Specialist Resource Base

Thetford Academy hosts a Key Stage 3 and 4 communication and interaction Specialist Resource Base (SRB). This is part of Norfolk’s Local Offer for students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). 

We are currently working with Norfolk County Council to expand our Specialist Resource Base provisions, and would like to hear your views on our proposal to add an additional 5 places to our existing 20 place Autistic Spectrum Disorder Specialist Resource Base (ASD SRB) from 1 January 2023. Our online survey link is here

The Specialist Resource Base consultation event at Thetford Academy will be held on 5th October from 4pm - 5pm.

Download our full consultation documents here


SRB places are allocated by the local authority. Click here to find out more about the programme.

The base is staffed by a lead SRB teacher, an SRB coordinator (higher-level teaching assistant (HLTA)), and five teaching assistants. We provide placements to students from schools throughout the county who are experiencing difficulties with accessing mainstream education due to their communication and interaction needs. We currently have provision for 20 placements; the students are supported to enable them to attend up to 100% of mainstream lessons. The SRB gives the students opportunities to
develop independent learning skills by offering an adapted curriculum designed to enable individuals to manage their barriers and access a mainstream curriculum. 

If you are a parent interested in SRB provision for your child, please speak to the SENDCo at their school.

Prior to applying for an SRB placement, the SENDCo at the students’ current school should contact the SRB lead teacher or SENDCo at Thetford Academy either by phone or email. 
Parents should then arrange to visit the SRB and to meet with the SRB lead teacher or SRB coordinator. 

If parents wish to proceed with a placement application, the SRB lead teacher from Thetford Academy will need to visit, and observe, the child in their current setting prior to the SRB panel meetings arranged, and hosted by the LA. 

Visits can be arranged by appointment via our school office.