Staff and pupils at Falkland House School, one of Scotland’s top providers of education for boys with additional support needs, today (Wednesday 21st October) hosted a visit from Glasgow Shettleston MSP John Mason.
Mr Mason was welcomed to the school by staff and pupils and then given a guided tour.
The school was the first independent school in Scotland outwith the National Autistic Society to gain Autism accreditation. They now have 75% of pupils with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder diagnosis and also support Young People with SEBN, ADHD and Tourette’s syndrome.
Director of Falkland House School, Stuart Jacob said ‘We were delighted to welcome Mr Mason to our school to meet with the pupils and talk about some of our current work. Falkland House School prides itself on achieving excellence across the board and we are undertaking a number of ongoing innovative projects which are getting the boys ready for future study and employment.
I would like to thanks Mr Mason for taking the time to come and visit and allowing the boys to show him what they have been learning about. “
Senior pupil, Kieran Rae, said: “I discussed the work we’ve been doing with Mr Mason. He was really interested in our log cabin build and the Falkland Contract Services Company which we have started. I think he enjoyed his tour of the school and seeing all the different classes.”
John Mason, MSP for Glasgow Shettleston, commented on his visit, saying: ‘I have to say I was very impressed by my visit. From all I could see, the 22 boys attending are getting a great education as well as wider support in developing life skills.
“The question for myself now is how we can get a more specialised education experience for the many other youngsters on the autistic spectrum. Not every school pupil with autism needs to be at a school like this. But every child on the spectrum needs to have an education that is appropriate for their individual situation.’
As well as being one of the first independent schools in Scotland to gain recognition by the National Autistic Society, Falkland House School also holds the UNICEF Rights Respecting School Award. This award recognises Falkland House’s continued commitment to putting the United Nations Convention on the rights of the child at the heart of the schools planning, policies, practice and ethics.