"Dear Chris, Thanks for the mention on your blog today regarding our partnership work through the "International Inspirations" programme. It is an honour to be asked to join the 2012 programme as the only Special School representative. Our involvement can only strengthen our strong partnership with Boston Spa High School. To add a global perspective and challenge attitudes to Inclusion and Disability in a country like Bangladesh will be rewarding but challenging I am sure. Equally positive is the invite West Oaks (NE SILC) has had to attend a High Performing Specialism event in London tomorrow to celebrate our recent acquisition of our recent HPSS option of Applied Learning. The £90,000 annual funding it attracts will also ensure we develop the Foundation Learning Tier and guarantee work placements for our students. Also, I have received notification this week that we have also been granted " SSAT Consultant School" accreditation status. This process has been developed to formally acknowledge our contribution to system leadership and transforming learning by being a Centre of Excellence. Particularly encouraging is the recognition we have received from the SSAT for our Leading Edge work and outreach work within Children Leeds North East through Rainbow and Project 22. Although quietly going about our work with our young people we constantly strive to do more! Best wishes, Andrew."
The transformation we have seen to the SILC estate over the last few years has been simply amazing. Brilliant colleagues at West Oaks have set high standards and proved that young people with special needs can achieve outstanding outcomes.