Hinderton Primary School in Ellesmere Port was singled out for praise by Local MP, Justin Madders in the chamber of the House of Commons. He commended the school on its educational provision for young people with autism up to the age of 11 in a debate on 28th January and followed up with a visit to the school on 5th February.
In a parliamentary question, Justin called on the Leader of the House of Commons, Chris Grayling MP to grant a debate on widening opportunities in education for young people with autism. He praised the work of Hinderton Primary School, which has received four consecutive ‘Outstanding’ reports from Ofsted; however he drew attention to the fact that three out of four young people with autism do not access any kind of education after school age. Responding, the Leader of the House pledged to raise the issue with the Minister for Schools.
Speaking during his visit to the school, Justin said:
“Hinderton Primary School is one of the best schools of its kind anywhere in the country and I cannot praise it highly enough. It is a kind and welcoming environment that enables the young people who attend to reach their full potential.
However, it is a sad fact that after school-age, educational opportunities for people with autism are not what they should be. This has been exacerbated in recent years by Government cuts to further education colleges, which has reduced the number of opportunities available.
I was able to talk to staff and parents on my visit and we discussed some of the challenges the children face in society. It was clear that great strides have been made in recent years in supporting people with autism but there is much more to do in terms of greater awareness amongst the public and support in the transition to adulthood. I am passionate about ensuring that everyone with autism has the opportunity to access a good education, not just at primary school, but throughout their entire lives.”