Welcome to Birtenshaw School, Bolton

We are a non-maintained special school for young people aged 3 to 19 years old with Special Education Needs and/or Disability.

Our vision is to “brighten lives and build futures” by ensuring that pupils receive the same learning and social opportunities as other children; which we achieve by providing facilities and a creative curriculum tailored to meet their needs.

With dedicated staff, a unique approach and purpose built facilities; we provide a supportive, safe and happy environment where all young people make progress regardless of ability level.

Occupying a building in Bromley Cross, Bolton specifically designed to be autism friendly, our school offers a comprehensive range of services which have full Autism Accreditation from the National Autistic Society and provides education for children with moderate to severe learning disability, Autistic Spectrum Conditions, significant physical impairment and / or complex health needs.

Many pupils will also have communication difficulties, multi-sensory impairment or present with behaviours that some may find challenging

At the last Ofsted inspection in June 2017 the school was rated as ‘Good’.

We are located at Darwen Road, Bromley Cross, Bolton, BL7 9AB.

From January 2020 Birtenshaw School Bolton will be committed to achieving the Excellence in Pupil Development Award. As a school we already place a strong emphasis on developing pupils ‘soft skills’ such as tolerance, empathy and conflict resolution, communication skills and social interaction.

The award has been designed to encourage leaders to check the impact they are having in implementing their vision and plan to prepare young people for adulthood and independence. The award process supports leaders to evaluate and continuously improve this aspect of the education they provide in school.

The award will recognise the work that we are already doing at Birtenshaw School Bolton and ensure that we can demonstrate our commitment to preparing pupils well for lifelong learning and life beyond school. This award will reinforce our vision of “brightening lives and building futures”.

Occupational Therapy

Kiran and Louise are the Occupational therapists for children’s services at Birtenshaw in Bolton. They are part of the Bolton NHS Foundation Trust Community Paediatric Team. 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.

They have been a huge success and staff and pupils have engaged in all of the sessions. Staff have reported a significant improvement 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 school.

Recognition of Our Achievements

Birtenshaw School, Bolton won 2018 TES Healthy School of the Year award!

Birtenshaw School Bolton was shortlisted in 2015, 2016, and 2017 for the prestigious TES Awards. The nominations were Creative School of the Year (2015), Alternative Provision School of the Year (2016) and most recently Healthy School of the Year for 2017 .

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.

Keeping every child safe is our first priority. All of our staff have an enhanced DBS (previously CRB) clearance and participate in extensive safe-guarding training.

Designated Safeguarding Leads

Designated Safeguarding Lead – Julie Barnes (Deputy Chief Executive – Operations)

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead – Kaylie Crompton (Head of School)