Brightening lives | Building futures

Mr Brew, Headteacher of Birtenshaw Hall School

We were recently visited by old friends of Birtenshaw, Phil Brew and his wife Sue.

Mr Brew came to Birtenshaw Hall Special School for Spastics, as it was then known, as Head teacher in 1978, and his wife Sue became the School Matron - a name that was soon changed to Head of Care.

At that time the majority of pupils were day pupils from the local area, with a number of weekly boarders from around Lancashire. 

Ryan with his sister Holly

Debi Walker is the Company Director at Bury Parents’ Forum.

What is your connection with Birtenshaw?

My son Ryan joined Birtenshaw School earlier this year. We were anticipating a stressful transition for Ryan, given our previous experiences, but we were pleasantly surprised at how quickly he adapted to the new school environment. 

Birtenshaw pool

Did you know our award-winning swimming pool is available for private use?  

The pool, which is next to Birtenshaw School in Bromley Cross, is managed for us by Water Babies who are currently taking  bookings for private use of the pool.

Hourly swimming sessions are available from Monday to Friday, with slots from 8am until 5.30pm and bookings are open to everyone.

There are also daily 'Water Babies' classes for parents and babies, plus bookings can be made for private pool parties (not available during term times).  

Friends of Birtenshaw logo

Friends of Birtenshaw is a new group of volunteers with ambitious plans. Their aim is to recruit local volunteers in order to raise funds towards the recently opened Birtenshaw College. 

Phase 1 of the college opened in September 2014 and is already providing further education and independent living skills to local disabled young adults.  The Friends of Birtenshaw group would like to provide enough funds for work to begin on Phase 2 of the building and renovation programme, which will provide additional facilities and specialist equipment for disabled young adults.

BWFC logo

Birtenshaw has joined the Bolton Wanderers 'Club Together' promotion, which allows you to buy discounted tickets and raise money for us at the same time.

It means you can buy match ticket prices for £10 and Birtenshaw gets £4 for every ticket, so the more people that attend, the more money we will raise!

For example: 50 tickets = £200 cashback!Tickets are available now for the following home games (please note the cut off date for ordering tickets):




Chair: Board of Trustees- Clare Crowther
Chair: School Governing Body - Kath Smith
Chief Executive - David Reid
Deputy Chief Executive - Michelle Hinselwood

Director of Education and Care - Julie Barnes




Darwen Road

Head office: 01204 304 230
School: 01204 306 043

Who we are

Birtenshaw is a registered charity with the number 1092798 and a company limited by guarantee with the number 2978546
Click here to visit our entry on the charity commission website