A HALESOWEN school is celebrating becoming the first in the borough to receive a prestigious award for its work with autistic pupils.

Halesbury School, Feldon Lane, has won official Autism Accreditation from the National Autistic Society, the UK's leading charity in its field.

The award was presented by the school's National Autistic Society advisor, Stephanie de Vries, on Monday May 10 - more than a year after achieving the accreditation, which they have not been able to celebrate before due to the Covid pandemic.

Deputy headteacher, Amanda Appleby Payne, said: "We are proud of the acknowledgement of our specialism in providing for our young people and their families who live with autism.

"This identifies our success to date and encourages us to continue to improve our provision for all of our students."

Stephanie said: "Halesbury School should be exceptionally proud of their achievement.

"The National Autism Society's accreditation programme was launched more than 25 years ago and sets extremely high standards, which Halesbury has worked incredibly hard to meet."