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Cedar House School - residential and day special school in Cumbria | Witherslack Group

Cedar House School

Offers a diverse range of opportunities to enable individual growth and development for children and young people.

Cedar House School is a co-educational independent specialist day and residential school on the North Yorkshire, Lancashire border providing high quality education and care for children between the ages of 7 and 18. The school meets the needs of a diverse group of pupils exhibiting behavioural, emotional and social difficulties, alongside a range of other associated conditions.

As a school, we pride ourselves on supporting pupils’ personal growth and development through a diverse range of opportunities. These range from the mainstream academic challenges of GCSEs to the nurturing of independence and teamwork involved in Duke of Edinburgh and John Muir Trust Awards. The latter awards take full advantage of our North West location, enabling pupils to learn from and care for a woodland environment in the Lake District.

Individual learning support, small class sizes and excellent communication with supporting professionals means that children at Cedar House thrive in a safe, secure and caring environment which supports change and resilience.

Cedar House offers an on site residential provison for up to 38 weeks of the year. As part of the Witherslack Group, Cedar House works in partnership with the following Witherslack Children’s Homes nearby: Orchard House, Woodlands, Cumbria View and Lakeland House. This allows the expansion of the school's on-site boarding options to include 52 week residential care and education, offering excellent levels of communication and consistency for all aspects of a child’s well-being.

Cedar House School at a Glance

  • DCSF registered and approved
  • Customer Service Excellence Award
  • Investor in People Award
  • Day and residential places for boys and girls from 7-18
  • Meets the needs of a diverse group of pupils
  • Wide range of exam opportunities, including GCSEs, Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and the John Muir Trust Award
  • Friendly, motivated and child-centred staff team
  • Excellent staff to pupil ratio (max class size of 8)
  • Opportunity for regular, individual learning support
  • Exceptional pupil/staff relationships supporting change and resilience
  • Excellent communication between the school and supporting professionals in the home area


    Proprietor: Mr Mike Barrow