Staff, pupils and parents at Lakeside 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:

The onsite Clinical team, made up of SALT, OT, Educational Psychologist, Assistant Psychologist and Mental Health practitioner, allows the school to regularly to assess the needs of all pupils and plan specialist programmes of support based on a range of autism specific best practice methods and approaches.


The termly ITAC (Internal Team Around the Child) meeting for each pupil allows clinical, pastoral and class staff to work collaboratively to provide consistent and effective support.


Relationships between staff and pupils are positive and purposeful. Staff were seen to constantly offer positive support, praise and reassurance. The regular key worker sessions allow staff to develop relationships and a greater understanding of their needs.


Lunchtimes are a positive social experience. Staff and pupils eat lunch together which allows staff to model appropriate behaviour and facilitate peer to peer interactions


Families feel “valued” and were overwhelmingly positive about the “caring” and “supportive” staff who put the “children at the centre of everything they do”.


Well done everyone.