Brookways School London which supports children with autism is celebrating being named as a finalist for a duo of prestigious national awards.
The school opened just over two years ago and provides a specially-designed learning environment for autistic young people who have found mainstream school environments have not been able to meet their needs.
Both the overall Brookways teaching and support team, and its Headteacher Melanie Whitfield, have been recognised in the National Autistic Society's Autism Professional Awards, having been shortlisted for the Inspirational Education Provision (Primary) award and the Achievement by an Individual Education Professional Award respectively.
Melanie, and the school, were shortlisted for the awards by an independent panel of autism specialists who were looking for high standards of innovation, creativity, impact and sustainability. There are 13 awards for individuals and organisations, covering education, health, social care, employment, and volunteering.
Part of the Kedleston Group of schools, the school was graded as Good with Outstanding features in its first inspection by regulator Ofsted and supports boys and girls aged between seven and 16.
Melanie said: “It is an honour for us all to be nominated for these highly regarded awards and is truly humbling. For each and every one of us at Brookways, it Is a privilege to work with the young people and their families here every day.
“The team here go above and beyond to make sure the young people at Brookways receive all they need to get the best out of their education and their progress and happiness speak for themselves.”
The winners of the awards will be announced at a special celebration event being held in Birmingham on February 27th 2020.
Congratulations to all of the nominees and for going above and beyond every single day!