• Our recent Lionel Richie tribute night raised almost £1000 which will be used to purchase software and equipment for pupils to use in IT and design work at school. Thanks to all who supported us and to Jason at The Royal George for hosting the evening which was a great success all round!    Thank you also to everyone who attended our lovely coffee morning! We raised over £180 for Friends of Bright Futures School and Macmillan Cancer Care charities. Pupils and staff had great fun waiting on and being fab hosts to our many guests. A brilliant experience in engagement, enjoyment and competence!

Welcome to Bright Futures School for children with autism

Bright Futures School specialises in provision for children with autism and brings a new approach to autism education.

We focus on the core difficulties that lie at the heart of autism. These include problems with rigid thinking, managing uncertainty and change, social interaction and understanding and managing emotions. These are the difficulties that are at the root of distressed (challenging) behaviour.

Our priority is to support the social and emotional development of children with autism.

We take the view, supported by research, that academic achievement without appropriate social and emotional development leaves autistic children with a poor quality of life, as well as poor life chances. We therefore focus our work on the difficulties that lie at the heart of autism. Our starting point is to mirror the developmental steps that children have missed during infancy in order that they have a second chance to develop their ability to:

  • Share Experience
  • Take different perspectives and think flexibly
  • Collaborate
  • Cope with Setbacks and challenges
  • Solve Problems creatively

Many of our activities, projects and areas of study can readily be located within the framework of the National Curriculum but the way that Bright Futures teachers relate to pupils and the range of interactions between staff and pupils is what makes the school so different. Whilst we anticipate measured progress with the 'three R's', we view the real test of progress as the ability of Bright Futures children to make and maintain meaningful relationships; to adapt their thinking and behaviour to everyday real life challenges and to lead a happier and more fulfilling life.