Holbrook School for Autism

Holbrook School for Autism provides specialist education and care for children and young people with autism and learning disabilities aged 4-19, split over two sites.  Our agreed number for 2019/20 is 120 students on roll. The Holbrook site is for students aged 4-13 years and the Belper site is for students aged 14-19 years.

Each class has its own base and access to a range of specialist teaching areas including Food Technology, ICT, sports hall, polytunnel, and sensory room.  We are looking to obtain funding to provide new library facilities for the students.

The Hub provision is for primary pupils with autism and average ability and is based at the Holbrook site. These pupils have been unable to access mainstream education, so now receive a full and relevant curriculum at Holbrook.

We provide a personalised curriculum, designed to address the needs of the whole child or young person. Therefore, as well as working on the key skills of literacy, numeracy and all the national curriculum subjects, we also focus on the autism-related and personal needs of our pupils. This means using the following approaches:

  •  structured teaching
  •  ‘total’ communication
  •  meeting sensory needs

At Holbrook, we adapt and ‘fine-tune’ these approaches for each pupil.

As a Derbyshire school, most of our pupils live within the county, but a significant number attend from Derby City, as well as Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire. Our staff are a well trained and dedicated team, who work with parents, carers and other professionals to make sure that all our pupils are able to achieve their best.

Residential Units

At present, the school’s residential accommodation comprises of two units within the main building. Both are self-contained with single bedrooms, bathrooms and showers and with kitchens, dining areas and lounges. As part of their independent living skills pupils are involved in planning, shopping for and cooking their own meals. By joining the pupils at meal times staff can encourage healthy eating and assist with table skills as part of a care plan.

Welcome to Holbrook School for Autism



I would like to welcome you to Holbrook and I hope you find our website helpful.

Deciding the best school for your child is one of the most difficult decisions that parents and carers can make. Therefore, I welcome your enquiries and encourage you to visit our school and see it for yourselves. At Holbrook we strive to make our school a calm, safe and happy environment for our pupils to learn and develop their independent skills.



I hope that this website gives you a sense of this as well as telling what you need to know about our school.  But if you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Sam Bayliss, Headteacher

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