Byline: DAVID POWELL
Gogarth becomes a centre of excellence A SPECIAL school's top award could help convince future parents to send their pupils to the school - saving the local council thousands by avoiding sending them out of Wales.
National Autistic Society (NAS) officials have granted Ysgol Y Gogarth in Llandudno the first autism accreditation for any school of its type in Wales. At present 30% its 170 pupils are autistic or have communication problems.
The autism accreditation means parents of potential pupils will be more convinced about sending their children to Ysgol Y Gogarth - and not potentially to the Society's own school in Peterborough - and other independent schools - which can cost a staggering pounds 250,000 per pupil per year.
The school is due a Headteacher Jonathan Morgan, at Ysgol Y Gogarth, said: "I am delighted that the accreditation is a recognition of the high standards of teaching of autistic pupils by staff.
"We hope this convinces future parents that they don't have to travel outside Wales. A place in a suitable independent school can cost pounds 250,000 per pupil per year."
If parents choose Gogarth the local council would have to pay a fraction of that cost. It would also mean children don't suffer emotionally by being separated from their family at a distant school. Nor does it dilute Welshness by educating youngsters in an English school. …