We have a number of Occupational Therapists from Bolton NHS Foundation Trust Community Paediatric Team based at the school. They have a range of specialist experience and skills to support children accessing Birtenshaw’s education and care services; 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. Since autumn term 2019, the occupational therapists have introduced new group therapy sessions for all pupils at Birtenshaw School Bolton such as;
Relaxation – This group is usually led as a guided imagery session accompanied by relaxing music. Relaxation can be a great way to start the day for many pupils and improves concentration and mood, can reduce anger and frustration, as well as fatigue.
Busy Bodies – A group designed to support sensory processing and sensory integration. Pupils develop physical skills such as hopping, skipping and jumping, build body awareness and strengthen core muscles.
Bouncersice – A group which provides vestibular and proprioceptive input, improves upper and lower body strength, improves balance and promotes bilateral coordination.
Yoga – A relaxing space to promote emotional wellbeing, improved breathing, increase range of motion and improves flexibility and strength.
These sessions have been a huge success and staff and pupils have engaged in all of the sessions. Staff have reported significant improvements in attention and focus in lessons which has had a positive impact on pupils learning, as well as a generally more positive and relaxed atmosphere in the school.
We are located at Darwen Road, Bromley Cross, Bolton, BL7 9AB
Recognition of Our Achievements
Birtenshaw School Bolton was shortlisted in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 for the prestigious TES Awards. The nominations were Creative School of the Year (2015), Alternative Provision School of the Year (2016) and most recently Birtenshaw School won the Healthy School of the Year in 2018.
During 2016 Birtenshaw School Bolton was also recognised by winning the Character Awards presented by the Department for Education, Primary Provision of the Year by the Autism Professional Awards and Secondary School Head Teacher of the Year through the Bolton News Schools Awards.
In 2018 Birtenshaw School Bolton won the Bolton Active Sports Award for Commitment to PE and Sport. Leah Kemp (teacher) won the Silver Award in a Secondary School, for the 2019 Pearson Teaching Awards.
The school has also been awarded the Sliver Eco Schools Award, Green Tree Award and we hold Silver Arts Mark Status.