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Acorn Park is an independent, specialist day and residential school that caters for children and young people aged 4 – 19 years who have autism and associated difficulties. They have a deservedly good reputation with parents and placing authorities for meeting the needs of children and young people who also have moderate or severe learning difficulties, and whose behaviour can be challenging. From September 2012 they extended there provision, with the opening of The Oak Tree Centre, to cater for children whose attainment is average or above average, but who need an autistic friendly environment in order to achieve their academic potential.

I have covered the school photography for Acorn Park for a number of years now and have visited the school in Norfolk on numerous occasion, so seeing some familiar faces is always enjoyable. The brief today for the education photograph was to cover three case studies, the pupils took part in a number of classroom and external recreational subjects. Following them around created a diverse range of imagery and these included horse riding, woodland walks and also using the newly installed gym facilities at the school which is set among the Norfolk countryside.

The children are very wary of visitors so it is very much a car of building up trust and using the guidance of the teaching staff around to wait for the opportune moments, being at Acorn Park for the day. I used the 70-200mm lens for most of the portrait photography, the zoom works so well for school photos as you are a distance away and the pupils do not feel intimidated at all by the camera, plus the weather was great to work in, Spring is finally here.
BLOG 2015