The Ascent Academies' Trust

Barbara Priestman Academy

What others say about us

At Barbara Priestman Academy we pride ourselves on the close relationships we have with our students, parents and carers, external agencies and the local community. Here we would like to share with you the wonderful feedback we have received.

Audience feedback from Northern Stage performance – 7th November 2017

We were exceptionally proud of our students who performed at Northern stage, we have since received some lovely feedback. We are beaming with pride!

‘I just wanted to write to you to congratulate your young actors on their show last night as part of the Shakespeare Schools project. My daughter was performing with her primary school and it was a great night, however your young people blew me away. They were confident, funny, professional and gave a great performance. They kept it together despite the narrator’s tumble , and he made an excellent come back. So congratulations all round, I bet everyone must be feeling really proud today! Best wishes’

‘Dear staff,I want to congratulate your wonderful cast on a fantastic production of A Midsummers Night Dream last week at Northern Stage. The whole production well spellbinding, the projection was excellent and you brought so many of the characters alive with such great characterisation. It was equally funny and moving.

Special mention to your narrator who embodied the phrase, “the show must go on!” with his heroic return. He was outstanding!

Well done to all the staff involved, your hard work paid off! Best wishes’

Show around 2nd October 2017

‘Thank you for allowing us to visit your amazing school. Appears to be a wonderful learning environment!’

Show around 29th September 2017

‘We were really impressed with the school as a whole, and the relationships between pupils and staff. The school appears to be a lovely place with lots of opportunities for pupils of all abilities. Thank you for making us so welcome.’

Show around 15th September 2017

‘A fantastic school with fantastic facilities! Positive, happy students which speaks volumes.’

Show around 11th September 2017

Very impressed! Nice feel to the school – like a family!
Just felt right.

Parents of a Year 14 Leaver July 2017

Our son would never be where he is today if it wasn’t for your staff at the school. We would therefore wish that you pass on our personal thanks to all staff that have been part of our son’s development.
As parents its times like today that give you that much needed boost in life.

You should be so proud of your school and staff and without that support none of those special kids would have achieved what we saw and heard today.

Prospective Parents feedback July 2017

‘We visited Barbara Priestman Academy today and we think it will be the best place to send our son. The school is amazing! We think his needs will be well met here. The staff seem so friendly. We were very impressed.’
‘Very impressed with what we have seen today. We would be over the moon if our child got accepted into this school. Great set up and we were made to feel very welcome. Thank you.’
‘Very nice school with lovely staff, very clean and tidy and students seem happy.’

Message from a Year 14 student July 2017

Thank you from a parent July 2017

We received a lovely card from a parent of one of our year 8 students,

‘To everyone at Barbara Priestman Academy,
Your dedication to your jobs is the reason my daughter has come along leaps and bounds. I am thoroughly grateful to you all!’

Prospective Parents Tour July 2017

‘What a wonderful school. Staff and pupils so friendly. The facilities are amazing and the children have excellent opportunities.’

‘A very anxious, upset Mam came for a visit and was very impressed with the school. The children were very friendly as were the staff.’

‘It is a very lovely school. Very impressed with the layout. The staff and children are very friendly and it was nice to see some children I know.’

‘We visited Barbara Priestman Academy today and we think it will be the best place to send our son. The school is amazing! And we think his needs will be well met here. The staff seem so friendly. We were very impressed.’

‘Very impressed with what we’ve seen today. We would be over the moon if our child got accepted into this school. Great set up and we were made to feel very welcome. Thank you.’

Family feedback 24th May 2017

When our Grandson joined Barbara Priestman Academy he was unable to communicate very well and was struggling with an eating disorder.

We are thrilled with how much he has come on, especially with his Physics and Maths.

He has overcome a lot of issues since starting Barbara Priestman Academy and now aspires to go to university!

Parent’s comments 5th April 2017

A massive thank you for all the staff have done for my daughter and continue to do.
Especially a massive thanks to Kim and Hayley.

Parent’s of a year 8 student

Parent’s comments 1st March 2017

In the 18 months our daughter has been at Barbara Priestman Academy she has learnt to accept others, recognise her emotions and accept that it is ok to feel those emotions and to understand other people’s feelings. She is now capable of self-regulating, participating within the class setting and tries to be part of the school setting.

We really do appreciate everything you do for our daughter as well as the help and support the Academy gives us as parents.

Thank you.

Parent’s comments 2nd February 2017

This school is amazing! I wish every child who has autism, struggles to go to main stream school, going through stress and anxiety every single day could go to a school like Barbara Priestman Academy.

I can’t praise Barbara Priestman Academy enough. The fact that my child now goes to school without a fight is a huge relief to us. My child has came on so much and we are eternally grateful to all of the staff for their 100% dedication. – Parents of a year 9 student.

Sixth Form Inspection – January 2017

On Wednesday 25th January, we held an inspection of the sixth form with the opportunity to observe lessons and speak to our staff and students. Glen Richardson, Assistant Headteacher said ;
‘To be able to sit and listen to the passion that staff talked with, about what they do and the impact it has on student’s lives and then to see that same passion in lessons which creates an environment that is second to none was fantastic.
The students that talked to Caroline completely backed up what you are trying to achieve with them in all aspects of sixth form life and although we might not always see or hear it from them, they ‘get’ what we are trying to help them achieve both academically and in life skills.
Once again we have been told by a visitor that our students are a great asset to have. I am under no illusions of the role that all staff play across the whole school in equipping them and allowing them to flourish through nurture and opportunities provided to them.
Would our young people be the people they are today without that nurture and opportunity? According to the students I heard from in their meeting with Caroline…  No’

Former Student achieves Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award!

We are so proud of our former student, Alex Clelland, who was presented with his Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award in London recently.
Well Done Alex!



26th September 2016 Duke of Edinburgh visit

On 26th September we were thrilled to host a visit from the Duke of Edinburgh charity. Nicola Merideth, Operations Manager for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award said,

“I would like to thank you on behalf of Mike, Kim, Caroline and myself, for allowing us the privilege to visit your Academy today and to see first hand the truly remarkable work that you all carry out with such passion.

We were greeted with such warmth from you all and it was such a joy to spend time with the students. We loved hearing all about their adventures and seeing the work they do. It looked a lot of fun, but at the same time we appreciate how much effort must go in to ensure your young people get the very best opportunities.

It means so much to us here at the Charity that we can bring some of our special supporters to see Duke of Edinburgh in action. It makes an incredible difference to our relationships and continued support to have these valued opportunities.

Mike and Kim chatted with such emotion and full of admiration of how you deliver the Duke of Edinburgh programmes. I think you may see them again soon!”


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