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.

Save The Children Christmas Jumper Day 8.12.22
Just a reminder that students are welcome to come into school (Thursday 8th December) wearing Christmas jumpers/colours to support Save The Children charity, any donations can be handed in to the school office.
Many thanks.

This week's National Online Safety guide focuses on social media & mental health. It highlights a number of tips such as how to hide content, setting daily limits and discussing what children have seen online in order to suport children's mental health at home.

This week's image made us think of particular phrases - Time is money. Time is precious. We discussed how we should treasure time and use it wisely and what this actually looks like. We discussed how we're running out of time to save the Earth. What do you see, think and wonder? #p4c ...#thinkingskills #oracy

Wear Here 4 Winter STARS SEND Event
Children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities, along with their family and carers, are invited to our Wear Here 4 Winter STARS SEND Event on Tuesday 3 January 2023, at Barnwell Academy and Monument Centre. The event is free, fully ...inclusive and accessible and there will be a whole host of fun, exciting and engaging activities for families to get involved with.

Booking is now open, however, we are initially only taking bookings for children and young people with an EHCP. Bookings will become available to all children and young people with non-EHCP special educational needs and disabilities soon. Please share the attached flyer, along with the booking link, to any families that might want to attend: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/stars-send-event-wear-here-4-winter-tickets-469050210807.

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STARS SEND Event - Wear Here 4 Winter

Our STARS SEND event is back for winter! Book your tickets to our free, inclusive, fully accessible and family-friendly event.


TikTok is a popular app amongst teens. Please see the parental guidance from the National Online Safety organisation below.

We are pleased to announce that school will be open to all students tomorrow (Friday 25th November) main site and sixth form.