Special award for Cheltenham school’s IMPACT on children with autism
Glenfall Community Primary School has received an award from Gloucestershire County Council for their work to support students who live with autism.
Gloucestershire County Council is pleased to provide schools with the opportunity to be recognised for the outstanding work they do to promote the inclusion and welfare of pupils with autism. The Gloucestershire Autism Inclusion Quality Mark is awarded to schools that show excellence in this area.
Glenfall Community Primary School received the award at a special celebration on Thursday 19 July to mark their outstanding support to pupils at the school with autism.
Other schools in Gloucestershire have already received the award including Stroud and Cotswold Alternative Provision School and more recently, Ruardean C of E Primary. Both schools demonstrated excellent practice for children and young people with autism and Gloucestershire County Council recognises the same high standards shown by Glenfall Primary School.
Cllr Richard Boyles, cabinet member for children and young people said, “This is a fantastic achievement from Glenfall Primary; the staff here work exceptionally hard to provide support to all students, not just to those with special educational needs. I think they are very deserving of this award.”
Anthony Mitchell, Headteacher at Glenfall said, “I am delighted that all of the staff at Glenfall Primary are so committed to delivering excellent support to pupils at the school with autism. This award is a statement of the hard work they put in every day.”
Cllr Matt Babbage, local county councillor for Battledown and Charlton Kingssaid, “This is great news for Glenfall; it is a wonderful school with a great support team and I feel they are a worthy winner of their award”.
Autism is a lifelong developmental disability and affects about 8,580 people in Gloucestershire and around 1,632 of those are children and young people aged between 0-19. Autism affects how a person makes sense of the world around them and how they communicate and relate to others.
The Gloucestershire Autism Inclusion Quality Mark has been developed by the Gloucestershire IMPACT (including and motivating pupils with autism and communication needs team) at Gloucestershire County Council and provides schools with the opportunity to gain recognition for the hard work they do to improve the learning experiences for pupils with autism.