Birtenshaw was established in Bromley Cross, Bolton in 1956. Birtenshaw provides a creative and dynamic range of Care and Education services for children and adults with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND).

Through Birtenshaw Special Schools (in Bolton and Merseyside) and Birtenshaw College we provide education for children and young people with significant physical impairment, complex health needs, learning disability and / or Autistic Spectrum Conditions.

Birtenshaw’s education services are complimented by our social care services, which include several children’s homes, one of which is a short break centre, a domiciliary care agency, supported tenancies, an adults short break centre, plus a sports and recreation programme.

Our aim is to improve the quality of life of the people we support so that they may lead fulfilling lives as independently as possible.

Our mission is Brightening Lives: Building Futures for individuals with Special Education Needs and Disability in Bolton, across the North West and beyond.

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Congratulations to the Class of 2018! Birtenshaw has a long and proud history of supporting the personal and professional development of its employees. The latest success story belongs to Registered Managers in Children’s Services who have…
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