The Finest Autism School in Country

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The Finest Autism School in Country


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. …

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