News and Events

Trauma Informed Practice for Children and Young People

As a result of funding from NHS England and the integrated framework internally known as ‘Secure Stairs’, Atkinson has led the development of level 3/4 qualification (Certificate and Diploma) which is being accredited through NCFE. Atkinson will be the approved centre for the qualification. The course comprises of seven modules: Continue reading

Raising awareness about radicalisation risks

Safer Devon has launched a public facing communications campaign to raise awareness about the risks of radicalisation and, in particular, the role the internet often plays in that process.   Continue reading

Atkinson refurbishments

For the last 12 months, staff at the home have been in discussions with various design agencies with a view to refurbishing the home.  After a competitive tendering exercise, a generous DFE grant and engagement with our young people so … Continue reading

Bullying awareness

Following on from some successful Equality and Diversity work, our students took part in a Bullying Awareness course.  Over two sessions, some excellent discussions took place around bullying and its impact on others.  The work was followed up with a … Continue reading

Atkinson Art in County Hall

Jo Olsson, Chief Officer for Children’s Services, has received three pieces of artwork created by young people at the Atkinson Home.  The artwork is based on the screen print portraits of pop artist Andy Warhol and the graphic design work … Continue reading

A greener Atkinson

The Atkinson Home will soon have two Scotty Hot Boxes, made possible as a result of a generous grant provided by The Naturesave Trust (  Through the daily running of the Home, there is an amount of waste that can … Continue reading

Jack and the Beanstalk

Throughout December, the Atkinson students have been to see the pantomime Jack and The Beanstalk at the Northcott Theatre in Exeter.  This trip is an integral part of the English curriculum, incorporating a range of skills – listening, following storylines, … Continue reading

Atkinson School offers Duke of Edinburgh award

The Atkinson School are pleased to now be offering the Duke of Edinburgh award. The DoE is the world’s leading youth achievement award, giving millions of 14-24 yrs olds the opportunity to be the very best they can be.  The … Continue reading

Children in Need 2018

Children in Need 2018 was a great day for both students and staff.  The Atkinson School had a non-uniform day with students and staff dressing up in onesies and having their faces painted.  Students produced some delicious cakes for a … Continue reading

Koestler Awards 2018

2018 has been another very successful year for our students in the annual Koestler Awards.  This year, the Atkinson Home has 59 pieces of visual art entered into the awards, produced by 24 different young people.  This includes; Koestler Gold … Continue reading