We are celebrating after being officially accredited by the National Autistic Society (NAS) yet again for our “effective child-centred package for pupils and students on the Autism Spectrum.”
The Autism Accreditation is an internationally recognised quality standard by NAS which aims to set and encourage high standards of provision for people of all ages living with Autism.
By achieving this prestigious accreditation, we have been recognised as a place that puts the interests of autistic young people at the heart of everything they do.
Gaining accreditation has been the result of continuous hard work of a large team of staff. A team from the National Autistic Society visited the school, interviewed members of staff, gathered feedback from the families and observed different lessons, ranging from early years to sixth form.
Questionnaires from parents highlighted Abbot’s Lea School’s strong focus on the pastoral and academic development of the students. One parent commented, “My son and our family would be lost without the help and support of the amazing staff in school.”
The NAS team praised our excellent use of resources and multi-sensory methodologies; the positive and respectful interactions between students and the staff and the school’s robust model of training and support for staff.
Commenting on the accreditation, Headteacher Mrs Ania Hildrey says: “We are delighted to be officially recognised by the National Autistic Society for the excellent education and care we provide to our students. Our specialist staff: the governors, leaders, teachers and an army of support assistants deserve every bit of this recognition as they work hard to provide a truly autism-specific approach to teaching and learning.
“This is an exciting period for us as we look to develop further and work towards our vision of transforming Abbot’s Lea from the outstanding school it already is, to the best special school in the world! This Autism Accreditation brings us a step closer on our journey!
“I am proud and privileged to be the school’s Headteacher and I want to thank and congratulate every student, parent and colleague – this award is a recognition of more than just results. It is a celebration of the school as a very close community working together to make learning irresistible!”