Improving academic performance is one of the main priorities for the new principal who will oversee Purley’s Autism College.
Gina Waglund joined Portfield School from a private school in Cornwall for children with social, emotional and mental health needs.
Portfield is run by Autism Unlimited, a leading charity that helps students with autism ages 4 to 19, and has two Sixth Form sites in Christchurch.
An experienced educator and trained counselor, Mrs. Wagland shared her excitement about leading the school.
“Portfield School has an excellent track record of actively supporting students with autism,” she said.
“There is tremendous commitment to the school from across charities and from the community.
“The staff are really passionate about getting it right for the students and the kids are happy and proud to be here.”
Student therapy, from art and music to dance, is one of Portfield’s hallmarks Mrs. Waglund emphasized.
She added: “On a personal note, one of her two adult children of mine was diagnosed with autism six months before her. It deepens my personal mission to support the success of , in every way possible.”
Siún Cranny, CEO of Autism Unlimited, welcomed her appointment and praised the “talented and welcoming” senior team she will be working with.
“I look forward to working with her.”