Welcome to Atkinson

Please leave a comment here  – we would like to know what we did well and the areas we may need to work on. If Atkinson has been your home or you have come to visit a friend or relative we’d love to hear about your experience.


“We are helping young people to understand and manage their emotions.


“We provide a safe and secure home for up to 12 young people aged 10-17. Young people stay with us on a temporary basis when they are experiencing crisis in their lives because they are placing themselves and others at risk, or have a history of absconding from previous placements.


“We offer positive intensive support to each young person, giving them opportunities to develop to their full potential. And we reduce their risk so they can return to a positive lifestyle in the community.”

Darren Beattie, Atkinson Manager

What's new?

DfE funding – window replacement project

Over the course of the last three years, new windows have replaced many of the outdated windows in the communal areas of the home.  A review of the remaining windows across the home was subsequently undertaken which identified a need … Continue reading

The start of a new academic year and looking back at last year…

2017-18 was a busy and productive year at the Atkinson School, for both students and staff. Staff have worked proactively to engage and, in many cases, re-engage the students with education.  We are constantly looking for that learning opportunity to … Continue reading


Atkinson students have been involved in a series of lessons looking at radicalisation and anti-extremism. The students were successful in gaining an AQA unit award entitled “Exploring and understanding values in personal and everyday life”. In addition, the school have … Continue reading