Empowering People, Launching lives

Our story

We are proud of where we are today and look forward to empowering more people with autism for decades to come.

BeyondAutism was founded as The Rainbow Charity in 2000, when a group of parents founded Rainbow School with 3 pupils in a run-down pre-fabricated hut on the grounds of Beatrix Potter School in Wandsworth.

Since then the charity and school have undergone a remarkable transformation, growing exponentially in response to need. We now deliver transformative education to 68 students from 16 Local Authorities across London at our leading specialist school, and have supported hundreds of individuals through our growing outreach and support services with parents, carers, professionals and schools.

“The first Rainbow School was hardly a school at all. It was little more than a hut, kindly lent to us by Beatrix Potter School in Wandsworth. But to my mind it still stands as a symbol: of who we are and what we can achieve through hard work, love for our children and the kindness of friends.

Now we’re tremendously excited to be on the cusp of redeveloping our Tram House site. This will increase the number of children we can accept and the number of families who benefit, and ensure that we have the right facilities to help all our students – each with their own very personal needs – for many years to come.”

Karen Sorab
Founder and Chair of Trustees

The story so far…

2000

The Rainbow Charity and Rainbow School are founded with 3 pupils in temporary accommodation.

2002
Rainbow School moves into Tram House, a rented property on Garratt Lane.

2009/2010
Having raised £4.36m in donations and financing we purchased and completed the Phase I redevelopment of our second school site opposite Spencer Park in Wandsworth.

2011
We re-brand the charity to BeyondAutism reflecting our ambition to go beyond the condition, exceed the limits and give families hope.

2014
Having fundraised over £570k Phase II works are completed at our Spencer Park site, equipping the school with a multipurpose hall, shower block and space for a library.

2015
Fundraising is completed to kit out the library and a soft play and sensory interaction suite.
68 students from 16 Local Authorities
Financing is successfully raised to purchase our Tram House site for redevelopment and our £1.5m capital appeal is launched.

2016
5 year strategy: Empowering People: Launching Lives

Registered Charity No. 1082599. Registered in England and Wales Ltd by guarantee No. 4041459 Registered Office: Ashurst, Broadwalk House, 5 Appold Street, London, EC2A 2HA