Barbara Priestman Academy is a special academy for pupils aged 11-19 with complex needs and/or autism. All pupils have an Education Health & Care Plan or a Statement of Special Educational Need.

The Academy is accessible, inclusive and has close links to the local community.

The curriculum provides challenging and stimulating learning experiences, with realistic yet high expectations of standards, progress and achievement for all.

We have provided a transition timetable, accessibility plan &  flow map for admittance so you know what you can expect. We hope this is helpful to new and prospective parents.

Transition Timetable

Prior to February – Parents discuss options available to their child at the primary school EHCP meeting.

February to May – Discussions take place with the primary school and information is transferred to Barbara Priestman Academy. Deputy Head and Transition Lead for KS3/4 contact primary schools and arrange a visit to meet the student.

An informal meeting is arranged for students and families to attend Barbara Priestman Academy this allows students and families to meet each other and some of the BPA staff.

Summer Term – Transition Lead for KS3/4 works with the students in their primary schools one morning or one afternoon a week for three weeks, extra dates are allocated if we feel this needs to be done.

Students come into Barbara Priestman Academy one morning, one afternoon and three full days, the students are supported by their current staff in this process.

Current staff and Barbara Priestman Academy staff work alongside each other.

A tasting session is arranged with our chef for students and families so they can see and taste the food that we have available at lunchtime.

End of June – Early July – Students are allocated to Year 7 class(es)  Children come into school to meet their new classmates and staff.  Families are invited into school to meet the staff, ask questions, and complete Health Care Plans

There is also a transition plan in place for if students who transfer at different time during the year.


Please see Transition Outline and Transition Plan for the current academic year below:

Flow map for admittance to BPA

SEND Information Report