front of their pumpkin, Claire S then encouraged…
John Muir Award Aaron, Harry, Kieran, Matthew and Colby have been taking part in the John Muir Award. The award is split into four parts, to discover a wild place, to explore…
On the 14th July Kaiya had a birthday party in school. Kaiya said earlier in the year that she had never had a friend outside school, which Mum confirmed. As a result,…
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