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Preston School provides a counselling service 3 days a week to students who would benefit from this service. Counselling is also available externally through your GP, Counselling 4 Yeovil and Private Counsellors. School Counselling sessions are run by fully qualified counsellors who specialise in counselling young people. Referrals to counselling can be made through Mrs Lambert via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Students can access 6 x 1 hour sessions onsite. After this they will be discharged from the school service and if further counselling is required it would need to be accessed through alternative sources, for example GP or CAMHS.


  • To provide high quality teaching and learning for all students.
  • To provide a fully inclusive learning environment where all students feel happy, safe and valued.
  • To provide high quality provision for all students who may, at times need to access support or intervention that is "additional to or different from" that which other students may need to access in order to achieve their full potential.

SENCo - Tim Spearing ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )
SEN Governor - Marta Baker


For general admissions of all students with or without SEN please see the Admissions policy. If your son or daughter has an Education, Health Care Plan or Statement please contact your SEN Caseworker for further information.

Admissions to The Preston Centre

The Preston Centre is a specialist ASD base run by Somerset Local Authority. For further information please contact The SEN Team at Somerset County Council.

The Local Offer

For information on the Somerset Local Offer please click the link below, the local offer provides information on the services available for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) aged between 0 to 25 and how to access them.

Somerset Choices

Somerset Choices is a website that gives information on local services to help children, young people and their families, you can access Somerset choices on the link below. It also explains Somerset’s Local Offer in general and in detail.

At Preston School, we believe that effective Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) is essential if our pupils, as they grow, are to make responsible and well informed decisions about their lives. It contributes to promoting the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, emotional, mental and physical development of our pupils, preparing them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life. We understand that there is a statutory requirement for us to have in place such a policy compiled by the School Governors.

We believe SRE should not be delivered in isolation, but be firmly rooted in our Personal, Social and Health Education and Citizenship programme, supplemented by Science and other subjects of our taught curriculum.

Please click here to read the School's Policy on Sex and Relationship Education


autism unitMy name is Rachel Walker and I have the privilege of being the Teacher in charge of the newly built Preston Centre for ASD students here at Preston School. Students are assigned a place in one of the county's autism bases by Complex Cases Panel in negotiation with families, Somerset Autism and Communication service and the host school. It is an extremely exciting venture and I'm proud to be an integral part of it.

The new building is now complete and we are in the process of furnishing and resourcing in preparation to open. We have appointed staff and they will be starting their induction in the near future, in order to help with the transition of students and setting up of the base. They will also be working with subject areas to put together our differentiated curriculum which will run in parallel with the school. Our first students will join us after the Easter holiday and around that time we will have our official opening - watch this space. It is a beautiful purpose built space which will allow us to provide specialist ASD provision whilst still having the benefits of being on a large, well-resourced school site.

Whilst being housed in a specialty designed building, we very much see ourselves as a part of Preston School. All pupils attending the Preston Centre will be full members of the school and will access the educational and social opportunities available to students here at Preston School. We will, due to the nature of our students, have an increased focus on language development, social interaction and will explicitly be teaching appropriate social, behaviour and life skills.

rachel walker

Contact Details:

Mrs Rachel Walker

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tel: 01935 471131


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