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NAS Autism Accreditation


At Willow Dene School we provide specialised support to all our pupils through a personalised and differentiated curriculum that promotes independence at its very core.  

We support a growing population of pupils with an autistic spectrum disorder within twenty-two of our classrooms.  In 2014 we decided to go for our first accreditation with the NAS and since then have had one more accreditation in 2017.   

In May this year we undertook our third NAS review and this time we decided to apply for ‘Advanced Status’ and in July 2021 we found that we had successfully been awarded this status.   

'The advanced status is for schools and services that are providing support for autistic people which is of an exceptionally high standard in both quality and consistency.  Such provisions stand out as being exceptional and can be considered as centres of excellence.' 


Quotes from Parents 

“Willow Dene has been my rock during the lockdown. This school has given me a lot in many ways. My friends are other fellow parents from Willow Dene. Its support is present even outside the school itself within our local community.” 


“Willow Dene is a fantastic school; all the staff are friendly and so welcoming. My daughter has just started her third year now and she is doing amazing. She is now saying a few words, using her pecs amazing, counting up to 10, repeating songs and words. I couldn't of wished for my daughter to go to such a brilliant school.” 


“The effort and help what I am getting for my child is incredible. Willow Dene is amazing school. I will always recommend it to anyone. Thank you to all staff❤️❤️❤️”