High Park School is the first school or organisation in Bradford to be awarded Autism Accreditation by the National Autistic Society.
The National Autistic Society is the UK’s leading charity for people on the autism spectrum and their families.
The award was given in recognition of the school’s good autism practice. 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 National Autistic Society’s Autism Accreditation programme was launched over 20 years ago and sets extremely high standards, which the school has worked incredibly hard to meet.
Being autistic means you feel, hear and see things in a different, often more intense, way to others and may struggle in certain social situations. More than 1 in 100 people are on the autism spectrum and it will affect each one of them slightly differently – some go onto successful careers while others need intensive support to go about their daily lives.
Find out more about Autism Accreditation on The National Autistic Society website: http://www. autism.org.uk/accreditation
Principal, Ann Andrew, is pictured with one of the students who is holding the award.