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Autism Specialist Resource Base (SRB)

Please see below the link for our Grandin Class website page. Here you will find information about some of the approaches we use and photographs of us having fun! 

Specialist Resource Base - SRB

The SRB programme overview and further information about SRB’s can be found at:


Autism Bases

‘The Autistic Spectrum Disorder Bases form part of the Specialist Resource Base (SRB) programme of additionally commissioned services funded by the local authority and delivered by Norfolk schools for learners with a high level special educational needs who are educated in mainstream schools. 

ASD bases offer long term provision only. They are specialist in nature and are accessed via county admissions processes, with the local authority retaining the placement decision-making responsibility’ (NCC)


Information about Autism Bases can be found at:


The above link contains further information on Autism Bases including:

  • Key Aim of the Service: ‘To provide high quality, long-term inclusive education for learners with ASD across the age-range appropriate to the school’
  • Where are the ASD Bases and what service is provided?
  • What is the ASD pupil profile?
  • What is the referral process?
  • What happens next?
  • Where can I go to for further information?

The Autism SRB at Drake Primary School

The Autism SRB at Drake Primary School is currently under development. 

The 16 place autism SRB should be ready to open in mid 2023.


The vision of The Autism SRB at Drake Primary School:

  • To be an integral part of an outstanding school and a centre of excellence for autistic children and children on the autism spectrum who, with support, can access opportunities in Primary mainstream education.
  • To be a base where autistic children are supported to learn strategies to overcome their lifelong, neuro developmental disability. Focusing on communicating and interacting with and relating to others, and experiencing the diverse, real world around them.
  • To be an inspirational beacon of inclusion    


The Autism SRB aims to provide:

  • a base where learning is developmental and visible and children are nurtured and safeguarded
  • a rigorous assessment system to ensure pupils are in the right place at the right time so that no pupil falls behind
  • a learning community where pupils, families and staff collaborate to refine practice, e.g. sharing autism friendly approaches and strategies, and develop positive and rewarding relationships
  • a workplace where staff contribute to professional learning communities

To give pupils strategies to:

  • access their mainstream class, as much as possible, and inspire their future aspirations
  • access a curriculum of joy and curiosity, and develop their communication and interaction skills by building on their engagement skills in exploration, realisation, anticipation, persistence and initiation and developing their attention and concentration  
  • support with social, emotional and mental health issues such as anxiety e.g. by developing self-regulation
  • participate in physical and sensory activities and develop their happiness, health and well-being through play
  • participate in cognition and learning activities, develop reading for pleasure and participation in the arts


At Present (December 2022):

The Autism SRB is called ‘Grandin’ Class, named after Mary Temple Grandin, Dr Grandin is an American professor, author and autism spokesperson. Dr Grandin is an autistic adult.

  • The Autism SRB caters for pupils ranging from Reception to Year 6.
  • All of the pupils have SEND and predominantly a diagnosis of autism and related traits
  • The Autism SRB provides a calm and quiet space with routines, structures and visual supports that enable the pupils to attend to and concentrate on their learning and make progress towards their short term One Page Profile targets and their EHCP outcomes.
  • The Autism SRB focuses on supporting the inclusion of the pupils in their mainstream classes for as much time as possible.
  • Within The Autism SRB, the pupils are supported by a class teacher, a Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) and a Teaching Assistants.
  • The approaches taken in The Autism SRB depend upon the individual pupils and their needs. Pupils may require a certain approach or a mixture of strategies to support their learning.
  • Through collaboration with pupils, families, and teachers and other professionals, rigorous assessment and approaches will be adapted to meet the needs of pupils.


Georgia Burke is the qualified SRB Lead and Grandin Class Teacher.  She has worked in SEND for over seven years, with experience teaching and leading in mainstream, but primarily complex/special educational needs schools in London and Norfolk.

All SRB staff have experience, are trained in or are actively engaged in continued professional development (CPD) related to working with autistic pupils.



The Future (2023):

  • The Autism SRB at Drake Primary School will have 16 places for autistic children and be divided into 2 groups of pupils:
  • ‘Grandin’, named after Temple Grandin, Dr Grandin is an American professor, author and autism spokesperson.  Dr Grandin is an autistic adult.
  • ‘Tajiri’, named after Satoshi Tajiri, the Japanese video game designer and the creator of Pokemon. Tajiri has Asperger’s Syndrome.
  • The Autism SRB pupils will be assessed using the National Curriculum and may also be assessed on the Norfolk Assessment Pathway (NAP).
  • The SRB pupils will be supported by two teachers, a HLTA and TA’s.
  • Georgia Burke will continue to be the SRB Lead teacher in charge and oversee the CPD and deployment of staff.