About Us

Harry Watts Academy opened in September 2020 and caters for children between the ages of 5 and 16 with a diagnosis of Autism. Since opening, there has been a significant demand for places and we currently have 41 pupils on roll. Our students are at the centre of everything that we do, and we pride ourselves on our welcoming family atmosphere. We believe the strong pastoral links with home and the excellent relationships our staff build with our pupils, is the basis for effective learning and development.

Prosper Learning Trust are proud to deliver a school which serves the city of Sunderland and neighbouring areas. Working together with you, our stakeholders and partners we will create a school which is recognised as a centre of excellence both regionally and nationally.

*Prosper Learning Trust (PLT) is a Multi Academy Trust, which was established in January 2018 by Newcastle Bridges School. The Trust currently comprises, Harry Watts Academy, Newcastle Bridges School, Mary Astell Academy and Thomas Bewick Special School. The Trust work together to offer appropriate educational pathways for all its pupils whatever their needs, abilities or interests.

Who is Harry Watts?

Prosper Learning Trust have chosen the name Harry Watts Academy as they want this school to reflect and pay tribute to the heritage of the city of Sunderland.Harry Watts had a real connection to Sunderland having lived and worked there all his life. Born 15 June 1826 to 23 April 1913 Harry Watts was a Sunderland sailor and diver who rescued over 40 people from drowning during his lifetime and assisted in the rescue of another 120 people. Harry received many medals and certificates throughout his life for his heroic achievements.

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