It was a pleasure to be shown around Sutherland House School – a specialist Autism East Midlands school – located on Bath Street opposite Victoria Park earlier today. I met with the senior team and was taken around the school by Deputy Head Kari Anson (pictured below with two pupils at lunchtime!).
The special school for up to 94 students with autism aged 3-19 years is located in purpose-developed facilities where the students attend from within a daily commutable distance covering the local authorities of Nottinghamshire, Nottingham City, Derbyshire, Derby City, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, Leicester City, Rutland, Doncaster and even South Yorkshire. Their multi-disciplinary support teams include Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists and Psychologists, working closely with experienced teachers and teaching assistants to create a personalised pathway that caters for the needs of the individual student. In recent years the restricted funding for local authorities has seen pupils find it harder to obtain this specialist level of often one-to-one support – but the work they do is so important.
Autism Awareness Week is coming up in early April and hopefully there will be a strong level of participation across Nottingham.