Astley village school staff share expertise at autism event

The Priory’s Helen Sharpe, Tony Macquarrie, Julie Hesmondhalgh, director for Priory and Wendy Sparling, Principal of Oliver House

The Priory’s Helen Sharpe, Tony Macquarrie, Julie Hesmondhalgh, director for Priory and Wendy Sparling, Principal of Oliver House

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A special school in Astley Village has shown its expertise in education for young people with autism after two of its staff were invited to speak at the national conference on the condition.

Priory Oliver House principal Wendy Sparling and registered manager Ase Farbrot presented to an audience of parents, carers, professionals and individuals on the autism spectrum on the subject of teaching approaches.

Oliver House School is a specialist co-educational day and residential school for boys and girls aged 6 to 19 with moderate to severe autistic spectrum conditions and associated learning difficulties.

Coronation Street’s Julie Hesmondhalgh, who plays Hayley Cropper in the soap, is a supporter of the school and was on hand to open extended facilities last year Staff at Oliver House are conducting their own research project on the impact specific teaching approaches have on a group of pupils with autistic spectrum disorder.

Many of the young people at Oliver House School have been out of education for considerable periods of time.

The school aims to encourage students to attend on a daily basis with support from the dedicated staff team.

Wendy Sparling, principal at Priory Oliver House School said: “It was an honour to speak at the Autism Show to demonstrate the innovative care and education Priory Education Services prides itself on. The presentation received a positive response from the audience.

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