Birtenshaw College is a fully accessible and autism-friendly college for young adults with SEND, providing a calm environment through low décor and lighting, safe indoor and outdoor sensory spaces, breakout classrooms and quiet calm rooms.
Facilities at the college are tailored to ensure that disabled learners receive the same access to social, education and work opportunities as other young adults with every learner receiving an individually tailored study programme. College classrooms and outdoor areas are fully accessible for wheelchair users and there are spacious bathrooms situated around the building for learners to access.
All learners have access, as appropriate, to therapeutic interventions, e.g. Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Hydrotherapy. Working closely with the NHS Adult Services Disability team, staff are able to meet the therapeutic needs of learners through planned and monitored interventions which enable them to meet health outcomes from EHC Plans and to focus on learning.
The college is set in spacious grounds which provide for land-based activities, with a smallholding providing opportunity for outdoor learning through horticulture, animal care, habitat management and small-scale woodwork. The college small holding has a range of animals including goats, chickens, rabbits, guinea-pigs and turkeys.
We also have the only inclusive gym in the area, providing a safe environment for learners to participate in exercise and fitness. With accessible equipment and calm, quiet surroundings, the gym is a safe environment which helps to promote confidence, mobility and social interaction. We are also able to regularly access the hydrotherapy pool at the nearby Birtenshaw School in Bolton. Our newly installed Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) and outside gym allows learners to safely access a range of sports, for example, football and basketball.
The onsite café provides a professional working kitchen where students are able to prepare, cook and sell lunches to both learners and staff, as well as providing hospitality for other college events.
The college is securely fenced and has security doors throughout the entire building.