Birch Wood Area Special School consists of two successful and vibrant special schools- Birch Wood Grange Drive (age 4-19 years) and Birch Wood Vale (age 11-19 years) which includes Ashton House a secondary specialist autism provision and our newly formed Birch Wood College Post 16.

Across all our sites our ENABLES ethos underpins our teaching and learning to help develop confident and happy young adults ready for their next steps in learning and life.

E Empowering students for independent lives

N Nurture

A Aspire and Achieve

B Belonging

L Love of learning grows

E Engage and interact

S Safe and happy

All students who attend the school have a Statement of Special Educational Need. In order to address the pupils special educational needs. We provide a broad and balanced curriculum which is based on the National Curriculum and equals schemes of work.

About Us


We are an outward looking maintained school, committed to our community in Melton Mowbray and the surrounding areas in Leicestershire. Birch Wood provides a highly specialised and completely unique learning environment, which aims to meet our pupils at their point of need to enable their success. We share a culture which is ambitious without limits 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.

At Birch Wood students are taught in smaller groups, with more than one member of staff in attendance so that we can nurture, challenge and inspire them through to success. We are a well-resourced school with many in house specialists including our own commissioned Speech and Language Therapist and Occupational Therapists. We also offer a range of other therapies and additional support services including Music Therapy, Rebound Therapy and School Councillor.

Grange Drive

At Grange Drive we offer a tailored curriculum that is designed to meet the individual needs of each pupil. We cater to students with a wide range of needs, including those with autism, ADHD, learning difficulties, and physical disabilities. More information can be found: https://birchwoodschool.co.uk/birch-wood

Birch Wood Vale

Birch Wood Vale caters for students aged 11-19 with learning and cognition needs 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. More information can be found:


Ashton House

Ashton House is integrated into Birch Wood Vale School, ensuring students have opportunities to develop positive relationships with peers and skilful staff alike, as well as benefit from a wide range of specialist facilities through the Birch Wood Schools. More information can be found:


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