Staff, pupils and parents at Bridgeway School are celebrating after they recently received Autism Accreditation from the National Autistic Society, the UK’s leading charity for people on the autism spectrum and their families.

Autism Accreditation is an autism-specific quality assurance programme. It was set up in 1992 to improve the support available to autistic people in organisations throughout the UK and across the world, including local authorities, NHS trusts, education authorities, local autism societies and private companies. To gain accreditation organisations have to meet a standard of excellence and follow a framework for continuous self-examination and development. Over 500 organisations are now accredited.

The acclaimed award, which aims to improve the quality of care and education for people with autism through a unified standard of excellence, provides parents and carers with peace of mind when choosing a school for their child. The accreditation is designed to provide autism-specific quality assurance on the provision and services a school offers.

The report noted:

There is effective collaboration between school staff and the therapy team, with clear evidence, from observation of working practice and documentation, which therapeutic interventions are becoming embedded into class based support.

Staff in classrooms work well as a team, they consist

ently demonstrate a sound understanding of individual need through differentiated teaching practices, direct support and intervention. Students are happy, relaxed and fully engaged.

Sensory needs are understood and very well managed across the school day.

Well done everyone.