We have commissioned Occupational Therapists from ‘Shine’ who are based at the school full time. They have an extensive range of specialist experience and skills to support children accessing Birtenshaw School; providing therapeutic interventions which can be carried out in groups or on a one to one basis. This may include sensory assessment and interventions, exercises, pool-based sessions, rebound therapy, provision or advice regarding equipment, and input in to EHCP reviews and other care planning.
Each morning pupils can access sensory circuits; a range of activities designed to stimulate pupils so that they are ready for the day. The session ends with relaxation so that pupils can return to class in a calm state, ready for learning.
We also have commissioned Speech and Language Therapy (SALT) from ‘Communicate’ who are based in the school full time. The SALT team support our Total Communication approach and work closely with staff and pupils to ensure that every child has the skills, aids and adaptations to be able to express their wants and needs. SALT sessions may take place on a one to one basis or group sessions and are differentiated based on the needs and aspirations of pupils. We also provide Brick by Brick lego therapy which supports social communication and language development.
Transition and Induction
Many pupils who come to Birtenshaw School Bolton have been out of education for a period of time and/or have had negative experiences of school in the past. Every transition into Birtenshaw School Bolton is different and completely individual to pupils and their family’s needs. Our priority is to ensure that every pupil settles into life at Birtenshaw School in their own way and all parents and carers are given opportunities to visit the school and meet key members of staff before formal admission.
To support transitions into Birtenshaw School Bolton we can;
- Arrange visits at a time that suits, this may be during school or after school.
- Arrange taster days for children and young people
- Meet with parents, carers, teachers and other professionals
- Visit the child or young person in their current setting; home, school or other service
- Provide social stories and photographs
- Arrange phone calls / video calls
- Arrange visits for children and young people to meet current pupils for lunch or an offsite activity
This is not a comprehensive list and we work closely with families and professionals at every stage of the transition.
There are on average eight pupils in each class. Pupils are classed by stage rather than age and a number of variables are considered before deciding which class would be more suitable. During the assessment period we look at how the child or young person communicates, their academic ability, the peer groups in school and how they might match, the skills and expertise of the staff in each class and many other rationales.
We are located at Darwen Road, Bromley Cross, Bolton, BL7 9AB
Awards and nominations in recognition of our achievements:
- TESHealthy School of the Year.
- The Department for Education Character Awards Winner
- Primary Provision of the Year by the Autism Professional Awards
- Head Teacher of the Year through the Bolton News Schools Awards.
- Bolton Active Sports Award for Commitment to PE and Sport.
- Silver Award in a Secondary School, Pearson Teaching Awards.
- Platinum Eco Schools Award
- Green Tree Award
- Silver Arts Mark Status.
- SMSC Gold Quality Mark Award – view the report by clicking on the link SMSC Nov 22 report