This week is Mental health Awareness week. We take the mental heath and well being of our staff seriously. All of our staff recently attended a mental health awareness workshop which was provided by our employee assistance program provider; Health Assured.
Quest School celebrated its 15 Year Anniversary on Friday 10 May, with an event attended by The Mayor of Tonbridge & Malling, Cllr Pam Bates, The Deputy Mayor of Tonbridge & Malling, Cllr Jill Anderson and our local MP, Tom Tugendhat.
We would like to say a sincere thank you to everyone who attended on the day.
We would also like to thank all our staff, pupils, parents/carers, Trustees, Patrons, and friends who have supported us through the years, to help make Quest the Outstanding school it has become.
The pupils are enjoying their lessons after the Easter break.
We offer our pupils a full and wide ranging educational experience, whilst maintaining a clear focus on skills that are essential for their personal development and well being, such as communication, behaviour and independence skills.
We have a distinctive teaching methodology, based on fundamental principles of behaviour science, and a curriculum specifically designed for our pupils’individual needs.
This week, it is World Autism Awareness Week with today being World Autism Awareness Day.
Autism is a complex developmental disability. It is considered to be a spectrum disorder, which means that the degree to which people are affected by it varies from mild to severe. Latest research indicates that autism affects approximately 1 in 100 people (approx half a million people in the UK).
Whilst the degree to which each person is impacted by autism may vary, there are common characteristics of an autistic spectrum disorder:
- impairment of verbal and non-verbal communication
- difficulties with developing social relationships
- lack of flexibility leading to repetitive or routine-bound behaviours
- impaired imaginative ability in play or creativity, for example, when writing
- sensory processing difficulties
People with autism sometimes also have additional co-existing conditions such as ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), dyslexia or dyspraxia.
Autism is a lifelong condition which affects people of every race, background and gender, although it is more prevalent amongst boys than girls. As yet, the causes of Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) remain unknown. As it is such a complex disorder, it is likely that there are multiple factors which involve both genetic and environmental triggers.
Just as the causes of autism remain unclear, it is also the case that there is as yet no ‘cure’ for autism. Research demonstrates that fewer than 10% of adults with autism have sufficient skills to enable them to live any form of independent life, and 60% of adults with autism will remain entirely dependent on others for all aspects of their adult lives.
Our sixth form pupils have been tending to the Quest garden. They have been planting strawberries, kale, lavender, tulips and much more! The plants are watered regularly with lots of weeding to keep the garden looking tidy!