A Renfrewshire primary school is in the running for a prestigious national autism award.
St Anthony’s Primary school made the shortlist for the Autism Professionals Awards.
The Johnstone school was nominated for the Inspirational Education Provision category by parents of pupils who attends the Communication Development Unit.
This unit supports children with communication development conditions, providing an inclusive environment where the pupils can learn and engage with both their class and the community.
The Autism Professionals Awards recognise the amazing contributions and achievements of individuals, teams and organisations who have committed to supporting autistic people.
This year’s shortlist marks the second time St Anthony’s have been runner-up for the Autism Professionals Awards, having previously been selected for the same category in 2016.
Head teacher Jacqueline McBurnie said:
“It’s very special to get nominated by our parents. It’s an absolute honour to serve these children and their families and to know they value what we do is very touching.”
Convener of Education and Children’s Services, Councillor Jim Paterson said:
“The nomination highlights the fantastic work the school is doing to support pupils with autism and communication development conditions.
“To be shortlisted once for a national award is fantastic but twice is absolutely amazing. I wish the school the best of luck at the awards ceremony.”
The award ceremony will take place on March 7 2019 in Birmingham where the winners will be announced.
Director of the National Autistic Society’s Centre for Autism, Carol Povey said:
“We run the Autism Professionals Awards each year to recognise and celebrate the people, projects and organisations doing amazing things for autistic children, adults or their families.
“By celebrating their achievements, we hope to improve public understanding of autism and inspire other people and organisations to make a difference too.”