Forest school making an IMPACT


Ruardean C of E Primary is the first school in the Forest of Dean to pick up a special award from Gloucestershire County Council for their inclusion of students with autism.

The Gloucestershire Autism Inclusion Quality Mark is an opportunity for schools to be recognised for what they are doing to promote the inclusion, motivation, progress and welfare of pupils with autism in their schools.

Ruardean received the award at a special celebration this week to mark their outstanding support to pupils with autism, including the support from their specialist communication and interaction centre at the school.

Many schools in Gloucestershire demonstrate excellent practice for children and young people with autism and the county council recognises and celebrates this quality provision. It also makes sure that these high standards of being inclusive are consistent across our county.

Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them.

Cllr Richard Boyles, cabinet member for children and young people said, “The staff at Ruardean have gone the extra mile to support pupils with autism in their school – their specialist communication and interaction centre plays an important role into how that support is delivered. They are all very worthy of the Gloucestershire Autism Inclusion Quality Mark and should be very proud”.

Simon Manning headteacher at Ruardean C of E Primary School said “It’s a great achievement by the school, I am very happy with the staff and everyone involved. As a school we aim to meet the needs of all our pupils and it’s good to see that schools in Gloucestershire are getting recognition for their hard work”.

Cllr Terry Hayle local county councillor for Drybrook and Lydbrook said “This is great news for Ruardean, it is a wonderful school with good educational support facilities and I feel they are very deserving of their award”.

Latest figures indicate that approximately one person in 100 is on the autism spectrum. This suggests that in Gloucestershire there are about 8,580 people on the autistic spectrum and that about 1,632 are children and young people aged 0-19.