Nook Lane Junior School is a mainstream school (for children between 7-11 years old) with an Integrated Resource (IR) for children with autism and social and communication difficulties. Some children from the IR integrate fully in mainstream classes with support, some pupils access lessons in the mainstream classes, where appropriate, whilst others with more complex needs spend most or all of their time in the IR. The school is two-form entry and the vast majority of children come from the local infant school (Stannington Infants). The children start from a broadly average base, academically. In recent years, the distinctive characteristic of the school has been to create a learning community for a wide band of ability ranging from children working at P levels to children achieving level 6. The school provides a broad, balanced and rich curriculum.