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Nightingale ASC Centre

The Nightingale ASC Centre is a mainstream provision for students with an Education, Health and Care Plan which states autism as their primary need. The centre is a calm, nurturing and positive environment for students to access which supports their daily organisation and the teaching of life and social skills. Students are fully integrated into the school community and supported by trained and experienced staff. We believe it is vital for students to achieve their full potential and importance is placed upon achievement at all levels.

"The school is a very tolerant and inclusive community. The Nightingale Centre, for pupils with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), is well integrated into the life of the school" (Ofsted, March 2020).

The Nightingale ASC Centre provides a range of interventions and a multidisciplinary approach to meeting student needs. Whilst we are a TEACCH provision, no single approach is taken when supporting our students as we believe individual needs can only be met through a range of approaches including the SPELL framework and Social Stories.

The Nightingale ASC Centre has developed a holistic approach; working in partnership with parents and carers, outside agencies and other schools. The provision balances achievement for all with student well-being whilst keeping the student's best interests at the heart of what we do.

Please note, Nightingale ASC Centre places are allocated by Bedford Borough SEND Team and not by Mark Rutherford School. However, we welcome visits by appointment only outside of the usual school day.


To contact Mrs Williams (Head of Nightingale ASC Centre Provision) or a member of our SEND team please see below for contact details:

Telephone: 01234 290200