Pictor Academy do not have a Facebook page at present, however, our parents do have their own – they use it to plan events etc.

All details and a link will be available here soon.

Extract from the St Vincents Parish Magazine

Best of Friends

Best of Friends

Many parishioners may be familiar with the outstanding local special school, Pictor Academy, not least because it was recently in the news for winning Best Primary School of the year at the Greater Manchester School Awards. Well-deserved recognition for its exceptional work with children whose difficulties range from physical disabilities to autism or general developmental delay.

What parishioners may not know about, however, is the close relationship that’s been forged over the years between Pictor and our own parish school, for the benefit of pupils from both. Head of St. Vincent’s, Anita Harrop thinks Pictor is “a very special place.” Whilst Jacqui Wheble, headteacher at Pieter, praises St Vincent’s inclusive approach. “St Vincent’s has welcomed our pupils with special needs with open arms.”

In practice, this has meant pupils from Pieter enjoying curriculum time at St Vincent’s, including RE lessons with a Catholic ethos, as well as access to other mainstream school events, such as sports day and mass, together with the associated social benefits. Likewise, children with identified need from St Vincent’s, have been welcomed to experience the specialist provision at Pieter, including therapeutic sessions in the school’s sensory room. Even St Vincent’s staff have had the benefit of Pictor expertise, in training on up-to-date autism approaches from the highly experienced teachers at Pictor.

No better example of this wonderful relationship at work, is in the visits Pieter choir has made to St Vincent’s infants, to sing Easter songs and Christmas carols, which all the children thoroughly enjoyed, much to the delight of both headteachers.

As both schools look forward to the future and continue to build these mutually beneficial connections, Jacqui Wheble ob­serves, “It’s so enriching to have a link with another school that shares the same philosophy as Pictor; that every child is special.”

Above extract from the St Vincents parish magazine

Pictor Academy

Pictor Academy caters for children aged 2 – 11 with special educational needs arising from a range of conditions. A large number of pupils have an autistic spectrum disorder. This means that they have difficulties communicating and interacting with others. They will also have difficulties with play and imagination. Some of our pupils have physical difficulties whilst others may have a language disorder or have a general developmental delay.

Mission Statement

We promote achievement for all and an enjoyment in learning for life

We help each pupil to succeed through a challenging curriculum, innovative teaching and highly trained, experienced staff

We build effective and engaging learning partnerships between school and home

Outreach Support

We are now able to offer the following outreach support to settings:

• observation and advice on meeting the needs of a targeted pupil including strategies, differentiating the curriculum and developing Individual Education Plans

• training packages to support a school in meeting the needs of a targeted pupil

• workshops for staff training and development