A SCHOOL which provides support to children with special education needs has been shortlisted for an award.

Somerset Progressive School in Taunton, Somerset, is celebrating reaching the finals of the National Learning Disability and Autism Awards, where it has been nominated for the Positive Behaviour Support Award.

The National Learning Disability and Autism Awards celebrate excellence in the support of people with learning disabilities and pay tribute to those individuals or organisations that excel in providing quality care.

Somerset Progressive School, part of the Keys Group, supports children and young people aged seven – 19 with complex communication, behavioural and emotional needs to move towards a better future by helping students to develop their independence.

Following Somerset Progressive School’s successful nomination, the school’s headteacher, Karl Templeman, was interviewed in front of a panel of judges.

The winner will be announced at a black-tie gala evening at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham on Friday June 28.

Mr Templeman said: “We are delighted that our school has been nominated for the Positive Behaviour Support Award. At Somerset Progressive School, we always go above and beyond to maximise student engagement, and meet all of our students’ needs.

"It is an honour to work with such great colleagues.”

Nicola Kelly, managing director of Education, Keys Group, said: “It is fantastic that Somerset Progressive School has been recognised on a national scale for the brilliant work that the team does.

"At Keys Group, we take pride in the incredible work our staff do every day to make such a positive difference and deliver the very best education possible for our students. I am so proud of my colleagues and wish them the very best of luck.”