About Us

Barbara Priestman Academy is a friendly, warm and welcoming academy with a high focus on the achievement of both academic and social skills.  We aim to meet the very individual needs of all of our pupils and their families.

We are a special academy for students aged 11-19 years with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder or complex learning difficulties.

Barbara Priestman Academy is part of The Ascent Academies’ Trust which is a partnership between two secondary special schools in Sunderland, one all age school in Easington and one primary school in Billingham.