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St Anthony's Primary shortlisted for 'inspirational' autism award

Congratulations to St Anthony's Primary who have been shortlisted for a national autism award.

Parents of pupils who attend the Johnstone Primary's Communication Development unit nominated the school for the National Autistic Society's Inspirational Education Provision Award.

The unit supports pupils with communication development conditions, including autism, providing an inclusive environment where children can learn and engage with their class and community.

It's the second time the school's been shortlisted for the award. It was runner-up in the same category in 2016.

Jacqueline McBurnie, head teacher at St Anthony's Primary, said: "It's very special to get nominated by our parents. It's an absolute honour to serve these children and their families and to know they value what we do is very touching.

"The learning at St Anthony's is for every child, there are no barriers and our inclusive approach is one of our strengths.

"I am very proud the school has been nominated twice for this award. Hopefully this time we will be winners but getting shortlisted is an amazing achievement."

The primary became the first school in Scotland to win the UK Literacy Association's School of the Year Award in 2018.

The winners will be announced at the National Autistic Society's Autism Professionals Awards in Birmingham on Thursday 7 March.

For more information on autism and the Autism Professionals Awards, visit

Published: 23 January 2019