Ascent Autism Specialist College hosts awards evening extravaganza

Ascent Autism Specialist College, based in Newton-le-Willows, held its annual end-of-year Aspire Evening, bringing together students, staff, parents, and community partners to celebrate student achievements.

The celebration took place at the Mercure Hotel Haydock’s marquee, where attendees enjoyed musical performances, an awards ceremony, a buffet, and a disco.

Rachel Newman from the Open Awards joined the evening to congratulate Ascent student Courtney on completing her Access to HE (Higher Education) course, equivalent to three A-levels. Courtney was later awarded the Young Achiever Award.

The college places a huge emphasis on the Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) programme. Representatives from DofE North and Cllr Jeanie Bell, Merseyside Deputy Police Commissioner, attended the event and presented students with bronze and silver awards.

Staff at the college presented students with awards for creativity, support, dedication and more.

Julliet Doherty, head of adult services at Ascent Autism Specialist College, said: “We are so proud of every one of our students and what they have achieved. Seeing them break down barriers makes our job worthwhile. Also, a massive thank you to all our staff, parents, and community partners, without your ongoing support, we wouldn’t be able to provide our students with the best possible experiences and opportunities.”

Ascent Autism Specialist College is part of the Remarkable Charity. The charity has several provisions that support autistic individuals, including Wargrave House School and Sundial Therapy Services.

Robin Bush, CEO of Remarkable Autism Charity, said: “Our mission at Remarkable is to foster a world where autistic individuals are empowered to live happy and fulfilled lives.

“We are exceptionally proud of all our students and their achievements. The recognition is well-deserved, and I have no doubt they will continue to strive for more and achieve great things.”