Project information

New vehicle for Portfield School

Purcahse a new to us minibus for Portfield School, the Society's school for 70 children with autism. The vehicle is essential for transporting children and staff to mainstream schools and for community activities. The new vehicle will replace an exisiting minbus that is now past its 'use by date'.

January 2011 - December 2015

Charity information: Autism Wessex

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  • Need


    Portfield School provides specialist education for 70 children with autism, of whom up to half will board, either weekly, termly or longer. An essential part of the children's holistic education are visits within the community - these include social, leisure, sport as well as educational. Additionally we aim to teach children lifeskills to equip them for later life so they can live as indepent and fulfilling life as possible.


    A minibus enables groups of students, plus accompanying staff, to be taken on planned trips in and around Dorset. These will include trips to mainstram schools for inclusion sessions, as well as recereational and social trips for those who board.
    Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects the way a person relates to the world and other people around them.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Enable Portfield School day and boarding students to access community& leisure facilities


    » Purchase new vehicle for the school
    » Ensure new vehicle is utilised fully to ensure that students are able to access local facilities

    What success will look like

    Success will be measured through the number of trips undertaken in the new vehicle

  • Impact


    We aim to provide education tailored to individuals’ skills as well as their needs, and each child’s personal curriculum at Portfield reflects their ability, not just their disability. In a context of security, enjoyment and respect, our intention is that the Portfield experience will prepare young people to enter adulthood equipped to maximise their independence and quality of life and to engage in their communities as active citizens.


    Vehicle costing more than money raised


    Funders will be notified when the vehicle is purchased.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £15,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £15,000 Vehicle purchase vehicle
  • Background


    Portfield School is located in Christchurch, Dorset


    Children with autism who attend Portfield School

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Society was established in 1968 and Portfield School was started in 1971; the school was relocated in 2002 to a 5 acre site on the outskirts of Christchurch. This was enabled through a £5million capital appeal. The Society is experienced in providing services to people with autism; in addition to the school we operate residential & supported living services to adults; respite care to children & families; support groups for parents/carers/people with autism and an information &advice service

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Debbie Anderson


    Janis Rogers

    Head Teacher