Birtenshaw School Liverpool Update
Birtenshaw is due to open a new Special School in Liverpool in January 2018.
On 17 August, a group of senior staff visited the site to see the progress on the building and it has to be said, it’s impressive!
Although the building will not be formally handed over to us until early December, the bulk of the major building work is nearing completion.
Classrooms are taking shape and having their first coats of paint, the therapy areas are being made ready for fit out in September – these will include, Sensory Integration, Rebound Room, Soft Play with Ball Pool, a Multi-Sensory room with Immersive Area and a 25 metre Hydrotherapy Pool.
It has been great to work on this project which has been several years in the planning with Liverpool City Council, the design team and building contractor to ensure that the new building is fit for purpose and will provide a welcoming environment that will meet the learning and therapy needs of disabled pupils in Liverpool and the wider Merseyside area.
The School will be registered as an all through school for 50 pupils; it is expected that many of the pupils will be on the Autistic Spectrum.
The recently appointed Head of School saw the inside of the school for the first time. Stacia Pettersen joins Birtenshaw with a wealth of experience and is looking forward to her new role.
After the visit she said,
I am delighted to be appointed as the Head of School at Birtenshaw, Liverpool. I wish to embody Birtenshaw’s ethos of brightening lives and building futures for pupils and their families. I hope that the school and its fabulous facilities quickly become an integral part of the community.
After meeting with the building contractors and other partners as well as seeing the building in all its glory I am very grateful for this opportunity to lead the new school; I am thoroughly excited for the challenge that lies ahead and I hope to make a positive contribution both within the school and beyond. I wish to give my total commitment to striving for excellence in practice to meet the standard of the exceptional facilities which all have been developed with children at the centre so that we can exceed the expectations of pupils and families.