Autism Accreditation awards commendations to provisions that are able to demonstrate that they not only meet but exceed the Autism Accreditation standards in particular areas, resulting in significant positive impacts on autistic people’s lives.

Commendation winners for 2017 area:

Bank View School

Innovative and creative ways to manage macro transition to the newly built school.

Clare Mount Specialist Sports College

Commitment to an autism specific action research project that could be seen to have significant impact on pupils across the college.

Drumbeat Outreach

Varied and bespoke family support, responding to family feedback to develop the service further. Can provide clear examples of progress with children and families through data via the programmes they have delivered.

Gowrie Student Support

Commended for how sensitive the service was to the needs of the autistic students it supports, in relation to maintaining self-esteem within a peer group, and providing a service that could effectively meet the needs of the students whilst remaining discreet. As a consequence there was a clear demonstration of success in supporting people through the further education process who have had many academic achievements to date.

Holmewood School

Extensive community links offering extended enrichment to the lives of autistic pupils, including a huge variety of outdoor activities and experiences.

John Billam Resource Centre, Brent Council

Commended for their acknowledgement and understanding of individual’s bereavement and the creative way they managed this throughout the service.

Margaret Coates Centre

Appreciation of individual need, in proactively seeking out an alternative curriculum for pupils within the centre based on need and achieving within a mainstream setting.

Mowbray School

Investment and use of their own farm and nature reserve to enrich learning and support out of classroom experiences that reinforce key academic subjects and skill acquisition.

Parkfields Road and Tyn Y Waun

Comprehensive individual support plans. These detail the transitional support, communication aids, environmental modifications and structured activities for individuals, and explain the level and method of coaching they require in order for strategies to be effective.

Phoenix School

How specialist teaching assistants were able to deliver Speech and Language and Sensory Integration programmes in situ within the classroom setting.

Roman Fields School

Use of person centred and individualised approaches to support children  to reengage with education and succeed. A particular strength of the school is their support of sensory needs.


Have shown a significant commitment to autism by pursuing the accreditation process. Go above and beyond to achieve successes beyond the art of skiing itself but in areas such as confidence, self-esteem, social skills, and other key interaction skills that have impacted on individuals lives beyond the ski group.

St Annes School and Sixth Form College

For extensive links with the local community and the commitment to ever expand the real life experiences of the pupils within the school.

The Together Team, Lincolnshire education outreach

The continued impact and sustainability of the service affecting a large number of schools and autistic pupils over a large geographical region.

Tollgate School

The strong commitment to including autistic students within a mainstream environment and the range of creative and flexible approaches employed to achieve this goal.