Welcome to Birtenshaw School, Merseyside

Our vision is to ‘brighten lives and build futures’ by ensuring that all pupils receive the same learning and social opportunities as other children. We achieve this by providing outstanding purpose-built facilities and a creative curriculum tailored to meet pupils’ individual needs.

Birtenshaw School, Merseyside offers education for children aged 3-19 with a moderate to severe learning disability and/or complex health needs in conjunction with:

  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder
  • Communication difficulties
  • Multi-sensory impairment
  • Significant medical conditions
  • Physical disability
  • Behaviours that some may find challenging

The school building has been specifically designed to be autism friendly, with wide corridors and low arousal décor to reduce distraction and create an environment conducive to learning. We also offer a range of therapeutic interventions which support children’s academic and social development. Birtenshaw’s established services based in Bolton have full Autism Accreditation from the National Autistic Society and the new School will adopt these standards and work towards accreditation.

The school’s approach is based on the principle of Total Communication, where every behaviour is viewed as communication and we see it as our responsibility to understand what the young person wants or needs. We ensure that our routines and structures support pupils to feel safe and happy. With a dedicated staff team and our unique approach we provide a supportive and safe environment where all young people make progress regard-less of their starting point.


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View our timelapse video for Birtenshaw School, from January 2017 to October 2017.



We believe that the physical environment is essential in setting a positive climate for learning. Our new building opened in January 2018, it is airy and spacious and will provide a calm and safe space in which young people can thrive.

The school has the following facilities:

  • Sensory integration room
  • Rebound therapy room
  • Multi-sensory dark room
  • 25m hydro-therapy pool with multi-sensory sound and light system
  • Soft play area
  • The latest technologies in the classrooms such as touchscreens and iPads

Outside, there are safe enclosed areas for play, a Multi Use Games Area and the school is adjacent to a conservation area.

Merseyside School Governing Body:

    • Kathy Brown – Chair (Trustee) – Safeguarding Lead
    • David Reid – Chief Executive
    • Chris Haworth – Trustee
    • Jo Wade – Trustee
    • Erica Ferguson – Parent Governor
    • Sheryl Forman – Parent Governor
    • Alison Clarke – LA Governor
    • Terry Brown – Governor Services
    • James Ingham – Staff Representative

Designated Safeguarding Leads:

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

Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead – Mark Foster (Assistant Director – Education)

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