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Our History

BeyondAutism was founded as The Rainbow Charity in 2000, when a group of parents founded Rainbow School in 2000 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 pupils from 16 Local Authorities across London.

In September 2017 Rainbow School becomes two separate schools, Park House School and Tram House School.

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

The story so far…

2000

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

“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."

Karen Sorab, Founder and Chair of Trustees

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

Financing is successfully raised to purchase our Tram House site for redevelopment and our £1.5m capital appeal is launched.

2016

Construction work began on the Tram House site. The new school building is designed for the education and development of independence skills for our Upper School pupils.

2017

In September 2017, Rainbow School becomes two separate schools, Park House School and Tram House School.