Castle Hill High School gains national autism award

Castle Hill High School has become the first state school in Stockport to receive the nationally recognised Autism Accreditation award from the National Autistic Society.

Celebrating excellence in services and support offered to autistic children and adults, the award has been made in recognition of the school’s high quality autism practice.

Offering ‘outstanding’ education to all of its students, the accreditation assessors shone a light on how Castle Hill’s work with its autistic students, in both the main school and its specialist ASC Hub, encourages independence and equips them with the skills to succeed in the future. Through individually tailored curriculums, specialist support and an engaging education pupils develop as individuals whilst also gaining key life and social skills.

Autism Accreditation is an autism-specific quality assurance programme. To gain accreditation, organisations have to meet a standard of excellence, showing a continual commitment to offering the best services possible for those with autism.

Councillor Dean Fitzpatrick, Cabinet Member for Education at Stockport Council said “I’m delighted that Castle Hill High School’s work with autistic students has been nationally recognised and I’d like to send my congratulations to everyone at the school, who should be exceptionally proud of this achievement.

“Students are at the heart of education across Stockport and this is shown again at Castle Hill. The quality of learning and support they offer to their autistic pupils inspires each of them and equips them with the skills to succeed in the future.”

Castle Hill’s Headteacher, John Law, said “At Castle Hill we have a positive ethos enhanced by a clear ‘can do’ culture of learning. The award celebrates the exceptional qualities of the staff, their commitment, enterprise and inspirational teaching which ensures the pupils make outstanding progress. It is great to have the National Autistic Society validate what we do.”

Rachel Gittens, Accreditation Adviser at the National Autistic Society, said: “Castle Hill High School should be exceptionally proud of their achievement. 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.”