Autism Summer School
The Autism Summer School is for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who will complete Year 11 in June-July 2023.
This summer school is a free-of-charge, one-night residential summer school that aims to give students with ASD the chance to experience higher education and university life and also equip them with the skills to ease their transition to the next stage of their development.
It's for a student and a parent/guardian who will accompany them with overnight accommodation for both visitors. Staying in on-campus first-year accommodation, all meals, information and guidance sessions and social activities are included. Travel to the University can be reimbursed (reasonable travel within the UK only).
A variety of sessions will be on offer for the students, some with and without their guests. The aim is to gently equip the students with the skills for managing independent learning and living skills, stress and anxiety amongst many others.
The 2023 summer school will take place from Friday 4 to Saturday 5 August.
The Autism Summer School is available to Year 11 students who are due to take their GCSE examinations in Summer 2023 and are aiming for mostly grade 6 or above in their GCSEs, with a minimum of 4 in Maths and English. It is not a requirement that the student must want to go to university, as the programme aims to aid transition and development in a wide range of areas, though an interest would be ideal.
Before the summer school
A member of the team will be in contact with the guardian/guardian/student attending the programme to answer any questions regarding the residential and work out individual requirements. In order to make the experience as comfortable as possible, we encourage as many questions or discussions as necessary.
During the programme (2 days, 1 night)
Students will take part in a range of activities, including a tour of the campus and the accommodation, talks from the Disability Service Team at Bath, sessions on life tips and independent living, a chance to join in with some group work, a session on wellbeing, an academic skills session, and social activities led by current students. Some of the activities will be with parents/guardians attending, and others just with students. Our friendly team and student ambassadors will also be attending sessions.