Situated in the heart of Chipping Sodbury School, the Access Centre was set up by South Gloucestershire Council for students on the autism spectrum, whose needs are such that they are unable to thrive in a mainstream school environment.
Prior to the Access Centre, these students would have been offered places at specialist schools out of their catchment area.
All buildings at Chipping Sodbury School are fully accessible, with wide doors, ramps to all ground floor areas and lifts. The recently opened sports hall has hearing loops and acoustic insulation and accessible toilets and showers are available throughout the school.
The Centre, which opened in April 2014, had a sensory garden; The problem with the garden was that the existing pathway was created with tightly compacted stone base which when wet was causing dirt to be dragged into the school, and when dry dust was being spread around the site.