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(UK) Flintshire: School receives autism accreditation

Feb 21, 2023, Leader Live: Autism Accreditation for Flint specialist high school

NW England

A SPECIALIST high school in Flintshire has received two accreditation awards in recognition of its good practice.

Ysgol Maes Hyfryd, in Flint, has been recognised for its good autism practice and has successfully been awarded Autism Accreditation by the National Autistic Society (NAS), the UK's leading charity for autistic people, and received the Diamond Standard/Silver Standard by Investors in Families.

The award was set up by NAS 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, schools, colleges and more.

To gain accreditation, organisations have to meet a standard of excellence and follow a framework for continuous self-examination and development. More than 500 organisations are now accredited. NAS award was given in recognition of the provision's good autism practice….

The award was presented by Jonny Knowles one of the NAS's lead assessors. Autism Accreditation is an autism-specific quality assurance programme.

Emma Keyworth, assistant headteacher , who led on the national autistic society accreditation, said: "Achieving Autism Accreditation proves that Ysgol Maes Hyfryd is committed to understanding autism and setting the standard for autism practice, we demonstrated our continuous support and provision to all autistic students, we are always striving to provide the best opportunities for our students.

"Without the right support or understanding, autistic people can miss out on so much."

The second award, the Diamond Standard/Silver Standard by Investors in Families is a quality mark that recognises the work that Ysgol Maes Hyfryd has undertaken with families to improve outcomes for their students.


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