Barbara Priestman Academy is for students aged 11-19 years with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder or complex learning difficulties.


Mission Statement

We provide children and young people who have autism and complex learning needs, all of the opportunities necessary so that they develop into wonderful adults who lead fulfilled, happy and purposeful lives.


Our students will have good social relationships, stay healthy and will be supported to become as independent as possible. We are committed to ensuring that clear and realistic outcomes are achieved so that our students have the best possible opportunities to prepare them for adulthood.

Curriculum Intent

Our Curriculum will spark students’ curiosity & interest to learn about the World around them and know how to make it a better place for themselves and others.

A big warm BP welcome to our new students who have joined us on transition today.
It has been great meeting you all.
Our students are all taking part in transition, moving into their new classes for next year or moving over to 6th form. This is challenging for our students and we are super ...proud of you all!

Thursday 21st July.
To celebrate the end of the 2021-2022 school year we will be having a whole school fun day. This will include BBQ, bouncy castles, games, music, dancing and ice cream.
We would like families to join us in the celebrations at 2pm, where you will be able to spend some time... with your child and have fun using the available activities.
School will close for the summer holidays following this event.
We look forward to celebrating another successful year with you on the 21st July.

On Wednesday the 29th of June, the "Wear Here 4 You" prevention bus will be on site. Wear Here 4 You is a mobile prevention service that provides information and support for children and young people in Sunderland. Wear Here 4 You engages young people about issues that matter to them, ...offering advice and support and signposting them to other services where needed.
All pupils will have the opportunity to visit the bus during the school day and we would like to invite families to visit the school bus with your child between 3:30pm and 4pm for those who wish to do so.
This is a good opportunity to find out what support and advice is available in your local area.

Year 11 Parents.
We are hoping to order the Year 11 hoodies in the next few days, however we are still waiting for a few final consent forms. If you have not yet ordered and would like to please contact Hannah ([email protected]) stating if you would like your child’s name printed on... the hoodie and the correct spelling.
Many thanks.

This week’s image made us think about identity and the importance of feeling like we belong. We talked about acceptance and how everyone should respect and embrace difference. What do you see, think and wonder.