Weston Point College in Runcorn has become the first School in Halton to be awarded the prestigious ADHD Friendly School award by the ADHD Foundation, for their work with young people with ADHD in the last academic year. Weston Point College is proudly committed to supporting Young People in the local area to improve their life chances through education.
Weston Point College has displayed an outstanding commitment to all of their students with ADHD. The school has an array of support structures and strategies to ensure that the students with ADHD can access the curriculum fully and are happy and achieving at school. In addition, thorough staff training has been provided by the ADHD Foundation.
All students learn about and celebrate Neurodiversity. Lessons are structured to provide opportunities for thinking and reflection. Timetables and classroom activities are highly personalised. Physical activity is prioritised for the students with ADHD. There are daily opportunities available for all students with students able to decide which activities work best for them and plentiful outdoor learning sessions. The school also provides a much needed calming environment for those students with ADHD who sometimes find school a very anxious place. Yoga, mindfulness and a Sensory space in school are available to all students with ADHD.
Colin Foley, the training director of the ADHD Foundation said:
“It has been a privilege to work with Weston Point College. The staff have gone above and beyond to make their lessons and their school environment enjoyable, supportive and safe spaces for their students with ADHD and I’m glad that they are getting the recognition for this that they deserve.”
Katie Anderson, the Headteacher of Weston Point said:
“Staff have been dedicated at Weston Point for many years to ensure that Young People with ADHD are given an education which suits their needs and allows them to thrive. I see this award as recognition of this and the beginning of further work to engage the wider community to understand ADHD.
The ADHD Foundation, based in Liverpool, works in partnership with individuals, families, doctors, teachers and other agencies to improving emotional well-being, educational attainment, behaviour and life chances through better understanding and self-management of ADHD, ASD and related learning difficulties.