Autism Accreditation

Autism Accreditation

Established by The National Autistic Society (NAS) and its affiliated local societies, with support from the Department of Health, Autism Accreditation has been the foundation upon which much of the successful expansion of quality services for people with autism has been built.

The programme is a continuing accreditation process. It supports and advises services in the interpretation of the Autism Accreditation standards and advises them on creating quality action groups to assist the process. Services are advised on carrying out a self-audit process against our standards, using set criteria, until they are ready to undergo a formal review.

St. Joseph’s School is very proud to have achieved the autism accreditation two years ago.  Please click here to find out more information.

Arts Mark Gold LogoArts Council

Arts Council England works to get great art to everyone by championing, developing and investing in artistic experiences that enrich people’s lives.

As the national development agency for the arts, we support a range of artistic activities from theatre to music, literature to dance, photography to digital art, carnival to crafts.

Great art inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better.

Between 2008 and 2011 we will invest in excess of £1.6 billion of public money from the government and the National Lottery to create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country.

Goldlogo(1)  Food For Life 

The Food for Life Partnership is a network of schools and communities across England committed to transforming food culture.

Led by the Soil Association, the Food for Life Partnership brings together the practical expertise of the Focus on Food Campaign, Garden Organic and the Health Education Trust.

St. Joseph’s are very proud to have achieved the Silver Food for Life award and are a flagship school in working towards the Gold award. Please click here for more information

spec schools  Specialist Schools and Academies Trust 

We are the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT), an independent, not-for-profit membership organisation dedicated to raising levels of achievement in secondary education.

We have a membership of over 5,600 schools and organisations. We are a registered charity.

We work with head teachers, teachers and students to encourage them to develop and share new and effective teaching and learning practice, and to improve schools to raise standards and levels of achievement. In practice, head teachers and teachers design, lead and deliver our work, and continue to develop what we do

nass           NASS

Champion the rights and interests of all people with autism and aim to provide individuals with autism and their families with help, support and services that they can access, trust and rely upon and which can make a positive difference to their lives.

The website includes information about autism and Asperger syndrome, the NAS and its services and activities. Please click here to go to the website .


healthy       Healthy Schools

The Healthy Schools Programme (NHSP) is a joint initiative between DCSF and Department of Health (DH) – which promotes a whole school / whole child approach to health. The Programme has existed since 1999. It is recognised as a key delivery mechanism in the Children’s Plan (DCSF 2007) and in Healthy Weight, healthy Lives (DH 2008) – 21st Century White Paper reference.

Healthy Schools is intended to deliver real benefits in respect of:

•Improvement in health and reduced health inequalities;
•Raised pupil achievement;
•More social inclusion; and,
•Closer working between health promotion providers and education establishments

We want all children and young people to be healthy and achieve at school and in life. We believe that by providing opportunities at school for enhancing emotional and physical aspects of health. In the longer term, this will lead to improved health, reduced health inequalities, increased social inclusion and raise achievement for all.

senSEN Special Schools 

St. Joseph’s School were awarded Specialist Status for Communication and Interaction in 2009.

Specialist Status will give St. Joseph’s the opportunity to share and develop their expertise and improve outcomes for the students, stakeholders and the local community.  During the first year some of the things we will achieve are:

  • Deliver makaton workshops to partner schools
  • Develop play based learning programmes in partnership with the local PCT
  • Provide makaton taster sessions to year 11 students in partner schools
  • Deliver a training package in communication difficulties to local community groups
  • Work with local day centre to produce communication passports

As part of the bid a new communication and interaction resource centre within the school building will be built and also a new build therapies centre.


NASEN Logo     Please click here to find a comprehensive list of SEND Resources