On Wednesday 22nd July, Heathermount School invited student’s families and friends to their annual Family Celebration Day.

140 guests, including students and their families, School Governors and the Chief Executive of The Disabilities Trust, were invited to a Family Celebration Day. They were joined by students who will be starting at the school in September, and their families, so that they could develop their connection with the school.

The day included sports events such as wheelchair basketball, rugby, javelin and a 50 yard sprint which was followed by a BBQ picnic. A local jazz band entertained everyone during the picnic before the grand opening of Heathermount's Outdoor Classroom. The Outdoor Classroom has been specifically created to allow the students to explore and interact with their surroundings. In the classroom there is a large bridged pond and seating area which is surrounded by a wooden sculpture and a marvelous selection of plant life.

Ruth Bovill, Headteacher said:

This was a wonderful day where all the school community came together, to celebrate the achievements of our students. Our staff worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make this day a successful one.

At Heathermount all students are helped to become independent, confident young adults who are able to leave school and enter the world of further education or employment. No student has left Heathermount and become a government statistic for Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET). All have either progressed to colleges of further education or into the world of work.

Our person centred approach is critical to the success of every one of our students, and there is a strong commitment to a positive and progressive school experience. The key to success for students lies within our capacity to individualise the learning experience around the young person's strengths and autistic needs.

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