Brunel SEN MAT

BASIS - Brunel Access support and improvement service


BASIS is our umbrella term to describe a range of services and specialist staff available to support schools, professionals, parents and families to meet the needs of children and young people with additional needs including those that can be considered as Special Education Needs and Disabilities - SEND.

Currently our BASIS offer includes:

  • School Improvement Consultancy
  • Wide range of training and support including for ASC and ADHD 
  • Autism Resource Centres (ARC) Traded Services including ARC INREACH, ARC Bespoke Packages and ARC Forest School
  • ARC All Aboard Nursery 

For more information contact the following as helpful:

Director of Education and BASIS Lead Noel Gibb:


ASC/SCID Advisory Teacher Jenny Muirhead:



Swindon ARC bases offer an enhanced education programme of social communication and therapeutic learning activity led by an ASC teacher or Senior ASC Worker and experienced ASC support staff for mainstream pupils and students between the ages of 4 and 19.

These are pupils/students with a core difficulty around social communication and interaction who may or may not have a diagnosis of autism. They may be on a reduced timetable, undergoing gradual integration/re-integration to school, struggling to function in school and access lessons in school or perhaps at risk of exclusion where school/setting staff and parents are looking to be proactive in managing difficult times.

Our aim is to support schools to target some of their SEN focussed delegated funding and/or pupil premium where appropriate, to meet CYP need and positively work towards maintaining a successful mainstream learning placement.


Currently there are 4 Core ARC Activity Types/Bases in operation:

ARC Group:

where and when

Age ranges catered for and programmes offered:

Contact for information:

ARC Headlands

Headlands Industrial Est

Monday- Friday


Structured Teaching/therapy/Social Communication skills

Bill Rigg: 
07580 877466


ARC Sparkle

Headlands Industrial Est

Mondays and Tuesday


KS2 Girls: Social Communication/PHSE

Jenny Muirhead:
07773 093721

ARC Underground


Monday pm 12.45pm- 2.45pm

KS3/4     -    Social Communication/PHSE

Lynn Woods:
07773 093719

ARC Liberty

Headlands Industrial Est

Wednesday 4.00pm- 6.00pm

KS3/4 Girls: Social Communication/PHSE

Jenny Muirhead:
07773 093721

Referrals are usually made directly from schools or where a CYP is not attending school for whatever reason, referrals can be made by Swindon LA.

For more information please contact:

SASS Professional Lead Jenny Muirhead:
07773 093721

ARC Manager Bill Rigg:  
Mobile: 07580 877466

ARC Information and Referral Form


The ARCINREACH strand of ARC Traded Services gives any Swindon school or setting the opportunity to buy in additional services as and when needed through the academic year to support staff and pupils and improve provision and outcomes for ASC/SCID affected CYP.

ARCINREACH programmes of support are delivered by ARC specialist workers and include a diverse range of  themed activities and services; for example how to structure, set up and run a social skills/girls group ,  how to organise and set up an ASD friendly learning environment, training for staff, mentoring of pupils to help them understand their autism and much more. 

 Schools and organisations will be able to target part of their training, SEN and other budgets to promote INHOUSE ASC initiatives and deliver INHOUSE ASC activities that are crafted and bespoke to meet specific and local school/setting needs.

For more information please contact: 

SASS Professional Lead
Mobile: 07773 093721

ASC Early year Advisory Teacher
Penny Seymour: 
Mobile: 07970 629001

SASS Administrator
Gaby Smith:

All Aboard Nursery



Our Vision is to be a beacon of excellence in the early years learning experiences of children who join us with identified needs around social communication and interaction difficulty including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). They may also be affected by other complex needs some known others unknown.

We set out to assist all children attending ARC All Aboard Nursery to achieve their potential within their perceived capabilities. We fully acknowledge that all children attending ARC All Aboard Nursery have ASD or SCID as their primary need and as such our curriculum plan and design will always take this into account.

An individual record of each child's development is maintained, showing their abilities, progress and next areas for support and development. We acknowledge that all children including those affected by autism/SCID will learn in different ways and at different rates and plan for this accordingly.

The nursery will operate from Unit 16 Headlands Trading Estate, Off Headlands Grove, Swindon SN2 7JQ and will be open from 8.00am to 6.00pm term time only.

We aim to make ARC All Aboard nursery accessible to and inclusive of all ASD/SCID affected children and their families from across the whole Swindon Borough through open, fair and clearly communicated procedures.

Please follow the links below for more information:

Admissions Policy

Waiting List Application Form

For more information please email:
All Aboard Nursery Email (
Contact Kate Elliott - Nursery manager on 07918551301

For more information please email: All Aboard Nursery Email or contact the Nursery Manager on 07580 877584

Contact Us

The Learning Campus, Tadpole Lane, Swindon SN25 2NB

01793 493910