Brightening lives | Building futures

Birtenshaw School has been shortlisted for the prestigious annual TES Schools Awards. The awards, now in their seventh year, recognise the outstanding contribution to education made by teams and individuals both inside and outside schools. The winners will be revealed at a sparkling awards ceremony and dinner in the Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane, London, on the evening of Friday, June 19. The school has been nominated in the category of Creative School; we are shortlisted against seven other schools from around the country and the only school from Bolton.


 Simon Greenwood is a Learning Support Assistant at Birtenshaw School, a non-maintained Special School in Bolton. Simon supports children with learning and physical disabilities and complex health needs including autistic spectrum condition on a one to one basis every day, Simon is also Asperger’s syndrome (an Autistic Spectrum Condition) and has written an article about how he sees the world. This has inspired Kestrels Class in Birtenshaw School to create some great artwork about how they see their worlds.



Your world is disorder, confusion and noise,


Well done to all the staff and pupils at Birtenshaw school for gaining Artsmark status, a special thank you to Jane Schofield, teacher of Ospreys class who worked diligently to ensure Artsmark status was achieved.

Artsmark is Arts Council England’s flagship programme to enable schools and other organisations to evaluate, strengthen and celebrate their arts and cultural provision.

Birtenshaw school showcased many differing and wide ranging arts projects from collage and printing to writing and composing rock and roll songs.

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).  




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

Director of Education and Care - Julie Barnes




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Who we are

Birtenshaw is a registered charity with the number 1092798 and a company limited by guarantee with the number 2978546
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