Birtenshaw School wins National Award

Birtenshaw School won the Award for Inspirational Education Provision (Primary Schools) at the Autism Professionals Awards. The Awards were presented at a prestigious Awards Dinner held on the first night of the National Autistic Society’s Professional Conference at the stunning Harrogate International Centre.



The annual Autism Professionals Awards were launched in 2013 to recognise and promote good autism practice and inspire others to improve their own work. Birtenshaw School, celebrated its diamond anniversary last year, and educates children and young people, aged 3-19, with special educational needs or disabilities, including those on the autism spectrum.

At Birtenshaw School, the learning day is adapted for each child through clear routines and structured lesson plans. The team’s focus is on developing communication, self-awareness and social interaction skills through creative ways, including play and sensory learning. The school also makes a point of celebrating every achievement, no matter how small it may seem to others.

Director of Operations and Head Teacher, Julie Barnes, said:

“I am delighted that the team at Birtenshaw School has won this national award celebrating excellence and dedication to improving the lives of autistic children. Winning this award is a recognition of the approach taken at the school where every achievement, by a pupil, no matter how small it may appear to others, is celebrated.
I am very proud to be part of such a great team that is tirelessly committed to the ensuring very best in special education provision.”

Birtenshaw School has won and been shortlisted for numerous awards recently, and it is wonderful that the school has again gained national recognition.


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