Churchward School is a unique special Free School for students aged 11-19 years with Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) and/or Social Communication Interaction Difficulties (SCID).
Churchward School opened in September 2018 in a temporary specialist centre with the intent of moving to a permanent school site, custom built for Churchward School students, in 2020. Meanwhile, the temporary accommodation has been renovated by the Department for Education to create an appropriate and flexible learning environment for Churchward School to develop in its first stages of opening.
Churchward School was approved by the Department for Education in 2016 with the intention of providing life changing opportunities for some of the most challenged young people in our community. With bespoke educational packages and highly specialist staff, Churchward will equip students with the skills to enable them to make appropriate life choices, achieve their aspirations, build and maintain social relationships and accomplish excellent outcomes.
The name Churchward School was chosen by our stakeholders including staff, students and Governors.
Churchward School is proud to be a part of the Brunel SEN Multi-Academy Trust where it can benefit from shared resources and expertise from other Special SEN Schools across Swindon. The Brunel SEN MAT is named after the Great Western Railway Engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel. This lead us to choose the name ‘Churchward’ which makes reference to the Chief Mechanical Engineer of the Great Western Railway, George Jackson Churchward.