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Cllr Nagpal and Cllr Raza at Coston Primary School

Coston Primary School receives accreditation from National Autistic Society

Congratulations to Coston Primary school for gaining their accreditation with The National Autistic Society.

The recent accreditation with the National Autistic Society recognises their commitment to inclusion and the wider Ealing local offer. Accreditation will enable them to continue to provide high quality specialist provision for 35 children with speech, language and communication needs including autism. The accreditation will also enable the school to provide peer support and outreach services to other schools in Ealing.

A significant step forward

Councillor Kamaljit Kaur Nagpal, cabinet member for A Fairer Start stated: “This is a significant step forward as part of our commitment to expanding Additionally Resourced Provisions (ARP) across Ealing and providing the much-needed specialist school support for children with autism.

“Well done to headteacher Kate Moyse, all the teachers, staff, and parents for creating an environment where children can excel to reach their full potential. The provision and support provided by teaching staff, enables the children to attain a level of independence, as they transition into high school.”

Additionally Resourced Provision

The accreditation is a quality assurance programme provided by the National Autistic Society, following an in-depth assessment of the inclusive school provision for all pupils and Additionally Resourced Provision (ARP) as a distinctive part of their offer, which assists in providing for the individualised and complex needs of each child.

To incorporate the ARP unit, there was a re-modelling process of the school building, which was undertaken together with the council, to become an integral part of the school, and the suite of rooms has enabled the school to offer provision beyond the academic curriculum. The rooms provide extra learning space, in a kitchen, a sensory room, and additional therapy and intervention spaces, that allow for independent living skills, to meet the communication needs of the children, maintain their emotional well-being and support them in becoming more self-reliant.

Kate Moyse, Headteacher at Coston Primary School, said, “A key aspect of the success of our ARP, is the wholesale ‘buy-in’ of the entire staff team. It was always an important part of our vision that the children will all have opportunities to integrate, at some level, with their mainstream peers.”

Kate also thanked the schools ARP team and students , stating: “Our ARP team is amazing, and from Day 1 they have gone above and beyond to help and support the children, and each other. Their willingness to go ‘the extra mile’ is exceptional, and their passion for making sure the children get the very best is without question.

“And thank you to all the children at the school. We learn from our children all the time and Coston children are, unconsciously, the best teachers.”

The school are now working towards their next goal of Advanced Accreditation status, with the National Autistic Society.

Council manifesto commitment 2022

The council continues its manifesto commitment to supply 70 more SEND places in schools across the borough, and is currently investing in three more ARPs, with provision planned for one primary and two high schools. More information about how the council supports children with special educational needs and disabilities, and their families, can be found online at www.ealingfamiliesdirectory.org.uk under ‘Local Offer’.

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