Welcome from the Principal

Welcome to Blackfriars Academy, a very special place to be educated where every student is valued as an individual. As a staff we work in partnership with parents and carers, taking our responsibility very seriously to provide a personalised education that breaks down barriers to learning and equipping students for the next stage in their lives.

Our learning community comprises approx. 100 students aged between 11-16 and over 60 staff, all working towards the goal of supporting students with profound and complex, or moderate or severe learning needs and profound and complex needs to reach their potential, be it GCSE passes and BTEC accreditation, independent travel on public transport, the vocabulary to make simple choices or improved communication skills. We are special because we provide an outstanding educational experience for a vast range of needs in a supportive and caring atmosphere where students blossom in our inclusive environment.

A Blackfriars’ Education

All students admitted to Blackfriars have an Education, Health Care Plan (EHCP) Click on the tabs below to see how a Blackfriars’ education is organised to meet the students’ Communication and Interaction targets; their Cognitive and Learning targets, their Social, Mental and Emotional targets and their Physical and sensory targets.

Communication & interaction

Read here about how we support our students with their speech, language, social interaction and communication needs

Cognition & learning

Explore our innovative curriculum providing the opportunity for students to reach their potential

Social, emotional & mental health

At the heart of all that we do – read about how we support our students’ mental health needs

Sensory & physical

Supporting students with physical disabilities; a hearing, vision or multi-sensory impairment – read how we overcome physical barriers

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Term dates

October half-term
Monday 25th October – Friday 29 October 2021
School opens Monday 1st November 2021

Christmas
Monday 20th December 2021 – Monday 3rd January 2022
School opens Tuesday 4th January 2022

February Half-term
Friday 18th February 2022 – Friday 25th February 2022
School opens Monday 28th February 2022

Upcoming Events

October half-term
Monday 25th October – Friday 29 October 2021
School opens Monday 1st November 2021

Christmas
Monday 20th December 2021 – Monday 3rd January 2022
School opens Tuesday 4th January 2022