Regional Centre for Learners with Autistic Spectrum Disorders



City College Norwich is the home of the Regional Centre for Learners with Autistic Spectrum Disorders which is known to its users as the ‘RUGROOM.

The Really Useful Group’ was formed by a small number of students on the autistic spectrum who began meeting up at lunchtimes in 2005. As the number of students attending this group increased it was recognised that there was a need for a more permanent and specifically designed space. The group worked with designers from ‘Team-ago-go’ to discuss their needs and requirements for the room, plans were produced and funding to build the space was provided by the Learning and Skills Council. The students started using the new ‘RUGROOM’ space in 2007 and it was officially opened by Sir Charles Clarke MP in 2008 .

Any student who has declared a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder is entitled to have access to the RUGROOM whilst studying at college.

The RUGROOM is a purpose-built social space, safe haven and inclusive learning environment for students on the autistic spectrum.

We realise that the average college day can cause high anxiety and stress for students on the autistic spectrum. The space and the specialist staff who are based in the RUGROOM are here to support and guide students through these challenging moments. Having this support network in place enables students to progress in their education as well as developing their personal and social skills. Each area of the room is designed specifically to facilitate student’s individual needs.