Crown Lane Primary School & Children's Centre

Crown Lane Primary School

Autism Resource Base

(Ofsted 2023) "Pupils attending the specially resourced provision learn in a kind and supportive environment. Leaders ensure that the delivery of the curriculum supports these pupils' academic and social development well"

Crown Lane Autism Resource Base has 15 places. The pupils have an Education Health Care Plan (EHC) and a diagnosis of autism. The children are expected to be in the mainstream class for at least 50% of the day.  Support is provided by a range of experienced staff. Children share playtimes, lunch and teaching with their mainstream peers, as well as having opportunities to work one-to-one and in small groups with Special Education Needs and Disability (SEND) teacher.

Our main aim is to support children enabling them to reach their highest potential and develop meaningful relationships where they feel safe, supported and understood. We pride ourselves on creating a stimulating environment, where children are successful and proud to share their learning and success with others

At Crown Lane Primary School, we understand the range of different factors that can affect a child with Autism such as: physical and sensory needs, emotional difficulties or being self-directed. We implement a range of programs to support this.

 Visual Makaton symbols and auditory and kinaesthetic resources are embedded across the school to enhance learning and make the children feel included.    Turn-taking, social interaction and other social skills are embedded in mainstream teaching and is delivered in small group structured sessions in the Autism Resource Base, as this is often an area of difficulty for many children. These include Lego Therapy, Radiate - dance therapy delivered by a dance teacher from the Royal Academy of Dance, Zones of Regulation, Attention and Listening, and Social skills groups.

At Crown Lane, the children have access to a range of other professionals including Occupational therapists (OT) and Speech and Language therapists (SaLT) who deliver weakly sessions specifically tailored to the needs of the children.

Crown Lane Primary School Resource Base has a Sensory Room, SEN playground, and two ASD-friendly classrooms available for interventions and small group work. Children are supported using a range of strategies, including individual and class timetables, individual workstations, precise differentiated planning, and Individual Educational Plans.

Admission into Autism Resource Base is thorough Special Education Needs Department Of Local Authority.

If you would like to visit our Autism Resource Base, tours are taking place every last Friday of the month from 14:30-15:00. Please contact the school office for further details.
You can email us at or call us on: 020 8670 4713

Useful links:

National Autistic Society

Lambeth Offer for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) 

Lambeth information for children and young people with SEND 

Lambeth information for Childcare, Pre-School and Early years provision 

Lambeth Information about schools and education provision for school age children with SEND 

Lambeth Community Speech and Language Service 

The Communication Trust; supporting children with speech, language and communication needs 

Evelina London Community Occupational Therapy 

National Autistic Society (NAS); supporting families of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) 

Family Lives; supporting families. 

Clapham Dyslexia Group: an informal group for parents and carers of children with dyslexia, dyspraxia and speech and language needs. Contact: (07808067475) or

The Wheel of Wellbeing here (recommended by the Mental Health Promotion Team at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation)