Staff from our Robert Ogden School at the awards, with Adrian Lester OBEStaff from our Robert Ogden School at the awards, with Adrian Lester OBE

Congratulations to our Robert Ogden School for being named ‘Most Inspirational Secondary School for Autism Support’ at the Sparkle Sheffield Awards on Saturday! (16 June)

The awards are run by Sparkle Sheffield, a charity for families with autistic children, and were held at St Paul’s Mercure Hotel, Sheffield. The awards recognise individuals and organisations who are working to make South Yorkshire a better place, by either going the extra mile for autistic people or increasing public understanding.

The school received a high number of nominations, from families, people working in education, councillors and others from across South Yorkshire. The winners were chosen by an independent panel.

The school Principal, Lorraine Dormand, and other staff from the school, attended the black tie ceremony, to collect the award in person. They also had the chance to meet the actor Adrian Lester OBE, Magid Magid, Lord Mayor of Sheffield, and Liesje Dusauzay, the founder and CEO of Sparkle Sheffield.

Staff from Robert Ogden School

Our charity has been providing specialist education to children and young people on the autism spectrum for over 50 years. We currently run eight schools, with the most recent, our Anderson School, opening last September.

Our Robert Ogden School is based in Thurnscoe, Barnsley and opened in 1976. The school provides primary, secondary and post-16 support for over 90 pupils as well as day and residential care.

The ‘Most Inspirational Secondary School for Autism Support’ award caps off a very good couple of months for Robert Ogden School, following their ‘Good’ Ofsted reports in May.

Most inspirational secondary school certificate

Lorraine Dormand, Principal of the National Autistic Society's Robert Ogden School, said: “We are very pleased and proud to receive the award and happy to attend such a wonderful event.

“Sheffield Sparkle have done so much to support young people and families across the area. So it’s wonderful to be recognised ‘Most Inspirational Secondary School for Autism support’ in their awards and for our work to be celebrated in this way.

“It means the world to everyone at Robert Ogden School.”

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