St. John’s School and College Receives Autism Accreditation

St. John’s School and College, a learning disability school, college and registered charity, has recently been awarded Autism Accreditation from The National Autistic Society (NAS).

Autism Accreditation is an internationally-recognised process of support and development for all organisations that provide services to autistic people. It is also a positive way of showing that an organisation is committed to understanding autism and that their services are setting the standard for autism practice.

During a review, carried out earlier this year, 33 separate observations were made at the college site on Walpole Road across education and residential services. Each observation focused on the 4 categories of: ‘Differences in Communication’, ‘Self Reliance,’ ‘Problem Solving & Sensory Experiences’ and ‘Emotional Wellbeing’ using the grading system of ‘Not Met,’ ‘Partially Met,’ ‘Majority Met’ or ‘Fully Met’.

College Site (002)St. John’s achieved a very strong score of 98.5% ‘Majority Met’ and ‘Fully Met’ along with many strengths being identified. One of the many strengths was St. John’s commitment to partnership working between education, residential, therapy and external parties such as parents. The report stated that St. John’s “offers the students a true multidisciplinary approach to their care and education”.

The lead reviewer stated that of all the provisions she has reviewed, St. John’s has “by far the best example of integrated working that she has seen.”

Alexandra Harris, a St. John’s Pathway Leader and liaison during the NAS review, said “It is an honour to achieve Autism Accreditation and shows just how impressive and life changing our work with learning disabled young people is.”

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