St John’s Catholic Specialist School in Boston Spa has gained the National Autistic Society’s Accreditation Award!
The Autism Accreditation Programme is the UK’s only autism-specific quality assurance programme of support and development for those providing services to autistic people. In an application process taking two years and involving audits, observations, interviews and other information collecting, St John’s School has achieved the accreditation necessary for proving that an organisation is committed to understanding autism and setting the standard for autism practice.
Head Teacher Ann Bradbury said:
‘We knew we were evolving as a school, and wanted to ensure we were providing the best experience for all our students. We decided to apply for accreditation through the National Autistic Society to help us identify areas for improvement and seek advice on how to develop further. Overall, this has helped us to become a more autism focused school with an increased expertise in supporting our autistic young people. This is an ongoing programme and we will continue to learn, and develop. We are very grateful for the commitment and hard work that went into achieving this award from all of the staff at St John’s. Everyone had a part in the journey we undertook, and everyone should celebrate this achievement. We would also like to thank our parents, governors and, of course, the students themselves for their contributions.’
There’s more on this story and about St John’s Catholic Specialist School in the school’s most recent newsletter: