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.

The underlying philosophy that underpins all that we do in our academy is that students learn best when they feel valued, where their barriers to learning are understood and catered for, where learning is creative and meaningful and where they are active participants in their learning journey. Our team of fabulously committed and trained staff do not work alone in creating this positive environment, we are lucky enough to work alongside physiotherapists, speech therapists, medical and social agencies, working together to meet the needs of our students.