World Autism Awareness Week is an event celebrated internationally by millions of people with autism and those who care for them. The week is dedicated to raising money to help people understand autism and to support carers, parents and social workers. The event is organised by The National Autism Society which is the leading support charity for autistic people and their families. It is believed that over half a million autistic people feel socially isolated and this is something that World Autism Awareness Week aims to change.
The Trust currently sponsors the City of Peterborough Academy Special School which provides education for pupils aged 4 to 19 with a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Since opening in 2012, the academy has been rated ‘Good’ by OFSTED. Tom Wales, Assistant Principal, said, “World Autism Awareness Week is obviously something we are very passionate about promoting and something in which we are keen to get our children involved in. It provides us with a further opportunity to allow our pupils to acknowledge how unique they are and that Autism should not be a barrier but merely a reason as to why they may see, think or do things differently. It enables us to celebrate Autism and help spread the word about what it may entail in support of pupils and their parents.”
To find out how the academy has celebrated World Autism Awareness Week, click here.
To find out more about World Autism Awareness Week, click here.
One of the Trust’s priorities for growth is to explore projects that support our aim of being a fully inclusive 3 to 19 organisation. The Trust is delighted that on 1 May 2017, the Nether gate School in Nottingham, will join the group. This school caters for pupils with learning difficulties and complex needs who have found it difficult to ‘fit in’ to a mainstream school. To find out more about the school, click here.
The Trust is also planning to open the Purple Oaks Academy in Kingsthorpe, Northampton this September. This academy will cater for pupils aged 3 to 19 with a diagnosis of ASD / Asperger’s and / or Severe Learning Difficulties. To find out more about the academy, click here.