Birkett House is more than just a school, it’s a real community with each individual being highly valued and with everyone working in partnership to secure the greatest potential and opportunities available.
Birkett House School is a co-educational special school for 175 pupils aged 4-19. Pupils have a range of learning needs from profound and multiple learning difficulties to a moderate disability.
The school, which converted to an Academy in November 2012, is unique in that it is a real community, based on 4 sites which enables us to provide a very specialised and personal education and enhanced range of opportunities…
The main part of the school is based at Wigston where the majority of primary pupils are based in addition to older students whose prime learning need is sensory. This is because the multi – sensory rooms and hydrotherapy pool are on this site. We really pride ourselves in working with our most complex pupils and working so closely in partnership with physio therapists, occupational therapists and parents. Pupil’s needs are provided for in such a holistic way that learning, physio, care and medical needs are integrated seamlessly into a complete holistic program for each individual.
We are planning to move from the Wigston site to a new build specially designed for our pupils on the Wigston Academy Campus in September 2017.
A small group of primary pupils are co-located at Thythorn Field Primary School where they are are able to learn in a highly supportive, inclusive setting. All staff at all our sites are employed by BIRKETT House.
The Centre based at Thomas Estley Community College provides a fantastic base for inclusion and extended opportunities for 2 groups of pupils at Key Stage 3.
Our Senior Department is situated on the grounds of Countesthorpe Community College.
We are presently fortunate to have a residential department which is based at the Wigston site. This department provides a vast range of extended educational opportunities for pupils from Keystage 3 and above culminating in ‘Independent Living Weekends ‘ for our pre-leavers. (This facility will close when the school is re-sited).
We really value contact with parents and carers who we acknowledge will always know their son or daughter better than anyone else. The whole school has an ‘Open Door Policy’ and you are genuinely welcome at any time. Working in partnership with parents is the key to success for all aspects of pupil learning and development.
The staff team work so hard to ensure that your son/ daughter has every opportunity to progress in their learning but also in their independence and general development. All staff strive to pursue the schools vision – CHALLENGE: ACHIEVE: CELEBRATE. It is a privilege and honor to work with such a passionate, hardworking, committed staff team.
I am extremely proud to be the Head of such a fantastic community and extend an invitation to you to come and share in a fantastic experience which is Birkett House School.