National Diversity Awards 2016

Birtenshaw School has been nominated by parents for a National Diversity Award in the Community Organisation Category. The National Diversity Awards celebrates some of the excellent and inspiring achievements of positive role models and community organisations from across the UK.

At Birtenshaw School we recognise that building a relationship of trust is key to a successful placement therefore transitions into the school are child-centred and carefully planned. Contact with home is daily, sharing with parents all the small steps of progress being made. Parents often comment on the difference that Birtenshaw School has made to their lives; not only is their child happy and settled at school, but that happiness means that home life becomes more settled too.

Road Safety DayDavid Reid, Chief Executive of Birtenshaw said “I am delighted that Birtenshaw School has been nominated for a National Diversity Award.  This nomination came as a complete surprise as a parent of a child who is supported by Birtenshaw nominated us without our knowledge.  In the nomination, the parent, says that the tailored support that Birtenshaw provides to disabled children has not only improved the quality of life of her disabled son, but has improved the lives of her whole family.  What better recommendation could there be for our work!”

Julie Barnes, Director of Education and Care Services said, “The nomination recognises the hard work and dedication of the staff team at Birtenshaw School who work tirelessly to ensure that the disabled children supported by the school have access to a whole range of educational and recreational activities, to challenge them and to build confidence and self-esteem”

The National Diversity Awards received over 20,000 nominations for last year’s event, the judging panel will consider the number of votes cast and the content of the testimonial that is included with the vote in their decision making process. Therefore the more votes and the more detail of the ways you think Birtenshaw school supports disabled children to access their community the more chance we have of being shortlisted for the award.

Nominations are now open and close June 20th 2016 – don’t miss out on your chance to vote for Birtenshaw!

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