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Birch Wood School is a successful and vibrant area special school which serves Melton Mowbray and the surrounding areas in Leicestershire. We provide a highly specialised and completely unique learning environment, which ensures we can meet a range of learning needs. We share a culture of high aspirations for our children and young people and aim to provide a high quality, relevant and balanced education that focuses on individual, personal and academic achievement.


Our school community has an unwavering passion and determination to continuously improve our school to provide the best outcomes for every pupil. In essence we are a reflective learning community, with the highest standards for our pupils care and education. We take great pride in our school and our ability to work together with parents and professionals to provide students with opportunities to progress and achieve both academically and socially.


Students are taught in small groups, usually with more than one member of staff in attendance so that we can nurture, challenge and inspire them through to success. We are a very well-resourced school with many in house specialists including our own commissioned Speech and Language Therapist and Educational Psychologist. We also offer a range of other therapies and additional support services including Music Therapy and Pet Therapy.


More about Our School

Within the Birch Wood School learning community we have 160 students on role across 3 sites including our Post 16 Centre. We take an individual approach to every child.


Birch Wood School- Grange Drive

  • 2 Early Years/Key Stage 1 Classes catering for PMLD, SLD, MLD including ASD
  • 2 Key Stage 2 Classes catering for PMLD, SLD, MLD including ASD
  • 1 High Functioning ASD specific class ages 5-9 years (small class size of 5 pupils max)
  • 1 High Functioning ASD specific class ages 10-14 years (small class size of 5 pupils max)
  • 1 Key Stage 3 class- PMLD & SLD including ASD
  • 1 Key Stage 4 class- PMLD & SLD
  • 1 Key Stage 4 & 5 Complex Needs (class size 6)

Total number of students: 82


Specialist Autism Provision 5- 14 years

Birch Wood’s high functioning Autism provision provides a highly bespoke learning environment. We develop the provision around the needs of the individual in order to respond to their unique talents and needs. We enable students to feel positive about school so that they feel happy to learn and are proud of their progress and their place in the Birch Wood community. Students benefit from a specialised low sensory environment and structured routines. They are surrounded by a close team of highly trained and dedicated staff with very high ratios of staff- often one to one. Students have access to a therapeutic environment as well as primary trained teachers and secondary trained subject specialists at key stage 3. We have very high aspirations for our student’s academic achievement, but know the importance of getting the foundations for learning right in order for them to flourish.


Birch Wood Vale School- Burton Road

Birch Wood Vale caters for students aged 11-16 with multiple learning difficulties on the moderate learning difficulties spectrum including Autism. We offer a mainstream style curriculum, which is broad and balanced providing students with the opportunity to take a range of qualifications including GCSEs. We are able to provide both SEND specialist teachers and subject specialists in a small nurturing environment with no more than 12 students in a class. Therefore we are able to ensure students get a careful balance of academic opportunities, life skills including preparation for adulthood and therapeutic input. We have a good track record of success with many students achieving GCSEs and moving on to take up college courses.

Total number of students: 59


The Nook at Birch Wood Vale- Burton Road

The Nook is a nurture base which offers a bespoke provision for 11-16 year olds with high functioning autism. Students have the opportunity to follow a personalised curriculum with specialist input from subject specialists and professionals. Students are able take GCSEs and various vocational courses as well as access appropriate therapeutic support in a calm structured environment.

Total number of students: 4


Birch Wood Post 16 Centre- Burton Road

Our Post 16 centre provides a unique and specialist learning environment for 16-19 year olds across a spectrum of needs. Students are divided in to 3 classes which cater for PMLD, SLD and MLD. We offer a full range of accredited courses, which support students in to further education, employment or specialist settings. Students will have the opportunity to continue to develop core skills in numeracy and literacy and build on previous results. Students will further develop independence skills and enrichment through a range of experiences including a residential trips and work experience.

We also have excellent links within the community to support employability and life skills. Our Post 16 Lead works closely with families and outside agencies to ensure our young people are nurtured to be ready for their life beyond Birch Wood.

Total number of students: 30


Across all our sites our ENABLES ethos underpins our teaching and learning and we aim to produce confident, happy young adults ready for their next steps in learning.


At Birch Wood Area Special school you should receive a warm welcome from students and staff, be inspired by their thirst for learning and positive attitudes, sense their enjoyment and respect for each other and be able to see the positive difference.


Rosalind Hopkins