Last week, HRH The Countess of Wessex opened a new free school in Tilehurst, Berkshire. Owned by the NAS Academies Trust, the school caters for children on the autistic spectrum. With Diagnosis of autism on the rise, the school offers much needed places to children who require specialist education in the area.
Axcis staff were thrilled to be invited along, and will be actively sourcing teachers and teaching assistants for the school. As specialist SEND recruiters, and sponsors of the National Autistic Society, Axcis are very well placed to find individuals with the right attitude, skills and training to support the children attending the school.
Gary Simm, headteacher, gave the Countess a tour of the premises after she unveiled a plaque and gave a short speech. She observed some lessons and spoke to staff and students about their lives at home and school. Her Royal Highness is involved with a range of charities, many focussed on improving the lives of children with special needs. She is hugely respected for her work in these areas and as such there was a real buzz at the school and many of the children who had the opportunity to meet her will remember the encounter for a long time!
Although Thames Valley School has been open since 2013, the event last week marked the official opening of the school for children aged five to 16 on the autism spectrum. The NAS runs a network of similar specialist schools which provide fantastic opportunities to the young people who attend.
At Axcis, we specialise in recruiting staff solely for the special educational needs sector, and we are extremely proud of our close relationship with the NAS. We have been helping to recruit staff for their specialist schools, as well as many other SEND schools for over a decade. So, if you are a school manager who needs help to find specialist staff, or if you are a SEND teacher or support worker seeking a new role, get in touch today!